Food: Zen Asian Dining

 

Written by Melanie Phillips Clemens in the September 2011 Issue

Zen Asian Dining, in Edmond, is a rare dining experience presenting a variety of authentic Asian cuisine under one roof. Owner Lesly Tran explained how Zen is distinguishable from the ordinary. “People have different cravings for Asian food and if the husband wants Chinese food but the wife wants Vietnamese, they can come to Zen and have both,” said Tran.

The menu boasts Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese dishes made fresh from traditional family recipes born from more than 25 years in the restaurant business. “We have tweaked the recipes from the Grand House originals from almost 30 years of fine dining,” said Tran. The restaurant design uses the principals of Feng Shui, creating a relaxed, soothing atmosphere that belies typical casual dining.

Some of their most popular items include Pad Thai (rice noodles stir fry in a sweet Thai sauce) and Thai basil tilapia. “We make our sauces from scratch. The fresh, spicy, sweet Thai sauce transports you to Thailand,” said Tran. Another favorite is the Mongolian Beef tossed with a sweet, caramel soy sauce.

Tran says Zen Asian uses only high quality ingredients. “Our sesame chicken is unlike anyone else’s. We use all-white chicken tenders or breasts with a light breading. When you taste our food, you taste the quality, healthy and authenticity that makes us different. We believe each person can only eat so much and they owe it to themselves to eat the best,” she said. “Customers tell us they can taste the difference in our food, that we have a quality that you would find in New York. Our regular customers brag about us to their friends then they try us and become regulars.”

Tran shared, “We have a lot of wonderful customers that become friends. I hear about their marriages, the birth of children or someone who passed away. When you enjoy what you do, it’s never work and I love what I do. I want to thank our customers for their support over the past six years. We hope to continue serving them for years to come.” Happy hour is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. every day and features half-price appetizers and discounts on domestic beer, wine and sake.

Zen Asian Dining is located at 3209 S. Broadway, Suite 127 in the Edmond Exchange Shopping Center. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For take-out orders, call 285-2396. Browse their menu at www.zenasiandining.com or find them on Facebook.

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