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“Best Chinese meal I've had in the US”
Review of Zen Chinese Bistro

Zen Chinese Bistro
Ranked #175 of 636 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is the best Chinese food I've had since I was in China. Super fresh ingredients. While still remain true to US expectations this place comes closer Chinese style cooking. The atmosphere in the upstairs dining room is lovely.

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Thank JoelJukosky
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I tried this place for the first time. Chinese in Portland has been pretty dismal. I was hoping that Zen Bistro would change the landscape. The service was good, the decor was comfortable but too much emphasis on TV sports but the food left a lot to be desired. We tried two dishes that were both lacking in flavor. It seems like they have a set of spices that are understated and the same for at least the two dishes. I think the experience will merit another try but I'm not too hopeful. I've been to many Chinese restaurants in Chinatowns around the country and this place doesn't measure up.

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Used a groupon for first visit and was very pleased with meal/service. Place has been open under a month and think once people visit, they will return. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Decent menu and prices are reasonable for quality of food.

Thank angelajoll
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Don't let the outside appearance fool you.. inside is quite nice/attractive Went for lunch and was pleasantly surprised how good the food was. Everything was made to order and quite tasty. The lunch specials go for approx $9-$10 and are very adequate servings. Place was not busy when we visited ( Sat afternoon about 1;30) but imagine is busier during work week and evenings. Service was excellent and staff seemed very friendly.

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Thank Larry J
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Stan S.
Scarborough, ME

8/30/2012
Today we had lunch for four.The place is clean and the service was pleasant and helpful.We ordered 4 different lunches and all shared.The portions were reasonable,but the flavors and sauces were pretty similar.Overall the experience was not memorable .I will give an evening meal a try,but today I give it a generous 3 stars.Mostly for the service.

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Thank Mainestan
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