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Zen Japanese

8.9/10
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388 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn (VIC)See map

Average price $35

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $35
Tofu salad *(V)*(GF)
$12
Fresh garden salad, tofu, tomato, radish, tempura flake w Japanese sesame dressing
Seaweed salad
$16
Marinated green seaweed salad served w sweet vinegar sauce
Wafu steak
$27
Premium eye fillet, served w homemade wafu steak sauce & grilled vegetables

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Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous

8.9/10
based on 468 reviews
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Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :8.7/10
Setting :8.3/10
  1. Jerry N.
    Jerry N.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great food, friendly service and good selection of dishes.. BYO or good selection of sake and wines makes it satisfying for all dinners. Will recommend

  2. WENDY P.
    WENDY P.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    We had the most enjoyable experience as the staff were so polite and knowledge of food was a plus.

  3. Stuart G.
    Stuart G.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    A small restaurant that serves typically wonderful Japanese cuisine. The sushi is sliced superbly and is nice and thick. The Kara Age is sublime. Definitely would recommend. Not a huge amount of tables, but is nice and cosy, and not too loud. Can't wait to come back!

  4. John-Paul P.
    John-Paul P.
    • one review
    10/10

    A happy smiling greeting from the staff upon arrival. We began with assorted tempura that was delightfully crispy. For mains a beautifully presented Bento Box. The terikai salmon was great also. All washed down with chilled Asahi ! A good restaurant for any occasion.

  5. Greg L.
    Greg L.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    We have 3 Benton set. My son loves it absolutely. We have been there many years. Good food and service.

  6. Tania F.
    Tania F.
    • one review
    10/10

    Absolutely delicious food and a great atmosphere. A must visit.

  7. Gaby P.
    Gaby P.
    • one review
    9/10

    Lovely spot, food was incredibly tasty and well presented. We were seated by the window which was lovely, the food came out fast, very glad we came, it was a wonderful birthday date!

  8. Jane H.
    Jane H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Perfect venue for family with mixed dietary needs and ages. ( We had our 13 month old grandchild with us and she loved the food). Service prompt and friendly. The food is scrumptious and amazing value for money.

  9. Peter G.
    Peter G.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    The restaurant is relatively small with subtle Japanese decor, a combination that gives one the feeling of being in a private kitchen/ dining area. Menu certainly comprehensive and reasonably priced. Recommend shredded pork belly tepanaki. Excellent off street parking off Oxley Street should Burwood Road be confronting

  10. Darryl S.
    Darryl S.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    competent food , well executed , service professional and competent , eg Kara age chicken- crisp batter, not oily, good size pieces . Wine list adequate,

  11. Lyn C.
    Lyn C.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    The restaurant was really cozy , staff was really friendly and the food was excellent! We ordered the sushi sashimi main and the charcoal sushi main and the wagyu 6+. By time I finished the 2 sushi mains I was almost full . The sushi portions was really generous and something I would go back for again . I think our order pairing choosing the wagyu, did not go well with the sushi as after the softness of the sushi the wagyu couldn’t compare with the softness of the sashimi and sushi . Nevertheless it’s super value for money and I will definitely be back to try some of their other menu items . I have a new favorite

  12. Annette D.
    Annette D.
    • 8 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great food and service for a great price

  13. Barbara M.
    Barbara M.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    Visited for the first time with friends who know Japanese well and were pleasantly delighted with the ambience and food. Will certainly patronise this restaurant again - it might even become our "go-to" eatery!

  14. Samantha H.
    Samantha H.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    The food was delicious however the ambience left a lot to be desired. Sat in the front of the restaurant, table for two, seated next to a large, very noisy, group of younger people. Perhaps arranging tables for smaller groups not to be near, clearly, a party group would have been considerate.

  15. Sharyn T.
    Sharyn T.
    • 16 reviews
    10/10

    The food was fantastic and fresh. Restaurant is a relaxed setting for a casual dinner catch-up with friends. The staff were polite and attentive.

  16. Marie H.
    Marie H.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Food was wonderful and tasty

  17. Philip T.
    Philip T.
    • one review
    9/10

    A delightful restaurant. The food was excellent and the staff happy and friendly. I would recommend people going although from the people already there, the word is out.

  18. Edward K.
    Edward K.
    • 3 reviews
    8/10

    Very nice Japanese restaurant, prefer to go again.Put more effort in the plate presentation will be more attractive. Extend the wine list is another area. In total, this restaurant can be recommended to your friends.

  19. Sanee C.
    Sanee C.
    • one review
    9/10

    We would have like clean plates to eat the sashimi and sushi, which was our last dish. Service was efficient, staff were friendly, we liked the food.

  20. Joy L.
    Joy L.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    First time dining here and really enjoyed the dinner. Good selection, fresh and tasty. Staff were attentive even though we were on the upstairs level.

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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.

Features

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

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