One of the best-kept secrets of dining in Bury St Edmunds is nestled quietly behind the town’s Angel Hill.
The Zen Noodle bar promises diners a ‘haven of stylish yet informal eating’.
The team delivered on all counts.
We rolled up on a busy Saturday night and expected quite await –the restaurant looked very busy, most tables were full and we were glad we had booked.
The friendly, courteous staff soon came and took our orders with the minimum of fuss and maximum care.
The Zen menu comprises side dishes and main dishes of noodles or rice,including influences from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine.
I always like a table where I can see the kitchen at Zen – your meal is cooked immediately for ultimate freshness and is served from the open plan kitchen. I love to watch what the chefs are doing in any eaterie and how effortlessly they cope with the wide demands of hungry diners.
I plumped for vegetable spring rolls (£4.20) with a main of Szechaun chicken and rice (£8.80). The sauce was divine and the mixture of chicken cooked with seasonal vegetables and cashew nuts plus chilli worked superbly. I
had no room for dessert.
My partner went for vegetable noodles (£7.80) for main, which were fresh and filling.
Her side of crispy duck rolls (£5.80), when coupled with the thick hoisin sauce, was superb.
In all my visits to Zen, I always leave the noodle bar with a sense of having eaten very well indeed.
Zen Noodle Bar, Angel Lane, Bury St Edmunds
Side dishes and main dishes of noodles or rice, including influences from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine.
Most starters are around the £5.50-mark.
Mains are between £8-£10 and range through wok-fried noodle dishes and rice dishes to noodle soup.
Bottles of wine range from £13-£20.
The dessert menu is compact.
To book: 01284723559
Takeaways attract a £10% discount.
More at www.zenbury.co.uk