Open kitchens are a common trend in the culinary industry in India, and Kolkata’s Zen restaurant is a part of that trend. Located inside the esteemed The Park hotel, Zen puts on a theatrical ambience inspired by open kitchens in traditional Japanese, Chinese and Thai restaurants. Contemporary décor, dark wooden furniture, hardwood floors and dim lighting give the space a minimalist contemporary aesthetic whilst keeping the focus on the open kitchen.
Zen specialises in Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine although the Chinese food served remains a speciality. Like most Asian kitchens, Zen allows its diners to participate in the food preparation process to enhance their experience. The sushi served at Zen is also said to be one of the best in the city, with favourites like ebi nigiri sushi, akami nigiri sushi, and avocado and smoked cheese sushi. Aside from sushi, the lamb pickle chilli in oyster sauce and yasai okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) are worth a try.
Address: Hotel 17, Park St, The Park, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
Cost: ₹5,000/- for two approx.