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“Excellent Asian food ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zen Garden Restaurant

Zen Garden Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 465 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Huntsville, Alabama
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332 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Excellent Asian food ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Ordered a ton of food for 6 people.
Cigar prawns, veg spring rolls, salt and pepper vegetables and papaya salad - appetizers
Szechuan chicken, silky bean curd, fried rice, shanghai noodles, spicy potatoes and veg manchurian - main course
What a dining experience. Service was excellent too. I don't understand the complaints from other reviewers.
The decor is outstanding with indoor and outdoor dining facility.

1 Thank shefpat
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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  • Turkish first
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice food and great setting, a bit overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We went to Zen garden for a b-day lunch celebration. The location is great and the food was reasonably tasty, so we had a good time, but it was a bit overpriced.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
1 Thank PaulaNairobi2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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177 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Bad service, strange sashimi”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Second time eating at Zen Garden. I will echo the negative comments made here with regards to the service as it's truly awful. Second time in as many visits our reservation made on the phone hasn't registered with anyone. They're lucky of course as restaurant was the emptiest I had ever seen it. Uninterested waiters like in 99.9% of Nairobi restaurants who it would seem, haven't smiled for years but who make sure to pour you wine after every sip you take. As to my "not great but not bad for Nairobi" Sushi... Everywhere in the world dear Zen gardens, sashimi is ordered and served either one by one or in portions of 4. If you simply google-imaged the word Sashmi you'll see that tuna and salmon sashimi portions come in four BULKY pieces. Why you serve 8 pieces that are almost as thin as smoked fish is beyond me. Oh and please invest in proper wine glasses.

Visited June 2014
Thank djopm
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Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Food and ambience were great, organisation not so much”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Zen Garden has excellent food and is decorated well, however it is huge and that tends to be a problem. Sometimes it can take as long as half an hour to get a menu, and on one occasion there were confusions with a reservation made. Generally, individuals coming for coffee or drinks only, without the intention of eating, are not made to feel very welcome, and sometimes get hurried by the staff.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
    • 5 of 5 stars
Thank Sandaken
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great setting and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Been here a few times and am pleased every time with the good service and food. The setting is great and accommodates for all different sizes if groups. Only complaint was last time it took nearly 45 minutes for the waiter to bring the bill despite multiple requests for it to be brought.

Thank asandhu_13
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