Sunday, December 16, 2007

Zen Asian Bistro in Bellevue

The newly opened Zen Asian Bistro is the greatest new addition to downtown Bellevue.
The place has an alluring atmosphere with a clean but classy, minimalistic decor.
Even before your meal arrives, the experience starts. You are presented with a smoky soup, edamame and a pot of tea. At first I thought it was some kind of lunch special but the same pre-meal pamper is served on the dinner menu as well. I enjoyed the Zen’s chicken in soothing lettuce cup and the vegetable tempura. The vegetable tempura was crunchy and not soggy with a great selection of vegetables. The Chicken Pad Thai($10) was a great blend of flavors and really well done. The sate was nothing special which was totally fine considering everything else was well executed. The staff was genuinely friendly and patient considering that I manically asked them if the food had M.S.G. Nope, none in sight. The prices are reasonable for such trendy and presentable fare($10-15 per entree). I am looking forward to my next Zenful evening because I haven't tried the sushi yet. The place is open until 2 am on some nights of the week.
If you want a great atmosphere with impressive food Zen go there soon.

Zen Asian Bistro
989 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue,
Washington 98004
(425) 453-2999


Andrew said...

The food at Zen is great. Not only is the food delicious, I really enjoyed the presentation of the food. It is a very hip place that is great to bring a date, business associate or just go for lunch.

Also, that is great that it is open until 2am, can't wait to go there for late night!

JohnM said...

Tried this place this last weekend...I had Sushi, my wife had the Thai, and we were able to share. THis was great to be able to enjoy both in one place!

Check it out!


La La said...

I love this place! I get cravings for sushi about once a week, and Zen is the place that always comes to my mind!! The specialty rolls are unique, and you get a lot of them! The Thai food is good too. Everything always tastes fresh and flavorful.

It's also nice that they're open late on the weekends!

frantic foodie said...

yeah, they have great choices

Anonymous said...

It is very cold and uncomfortable to sit at Zen. The food took a while, and I wasn't impressed with the service.

I won't go back.