Austin >Food & Dining > Zen Japanese Food Fast
2900 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX | Directions 7875730.358807 -97.736218
Awesome Japanese fast food – Quick, healthful lunch. Everything is tasty, love the green iced tea. Sushi and bowls are good, friendly service.
BLEE-AACCHH. – Sorry, 'healthy'? Would a place that charges extra for 'white meat' instead of 'dark meat' (why not use *all* white to begin with? McDonald's faces the same dilemma as well), for brown rice instead white (again why make a distinction this way?), so that a TINY bowl of something I can easily (ie under 10 mins) whip up at home with 3 ingredients ends up costing $8+...Thanks, but No thanks. I gander in terms of *strictly* portion control, it IS healthy (fasting *has* been scientifically corroborated to lengthen lifespan), but when you're so CHEAP that you need to charge 75 cents extra, 25 cents extra...for 'healthier' (still - organic? NO. free-range? NO) substitutions, your 'lifestyle' (I love this word) eating plans should just be called what they are: Disingenuous Marketing. Which, I see, works on 95%+/-2% Austinites. Yes, Zen Japanese Fast Food, err...Food Fast, I commend you absolutely for your efforts here. Oh, and the South Congress location, every time I walk by there, REEKS.
(And to the 'idiot' below who demands her California rolls be made by Japanese people: when you go to Gattiland, do you always make sure with management that all the cooks *are* Italian?)
HAIR IN MY FOOD? WHAT? – So I have never left a review for anything I just either dont think it was that bad or that good to go through the trouble. But I thought people should know what they are getting themselves into when they eat at Zen. I understand that somethings are fluke they happen to people sometimes but i dont think this is the case. I tried Zen yesterday not really expecting anything great, just cheap and fast. I am not a good food critic I dont really care as long as it isnt that bad but even looking at the sushi you can see that the edges are dry and the avacado was turning brown but i thought oh well just get it and pray you dont get food p****** so I got the sushi. I go to take a bite and see a hair it kind of looks like mine so i go to pull it off and the whole roll unravels practically (OMG) So then I see another one and the same thing happens so i take it up front and get the Dashi Bowl and when I finally get it (after 10 Minutes of the two white guys up front looking at me like i am an idoit and the two MEXICAN cooks in the back looking at me like a piece of meat) I just leave and take it home it wasnt terrible but i had to pick all the broccoli out because it was way undercooked (probably because the mexican cooks were not paying attention) And the salmon was a little salty I ate what i could and Vowed to never return. I can not stress enough how much it takes to send me running for the hills but they certainly did it. MY opinion is that I am glad if you have had good experiences but common sense tells me that most are bad with Mexican cooks (No Offense but if i want mexican food i am not going to be satisfied with a japanese cook either) and No one in there of asian decent. LIGHTBULB
great japanese food – One of the best Japanese restaurants in Austin. There food, service, environment is great. I've tried almost everything on their menu - all just really good. Highly recommended!
Yum! Yum! Teriyaki – I love this place! The staff is always super friendly, the atmosphere is great and the food is consistently good. I haven't had the sushi, but the teriyaki chicken is great!
Best light fast food anywhere in Austin – My husband and I eat at the Anderson Lane location at least once a week and are never disappointed. The food is great and the service is terriffic. Warning, lunch time is hectic, so call ahead if you are in a big hurry. Our favorites are the Spicy Chicken (substitute white meat & brown rice & add broccoli) the Bodhi Bowl, 7 Samauri BBQ and the Chicken Chop Salad (sub the ginger dressing if you are watching your weight). No the sushi is not the quality of some of the more expensive restaurants, but then neither are the prices.
Everytime my brother-in -law come to Austin he has to eat lunch here the first day in town.
The place is always hopping with happy crowds and from the number of repeat visitors (I recognise the faces) I would say they are as satisfied as I am with the food & service.
The prompt service, resonable menu and light options combine the best of fast-food and sit-down dining. – In Short
A cool, simple interior makes Zen a nice place to sit and linger. Avocado-green walls, reed mats suspended from the ceiling, inventive halogen lights and utilitarian stools and tables are bolted to the floor. Young folks on a budget usually populate the place, but those who appreciate good food and fast service have also discovered it. Sushi rolls are super-cheap, as are dishes like sesame soba noodle salad--chilled buckwheat noodles in a sesame soy vinaigarette.
User review by mediums – Service is friendly, the food is fine and arrives quickely. It's nice to have some healthy options such as brown rice. I've found the meals to be somewhat inconsistent, and the noodles are especially risky because they can be overcooked and mushy or inedibly undercooked. My main problem with this place is the lack of cleanliness. Even on an off-hour, every single table needs wiping.
Rude, botched service, sub par food. – Yeah, the food is cheap, but it isn't even very good for the price.
Worse is the service. Nothing but bad attitude dripping from the guy at the counter taking our order - rude and surly. To top it off, he botched the order, leaving out food that was charged and on the ticket. His manager tried to pass it off, saying "we must have been busy." No, you weren't. We were the only people at the counter. Your staff apparently can't get the two essential elements of service right - delivering the order to the customer and not offending them.
Never again. You don't even get what you pay for here.
Ehhh – I don't understand why Zen is so popular - their sushi is not very good at all - not very filling for what you pay - I am not going there again. I think the H-E-B has better sushi for the price.
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