Although difficult to find Zen is well worth the effort. Hidden away next to the law courts, Zen offers what they describe as Fusion Cuisine a melting pot of far eastern influence and true western glamour.
There are two menus on offer, one for the daytime and an evening menu. I can only really comment on the daytime menu as I have yet to visit on an evening. The daytime menu focuses more on lighter food such as wraps and noodles and is nice for a quick bite to eat with prices around $6.50.
Extremely greasy pad thai, slow service and a strangely bossy waiter who demanded that we either all order starters or nobody could have one. The soup was overwhelmingly salty, but was otherwise okay.
However, they do have one of the coolest ladies rooms in Durham, so I guess that's a good thing, right? You're definitely paying for the decor here, and probably the proximity to the court house. You definitely aren't paying for the attention to detail (yes, that girl is wearing a head-scarf. How about letting her know that the dish she's ordering has pork in it, since it doesn't say so anywhere on the menu).
Went back to Zen yet again when forced to for a group party. Ordered a huge selection of things and none of it was good. It just seems like mediocre microwave Asian food. Nothing has a strong flavor, it all tastes about the same - bland, boring.
Zen is difficult to find near the court House but if you can get a table it is lovely food. Well worth a visit at least ones. It attracts a lot of posh students here as its pretty trendy in town but thats the way Durham is going these days. Uphill.
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