55-59 Adelaide Street,
(028) 9023 2244
Zen is a contemporary restaurant in which you can choose from sashimi, sushi, maki and tempura, or they also offer western-style Japanese fusion dishes for the less adventurous.
Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 & 17:30-01:00
Advisable on Fri, Sat, Sun
Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
Avg Food Spend
£10 - £20 per person
Beer from £3.00 per bottle
Wine from £13.00 per bottle
Cocktail List available
Children welcome - anytime
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
We booked a table for two in Zen on Sat 25 Aug 12. During the booking process we were informed that there were two seating times available 1900 or 2115. We opted for the 2115 seating and arrived 20 minutes early. It became apparent that there were plenty of customers waiting for their tables as they were crammed into the meagre waiting space and around the bar on the bottom floor. We approached the only space available and were promptly told to move, as it was the service area of the bar. We ordered two cocktails and the abhorrent barman sneered that they didn't accept cards, it was cash only at the bar. After 50 minutes of waiting and two consultations with the restaurant manager we were informed that there was no table available as people had arrived late for the 1900 slot and hadn't ordered food till 2030! Eventually a large table was sourced upstairs and 3 couples were seated there. The wine list was quite poor and the food certainly not worth the wait or the cost. Needless to say, a disappointing experience that will not be repeated.
I love sushi, and this is the only place I could get some in Belfast. though the quality and value for what you get isn't the best I've had, but as I've said, Its the only place I know of that offers it. Having been to many sushi restaurants whilst on trips to london and abroad, you can tell that its run by chinese and not Japanese, but they do a acceptable of it. Lunch menu seems to be alot more reasonably priced but I have never had time in the day to visit. Service is abit hit or miss here depending on who is serving you.
I hate sushi but my girlfriend loves it! And I love her very much so I went and I was pleasantly surprised! Good range on the menu and, like my girlfriend, great fun and very cheerful!
I went to Zen as a party of four on the 29th November 2008 and it was in absolute turmoil.
Our table was booked for 8.45pm and there were people still waiting to be seated at their table from 8pm and before.
We waited an hour at a packed bar where we couldnt move and had to leave because we were too hungry to wait any longer.
There were far to many tables booked and people waiting than they could obviously cater for.
I dont know if this was due to human error or greed but it was totally unaccpetable and everyone waiting was complaining.
I can safely say I will not be back to zen until it changes management!! This is a shame as the food is good.
Zen has pretty much been hit or miss with a lot of my friends and family but it does seem to depend on what time you go and what you get. I usually opt for the japanese style chicken curry which is without a doubt one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. On the other hand the last time we went my other half got some kind of duck stirfry and was quite disappointed because he had really enjoyed what he had the time before. Then again my sister says they make the best watermelon martinis ever and I definitely enjoyed the lychee one myself! She also really enjoyed her sushi, which is what most people are probably after when they go to a japanese restaurant. It was quite an expensive meal at night-time whereas their lunch menu is excellent value. The general consensus seems to be that if you're going at lunch-time, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and price of the meals, but if you pay the more expensive prices at night, you might be a little disappointed. Am still giving it a 4 though because I've never had a bad experience there myself.
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