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Zen Sushi and Dumplings

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Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$6 - US$11
Chinese, Japanese, Fast food, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch here with some vegetarian options like udon noodles and dumplings and salmon donburi. All food served in takeaway containers which seemed wasteful even with patrons eating in. The wasabi was awful sitting on the counter. Service is good with food average.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 20 November 2020 via mobile

Hungry after the flight and hotel check, we still can’t recommend it. Very average dumplings, udon and katsu. Scalding green tea from a tea bag that was only brought out at the end of the meal. Restaurant prices for frozen food isle quality at best....End of 2020 this place is rated #1, maybe this was better deserved in the past.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 15 October 2020

Zen has been my go-to for sushi or dumpling lunch since it opened. Since ownership changed i've found that the quality isn't quite what it was. The last couple of times i've had the sushi it wasn't as fresh as i expected, nor was there...the same level of choice of different sushi types. I expect Covid hasn't helped the situation, with less people going through than used to be and therefore slower turnover of food. Service is still very friendly and one of these days i'm going have to try one of their newer Bento or ramen offerings.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 23 September 2020 via mobile

Great sushi. Arrived towards their closing hours and they had no salmon, however the guy at the counter was mind enough to whip some rolls up for me even though they were packing up. Great service and greT food. Will be back again.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 16 July 2020

Zen Sushi and Dumplings has undergone a transformation. I think that during the COVID-19 Lockdown they took the time to refurbish their premises. Now they have seating indoors, which in the winter is very welcome. They even reserved a table for us. The shrimp tempura...udon and ramen that they’ve added to their offerings are delicious and warm. It’s worth a visit.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 29 June 2020

Had lunch here. The dumplings were excellent, the service was friendly and helpful. The ramen was nothing to write home about but pretty good. Like other reviews, I can't understand why this place is number 1 in Christchurch but that's not to say it's not...good - I just wouldn't go out of my way to come here over other places. Still, I would come back for the dumplings alone. :)More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 5 March 2020 via mobile

The sushi is so fresh and tasty! Dumplings are delicous too! Friendly staff, I will definately come back again!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

Zen sushi and dumplings has great meals and drinks. A handy spot doted in the city center with helpful staff and custom made sushi if you have allergies. With free range eggs and king salmon making this the best sushi shop in Christchurch.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020 via mobile

Not really sure how this is the #1 for Christchurch but it was still good Japanese. This isn’t a restaurant it’s really a grab and go lunch spot for workers so most things are premade. The dumplings are the only thing made to order. The...sushi, katsu chicken and dumplings were all delicious. The website says they do bento boxes however the girl serving didn’t even know what a bento box was which was concerning. But the chefs are clearly Japanese because the food was still delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 17 February 2020

I don't get how this place is #1 in a city like christchurch. We stopped her for lunch. We got a 6 pack of sushi and 6 dumplings. The dumplings were decent. The sushi was average. We've had far better. (the tuna was cooked?!?!?). It...wasn't a bad meal by any stretch, more of a snack. I give it a good rating, but don't see how the bulk of the patrons give it a 5. Limited seating meant we ate it on a curb behind the restaurant which didn't help.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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