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Zen Review

Entrepreneur Eddie Fung has miraculously transformed a redbrick 19th-century Belfast mill into an Asian oasis housing the city's finest Japanese restaurant. Choose between wooden booths, or, if you're prepared to hunker down on the floor, Japanese-style, opt for the traditional dining area. Handpick your meal at the downstairs sushi bar, or choose a discreet table for two under the serene gaze of (reputedly) Ireland's largest Buddha. Zen has a reputation for authentic fresh sushi and sashimi. The menu includes starters such as Zen dragon-tail ribs coated in honey and plum glaze, Japanese spring rolls, and roast duck samosa. Purists may raise an eyebrow over the crispy prawns, but everyone declares them delicious, as is the honey-peppered shredded chicken. Finish your meal with a Japanese malt whiskey: Nikka Black is smoky and mellow and will round off the perfect dinner.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 55–59 Adelaide St., behind City Hall Central District, Belfast, BT2 8FE | Map It
  • Phone: 028/9023–2244
  • Website:
  • Location: Belfast

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch Sat.
Updated: 04-10-2013

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    "middle of the road place"

    After visiting belfast this weekend, i decided to eat here..i went with an open mind having read both good and bad reviews. I am confident in saying that japanese food should be simple yet prepared well.
    I found the menu full of dishes with only some elements of japanese food. It seemed the menu was scared of being too traditional which for my taste i didn't appreciate. I found the staff and service to be good on a positive, but my heart sunk when i began my prawns where like rubber and main was average, nothing special because it was overwhelmed by the taste of garlic and was only saved by the rice which was an extra side order. This restraunt looks good but has no real claim on being the city's finest, a good interior doesn't distract from average food..It has a good coktail menu, i didn't try any as i didn't really enjoy the meal. I left dissapointed, dreaming of other great japanese meals i have had all over the world...sorry guys, for me i won't be back in a hurry.

    by sally_d5, 10/14/08

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