Zen Japanese Restaurant

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Zen Japanese Restaurant is aiming for the preservation of the traditional culture of Japanese cuisine, which gives the best impression of the cuisine to the patron while being loved by them.

Recently, so called Japanese restaurants crowd the streets we live on. However, many of these places have no knowledge of Japanese history, culture, or cuisine and they focus more on making a profit. We, proudly being Japanese, believe strongly that running a Japanese business requires having an understanding of the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine.
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MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, very authentic Japanse food. Great service and ambience. Felt like I was in Japan for a little while.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

非常に洗練され、素材を活かした素晴らしい和食を頂くことができるお店です。またそのホスピタリティも申し分無いと思います。
決してお値段は安くはありませんが、その値段に見合う価値は充分にあると思います。
またTorontoに行った際には、是非寄らせて頂きたいと思います。

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HR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AAA+++ can’t go wrong coming to Zen

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly. Food was exquisite and creative. Ingredients were fresh.

FA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and food. Amazing overall experience. Highly recommended.

The ambience and decorations don't quite fit with the prices though. We were way over dressed ! When you pay $180 for a course meal, you kind of expect better ambience.

TH
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had wonderful lunch with family and friend visited us from HK, their excellent services and Foods are best in town. Especially the Tai head set, even the slice of ginger taste so good too. Our family are super fans and will go again.

A
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

One of the most over priced Japanese restaurant in Markham, since the move to Markham, the restaurant is focus on Chinese client and it lost the original Japanese atmosphere and culture. The lunch menu is extremely over price, we have a female friend order a grill miso mackerel off the lunch menu, it was priced at $18.5 and with no soup, rice. if you want to add rice and soup it will cost you another $5.5. It came out with one thin slice of Mackerel, and the taste is just so so. This is ridiculous for such a price.
I had a Chirashi, if you know what a proper Chirashi in Japan is, it is supposed to be slice of sashimi onto of sushi rice. And with so many places I had Chirashi in both Japan and Toronto, Zen is the only restaurant to put small chucks of sashimi with a 8 slice of sashimi on it. As you know the small chucks are normally coming from left over parts. This place is just not simply over price, it is a place does not take pride on Japanese culture and food. The original owner is Japanese when it first open many years ago. And I was a customer back in the days. Now I don't even know if the owner is still the same Japanese only, now I will say the chef and server are at least 70% Chinese. I will not recommend any of my friend to Zen if they want to have a true Japanese food experience. There are more authentic Japanese restaurants in Toronto now

TS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I did mention that it was a birthday on my reservation but nothing was done..
A bit disappointed on that..

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s good but not as good as before. Rice for omakase was kind of hard. I would give it another try next time.

t
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Wish the waiter/waitress would understand and speak English better. Very frustrating to order or know what they were talking about.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Too noisy... it’s the second time in last two months we had lunch over there..

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent. Presentation is great. The only thing about this experience is that I have a feeling Of rush. Rush to order and rush to settle the bill.

LZ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

should be Top3 japanese restaurant in town. Great food with great service. Best sushi ever had in toronto. Will go back for sure.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here often, and everything excellent as always! The Omakase is a must

OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi and desert

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F
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic Japanese restaurant with ingredients imported from Japan. The sushi is amazing, I got the omakase and enjoyed every dish. We even ordered more from the menu. Best spot in the house is to sit by the bar so you can watch the chefs make your food. Staff is very attentive and polite. Make sure you have reservations as the restaurant can get busy and it is not very big.

b
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been coming to Zen for several years now. The food and service have always been consistently great and amazing. Seafood is always the freshest and some fish are flown in from Japan. We've celebrated our wedding anniversary at Zen for 3 straight years and we always leave wanting more. We always look forward to their homemade desserts.

OD
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We wanted to try omakase for a friend’s birthday, so we came to Zen. The appetizers and each bit of sushi were delicious, though admittedly about half of the nigiri sushi tasted like we could get elsewhere. Nothing too special about them but the rice was the perfect texture. The last few nigiri sushi served to us were amazing though. The uni, o-toro, and the Negi-toro handroll just melted in our mouth. Definitely a great experience to try once but it is a little too pricey to go back.

F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service could be more attentive for what is charged. Its quite slow.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

the fish quality was not worth the money. Better to go to rin sushi, tachi or shoushin

W
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered Omakase sashimi and sushi for lunch and the provided sushi and sashimi was great.

m
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Zen is always good , consistency in service and food

RF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First impression is everything. Service was and food was just a little above average.

1. Reserved two seats at the bar, and when I arrived they did not provide that to me. I was asked if I called in, I said no I did it through their website. Not once did it say anywhere that I had to call in to reserve the bar.
2. Even after we finished eating, there where still 4 empty seats at the bar that were never taken
3. Their Lobster Tempura was horrible. The first attempt, it came out soggy. The batter was not cooked long enough OR it sat there for a long time. It was so bad I had to send it back. On the 2nd attempt, the tempura was a little better, but the lobster was overcooked. The Chefs definitely didnt know how to do it right

The only positive note was their other Appetizers, Sashimi, Sushi, and Deserts - they did use quality ingredients and did try to make it worth $140.

Maybe if they honored my reservation I would have had a better impression.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our family ci

CC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a long way to go for us and well worth the trip. Unlike similar Omakase restaurants I have been to, there was no "fancy" foam this or saucy that. It was plain, beautifully prepared, perfectly sourced sushi and sashimi and delicious sake. Let's face it: excellent sushi costs $ so we expected the hefty bill at the end of the meal and paid it happily. Not an every day occurrence but a delightful treat.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this lunch based on reviews
It was perfect
5 Star

NL
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Foods and services are beyond excellent. A bit expensive, recommended for special occasion only.

DD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic and fresh Japanese food with a great customer service. Highly recommended to experience a high quality Japanese cuisine.

TH
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very comfy place for authentic Japanese food and very friendly staffs.

h
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food quality up a notch from typical sushi lunch place as are prices - but i understand why. Rating for me is is 4 plus

JC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Japanese food. Service was good and the Sushi was great. It's not your typical sushi joint. The udon soup was also fantastic. It's more expensive than most but it's a very different experience.
Thanks!

D
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

$48 for a bowl of sliced Wagu beef on rice is not right. $18 for a grilled black cod piece of 2 inches is over price to me. Food tastes good but not deserving the price tags.

I did not order the sashima and sushi so no comments there. You can see the high price tag from their tasting menu on their web site.

AC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic Japanese cuisine. Omikaze is one of the best in the city.

KK
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an excellent experience dining at Zen during lunch, and would love to go back again.

RY
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was amazed by the food quality on the first visit a year ago, however, the second visit the food quality feels lowered, mainly the sushi rice feels not as good as previously.

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi you can have outside of Japan.
Omakase sushi experience was amazing. The chef hands you each piece and explain what the fish are, and where they're from. Every piece was so fresh, flavourful.. just amazing. Omakase is expensive but it's definitely worth the price. Would love to go again.

AH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for anniversary. Just great. I was worried portion might be too small for omakase but it was just enough for us. I recommend ordering full omakase set along with gyu beef. Stunning.

CP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi bar experience with the Omakase was amazing! The food comes to you in a decent paste. The waitress and sous chef would tell you what you are about to eat. Definitely worth the money.

On top of the omakase, we wanted to try their Hiba Beef Hot Pot, but the waitress was very honest when I ask if it was too much food and she said yes. So definitely, I will go try the hot pot next time!

Thank you for the wonderful time we had in the restaurant

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment!

w
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service was well executed however I felt rushed. I was in and out of zen in 1 hour after a $140 omakasa dinner menu. I would have hope there be a 10 min gap in between course.

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