Zen Japanese

Average price $35
316 reviews

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  • Average price $35 Special request
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Seafood tempura

2pcs of tiger prawn, 3pcs of prawn, fish, calamarie & vegetable

Assorted tempura

2pcs of prawn, 5pcs of vegetables

Prawn tempura

5pcs of prawn & vegetable

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 316 reviews
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Quality of food :9.1/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. Jo W.
    Jo W.
    • 2 reviews

    Staff were lovely. Food was delicious - this is the second time in two weeks that we have enjoyed Zen. We were really impressed with the quality of the sashimi and the delicate tempura. Thank you. We will return after the 6 week restriction is lifted.

  2. Natasha T.
    Natasha T.
    • 2 reviews

    Service was fast and the meal was delicious. Bento box, perfect sampling across the menu and couldn’t resist a serve of the gyoza too. Will definitely visit again.

  3. Dominic L.
    Dominic L.
    • one review

    3 months of isolation and craving sushi like a baby craves milk. Zen did not disappoint. Bento boxes were great and the charcoal sushi is exactly what I needed

  4. Aldo B.
    Aldo B.
    • one review

    This restaurant was suggested to me by some friends who are Japanese foodies and I was not disappointed. The food portions were generous, fresh and well presented. The service was unobtrusive efficient and friendly. Decor was typical Japanese minimalist style, but inviting. More than happy to recommend this to others and we will definitely be returning with the family.

  5. Jo W.
    Jo W.
    • 2 reviews

    Excellent food - quality was amazing. Authentic with a modern twist. Generous serving sizes. Nicely presented. We were welcomed and service was delightful. Will come again. BYO only. Surpassed our expectations.

  6. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 24 reviews

    The restaurant is set up brilliantly to capture your details and present the menu using QR code - so much better than having to write your details down and having a shared menu. The food was excellent - we had the wagyu, unagi and 4 bento boxes - it was amazingly good. Very happy to go back again. Well done Zen !!!

  7. Laura V.
    Laura V.
    • one review

    Authentic Japanese that is worth a try! Service was great, food was even better! My favourite was the sashimi and gyoza. I will be back! Thanks Zen!

  8. Sam P.
    Sam P.
    • 12 reviews

    Quite surprised lovely meal exceptional service definitely will return

  9. Jerry N.
    Jerry N.
    • one review

    Great food and servings were substantial. Very friendly service. Large menu with plenty of choices. Warm ambience and comfortable seating. Enjoyable night.

  10. Astrid M.
    Astrid M.
    • 14 reviews

    Delicious food! Very happy we found this little gem. Teriyaki beef and salmon was delicious. Seafood tempura was also nice and crispy and light. Thank you!

  11. Celene J.
    Celene J.
    • 2 reviews

    This restaurant is well priced and the food is prepared in a quick manner. The staff were friendly and attentive. With alcohol, entrees and main, it was very affordable.

  12. Gordon C.
    Gordon C.
    • one review

    Excellent, reliable, friendly restaurant provides a quiet relaxing atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable service, and excellent food for a reasonable price. One of my hawthorn favourites.

  13. Daphne S.
    Daphne S.
    • 24 reviews

    I am so glad that my favourite Japanese restaurant has opened in Hawthorn and the food is excellent ! We had the bento which was delicious and generous servings and the wagyu steak which was tender melt in your mouth like butter !!! It was also set up to be very safe - a table in each corner of the dining room and you had to scan the QR code for menu and for the contact tracing details - very impressed :-) and happy to go again

  14. Mahsa G.
    Mahsa G.
    • 5 reviews

    We love the food at Zen. It is always fresh and tasty. Recommend it to anyone local

  15. Weiteik C.
    Weiteik C.
    • 4 reviews

    Staff is friendly, service is prompt and the food is good , atmosphere is reasonable, probably a touch noisy but is very acceptable.we will visit again for sure

  16. Justin D.
    Justin D.
    • one review

    Food is so gooooood. Sashimi is beautifully presented and delicious.

  17. Diane T.
    Diane T.
    • 15 reviews

    Very poor service, waited 15-20 minutes & then had to get up to ask for wine glasses. Very slow service all night! Perhaps they were short staffed, been many times before & its been fine.

  18. Stuart B.
    Stuart B.
    • 5 reviews

    Took friends who always “avoid” Japanese as they think it’s expensive and not filling! Now they know differently they will be back. That’s 100% conversion of every person we’ve ever taken to Zen. A local legend in Japanese food. Well done

  19. Annie C.
    Annie C.
    • 6 reviews

    This is the first time we have dined here. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity through Fork to try restaurants. We will definitely return. The wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the ambiance was excellent. The food was hot and tasty and well presented. Well done to all.

  20. Justine C.
    Justine C.
    • one review

    We had a lovely dinner, fresh delicious sashimi, the beef ribs were amazing and tempura nice and crispy. Only let down pork belly dish was quite spicy which is ok but we asked the waiter if it was suitable for kids which it wasn’t so just beware. All in all a great place to eat. And generous serves.

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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.


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