The Zen Restaurant

Glass house restaurant at Zaabeel Park serves south east Asian food

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
Primarily south east Asian, this glass house restaurant at Zaabeel Park also, strangely, serves a variety of Indian dishes. Service is a bit of mess to be honest; not only are some of the waiters downright rude but also incredibly slow. The barbecue chicken skewers with spicy sauce for starters are average at best, with the meat undercooked. The Thai chicken green curry is worse and tastes so diluted and devoid of flavour that it may as well be stock with a hint of curry seasoning. We'd also stay well away from the ‘Zen special fried rice’ – a strange preparation with a little too much soy sauce and an unpleasant aftertaste.

The crunchy beef is definitely crunchy, just not very tasty. For about the same price, you can have a much better experience at Lemongrass for Thai or Gazebo for Indian. If you find yourself absolutely starved in the park, by all means, eat here – it’s quite nice to dine by the lake – but you’re better off just hopping in a taxi and going to a Karama gem. Your stomach and tastebuds will thank you for it. The Zen Restaurant
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 28 March 2011

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai
Tel: 04 358 0099
Travel: Just off Sheikh Zayed Road
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, Thai
Experiences: Takeaway available
Times: Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • george Aug 23, 2012 10:57 am
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    The thai food was just ordinary and nothing special.There are many restaurants in Dubai where you will find the real thai flavor.
  • Mary George Jul 19, 2011 08:52 am
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    We celebrated our daughter's first bday party at Zen... what a super party it was... thanks to Nicky, the owner who was proactive and most helpful with the arrangements. Food was lovely and ofcourse the ambience really rocked!
  • julia Feb 14, 2011 07:21 pm
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    Great view of the lake and park, good food, good selection of dishes, good service BUT need to improve ambience!!!
  • Sandeep Adnani Oct 06, 2009 12:16 pm
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    Excellent place with an ever expanding menu, made more special by the personal service. Authentic ingredients make the dishes extremely tasty and its reasonable too! Very Recommended!
  • Cyna Apr 22, 2009 05:08 am
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    Not on the menu, but staff will arrange for chef to make the BEST Thai duck soup EVER, upon request

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