The Zen Restaurant

Glass house restaurant at Zaabeel Park serves south east Asian food Reviews

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.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 358 0099
  • Travel: Just off Sheikh Zayed Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: george on 23 Aug ' 12 at 10:57
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The thai food was just ordinary and nothing special.There are many restaurants in Dubai where you will find the real thai flavor.

Posted by: Mary George on 19 Jul ' 11 at 08:52
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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!

Posted by: julia on 14 Feb ' 11 at 19:21
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great view of the lake and park, good food, good selection of dishes, good service BUT need to improve ambience!!!

Posted by: Sandeep Adnani on 06 Oct ' 09 at 12:16
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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!

Posted by: Cyna on 22 Apr ' 09 at 05:08
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Not on the menu, but staff will arrange for chef to make the BEST Thai duck soup EVER, upon request

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