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Zen Japanese

388 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn (VIC)See map

Average price $35

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  • Average price $35
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Tofu salad *(V)*(GF)
Fresh garden salad, tofu, tomato, radish, tempura flake w Japanese sesame dressing
Seaweed salad
Marinated green seaweed salad served w sweet vinegar sauce
Wafu steak
Premium eye fillet, served w homemade wafu steak sauce & grilled vegetables
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Ratings & Reviews


based on 387 reviews
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Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Bonnie K.
    Bonnie K.
    • one review

    Food was excellent, tempura was crunchy, not greasy, good size prawns and vegetables were cooked through well, YakiUdon was tasty, noodles were beautiful, Sashimi and Nigiri was very fresh

  2. Andrew T.
    Andrew T.
    • one review

    A very enjoyable dinner with impeccable service. The staff were very helpful and on a hot night kept us well supplied with cold bottled water. Will return soon.

  3. Natalie S.
    Natalie S.
    • 31 reviews

    Fist time dining at this restaurant and wasn’t disappointed at all. Very authentic tasty Japanese food with beautiful presentation. Definitely worth a visit.

  4. Eugenia K.
    Eugenia K.
    • one review

    Super cute restaurant, really tasty food but pretty pricey for the portion sizes. Staff were virtually non existent when you needed to order or get any help. I would go back if I wanted to treat myself

  5. Jen T.
    Jen T.
    • 2 reviews

    Food and service were great but I wish that the staff including the chef would wear a mask especially when it’s now mandatory to wear masks indoor. I probably won’t return until I feel confident in their covid safe precaution

  6. Choon Fah L.
    Choon Fah L.
    • one review

    We really enjoyed the food and the service. However, the service was a bit slow which is understandable given it was New Year’s Eve. We would like to go back on a normal night when the staff was not over stretched. We will definitely return to enjoy the food.

  7. Kate M.
    Kate M.
    • 2 reviews

    Staff were amazing, food was brilliant! So fresh and delicious! The sashimi was especially good. We will be back. What a win. Love this place and such a hidden gem !

  8. Wirat S.
    Wirat S.
    • one review

    We love Zen, food excellent convenient near home been there many times have not disappointed.

  9. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 27 reviews

    My family and I enjoyed our dinner at Zen - the bento boxes and the unagi was excellent ! We also enjoyed the renovated private rooms upstairs - it was the first time we had a private room to ourselves at Zen and it is lovely - especially liked the chandeliers. Will definitely be going back !!!

  10. Julie M.
    Julie M.
    • 7 reviews

    Great food but service always a little slow. Mains did not come out together. Starters came out well after mains.

  11. Belinda L.
    Belinda L.
    • one review

    The restaurant is small and intimate with a lovely ambience. Food is delicious and came promptly. Would highly recommend especially the tempura and bbqed eel sushi.

  12. Lacinta R.
    Lacinta R.
    • 19 reviews

    Beautiful food and wonderful service, will definitely be coming back here.

  13. Kitty L.
    Kitty L.
    • 9 reviews

    Food was good and reasonably priced. However the restaurant was very noisy and no social distancing. We also noticed the strange seating arrangement. All westerners were seated at the front room and Asians including us at the backroom.....

  14. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 27 reviews

    Zen is my favourite Japanese restaurant, food is excellent, we had the bento boxes which are amazing value and we are always needing to take food home. They have updated the restaurant with new carpets and paint and very private rooms upstairs - love it. Staff are always friendly and professional and happy to go back again !

  15. Ranil R.
    Ranil R.
    • one review

    We liked the food...

  16. Michael P.
    Michael P.
    • 11 reviews

    Awesome Japanese food & friendly service

  17. Daniel K.
    Daniel K.
    • 7 reviews

    This is actually a large, small place with many of the diners mentioning that they are regulars. Food was delicious. Our service was slow but that did not seem to be the norm. I found it to be slightly pricey at about $60 a person with tea (no alcohol or other drinks). Still, this is a nice place to eat.

  18. Anita D.
    Anita D.
    • one review

    Really amazing food and well organised, would go back again 10000%

  19. Anita S.
    Anita S.
    • 5 reviews

    Great food! Sushi and sashimi so so fresh! The nasu is the best I’ve had!

  20. Cristina A.
    Cristina A.
    • one review

    Delicious food, great price and really lovely staff. One of our phones had no battery and they kindly charged it . My niece had a stomach ache and their were lovely saying she would feel better soon

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How to get to the restaurant

388 Burwood Rd, , Hawthorn (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Hawthorn, Melbourne East

About the restaurant

I think I'm turning Japanese.

From the endearingly giggly service to the tea-light-lit tables and palate tickler of silky potato with mayo, Zen’s little shopfront is a charmer. Meaning kindness and goodness, Zen Japanese represents exactly that. This little haven is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend after a busy week.

Continuously seeking improvements, these guys are not simply working towards becoming a great restaurant, but also creating a memorable place for their customers to keep coming back to.

Best dish: Sizzling beef teriyaki with grilled vegetables.


Asian, Noodle, Sushi, Welcome, Christmas and New Year,


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