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Zen Noodle Bar

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86-87 Duke Street | CM1 1JP, Chelmsford CM1 1JP, England
+44 1245 349450
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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724 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having been here a few times before, I'm never really sure how I feel after leaving. There is nothing bad about this place, the food is good, the portions are good, the service is polite. It just doesn't feel like a Chinese or noodle place that is a must, maybe it's the very corporate office like setting or the just... More 

Thank nomadlad
Woodham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely love zen noodle bar. Every time I go the food is amazing, and I've been more than a fair few times! The dishes always have so much flavour, the restaurant is really clean and the staff are very friendly. The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the food. I really hope zen manages to stay afloat... More 

Thank becky1245
Braintree, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited recently with a business connection for lunch but have also been with friends. As I have always found service was excellent and food very good. They are geared up for lunch trade and turn the meals around quickly. Have not been in the evening but would certainly recommend for lunch. Very competitively priced.

Thank Joann K
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I feel this review needs a little caveat...have visited many times before and have enjoyed our meals. Booked a table with friends and arrived to a restaurant maybe 3/4 full. Ordered our food and then it went down hill from there. Waited a full 90 minutes before our starters arrived and to make matters worse take away food was being... More 

Thank TheRaven1984
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Quick lunch. Duck main really chewy. Spicy ribs - not spicy but (also) very chewy. Plenty of better independent and even chain noodle places. Staff seemed pleasant. Random beeping from behind counter got irritating after a while.

Thank JMcFish
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

I've eaten here a few times wanting it to be similar to leks Thai (pad thai) or wagamamas but it's always a bit meh. Too much sauce so noodles are soggy and their pad Thai was too sweet for me

Thank Jdawg247121
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I was disapointed with my takeaway .Considering all the great reviews on this website i was expecting something really good. Unfortunately it was just average and not really any different to any other chinese food takeaway in chelmsford. I had a main and 2 sides which came to £22 .The same order from elsewhere costs around £15. The zen special... More 

Thank Frontinius s
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Have been to Zen many times and would choose to go again and again. It's a comfy setting, good menu and a good selection of dishes to choose from especially if you dont eat meat.

1 Thank Itsmethebest
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Shopping trip to Chelmsford, looked for somewhere different for lunch and discovered Zen. My wife had the Tom Yum Vermicelli soup which was a large portion of delicious food. I had the Tempura Prawns and Zen Combo curry from the specials menu, both of which were excellent and again, a generous portion. We'll certainly be back here, a real treat... More 

Thank Jim S
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Popped in after some sales shopping this week. Smelt really good when we walked in, we found a good mixture of food available, from memory drinks were well priced too, having some dumplings which were followed by Singapore Noodle main. We both enjoyed our meals, portions could be a little bigger but all the food was tasty and will certainly... More 

Thank Craig H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$28
Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
12:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86-87 Duke Street | CM1 1JP, Chelmsford CM1 1JP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1245 349450

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?