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“Great atmosphere, great service and great...”
Review of Zen

Ranked #16 of 305 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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“Great atmosphere, great service and great...”
Reviewed 1 February 2010

Great atmosphere, great service and great food. Best in Durham.

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Thank jakey07
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2010

Durham has a surfeit of Italian and Indian restaurants, but we fancied Thai food. Luckily, we happened upon Zen.

My guess is that the restaurant hasn't been open too long - decor is fresh and modern.

We booked for dinner on a snowy Sunday evening, and recieved a warm welcome.

The menu is more fusion than Thai, with good choices. We thought the prices were a bit high, but when we saw the food we changed our minds - the prices definitely reflect the food.

We had a mixed started - fairly traditional Thai with stuffed crab claws, satays and squid. Beautifully presented in a bamboo steamer and plenty for 2 people.

Our main courses were green curry and a chicken, chilli and basil stir fry. Loved the rice in it's banana leaf hat, and the main course servings were huge, even by my standards (being a lady of traditional build).

The ambience is club meets restaurant, low light, dance music, nice decor.

We would definitely visit again. And, on a side note, check out the view of the cathedral from the end of the street.

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2 Thank batgirl99
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

Arrived without a booking and it was busy but still managed to get a table, and the service was good, and the food was amazing. Price wise it is value for money especially the lunch. Drinks are quite expensive but overall it was great and have been back many times since.

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Thank Dinnerisready
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