And when I say 'good', i mean just that. Good! Not average..not great!
My colleague had told me a couple of months back that Zen is a very expensive restaurant with excellent chinese food! So, I decided to try out the place to celebrate my wife's pay hike :p
sigh! My colleague was definitely right on the cost front. I wish he was correct on the food part too!
The ambience was good, although the tables were placed way too closely for my comfort. The waiters were not all that courteous ... politeness is something which I have begun to expect out of top restaurant waiters. The waiters in Zen bang the plates down on your table with an audible sound..once is a mistake ..again and again can only be an unattractive habit..or worse still, a bad attitude!
Coming to the food..we are vegetarians and tried the lemon coriander soup and vegetable manchurian for starters. We ordered egg fried rice with zen special vegetables for the main course.
The food comes in good portions and is presented well in pleasing china. But I am afraid I have to say I have eaten better chinese food. I have been to Mainland china and Bamboo shoots in Bangalore which serve excellent chinese food. Zen does a decent fare but not something that I would look forward to going back to again and again.
To cap it all, the waiter serving us actually asked for a tip explicitly. After charging 10% service charge!
You may wonder why I gave a rating of 'average' after saying that the food is good. Well, bad service took some points away. Also, when we were given our table, there were a few crumbs of food left lying there by the previous guests which the not so adept waiters missed to clean out.
For those who are planning to go eat at this restaurant, do go by all means! the restaurant is recommended. But dont go there with too many expectations.