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Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave S

Minneapolis


     •     Age Gyoza $6 (shared)

     •     Kani Avocado Dip $11(shared)

     •     Miso Mussel Sakamushi $8.50


I really enjoyed zen box from the gyoza to mussels, my meal was great.  The Avocado dip was amazing however, a little goes a long way it is very rich, but yum.


The boys were not as impressed, while they had noodles and rice their favorite dishes the flavors where a bit too strong for them.  There is no kids menu.  However, Steve and I enjoyed the leftovers the next day so no real loss.






     •     Sashimi Kimchi $10.50


We were in and out of Zen Box Izakaya in a flash, which is just fine when you have two children who don’t yet appreciate how good this place is.  The feeling is a low priced Japanese restaurant in rented new construction that could be anywhere post-great recession America.  So here we are in Downtown Minneapolis, where the service is really, really good because they know and see that the kids are fussy and don’t yet appreciate how good this food is.


The gyoza is crispy and not greasy, tasty and served with a wonderful spicy house-made kamikaze sauce.  And i would have had more gyoza, if it weren’t for those meddling kids - they even wasted much of the delicious sauce.  The older one ate most of the chips that came along with the Kani Avocado Dip.  That left the parental units with fewer chips and more yummy yummy dip — real crab meat, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, and house-made spicy miso sesame dressing.  I suppose that’s the sacrifice you make with children that don’t yet appreciate avocado and real crab meat.  I enjoyed my Sashimi Kimchi because I’m American.  I doubt that either the Japanese or the Koreans would really care for mixing the two, but to me it was a wonderful super spicy change of pace.  If you love authentic, spicy kimchi and sashimi, check this out.


Did i mention that the service was really, really good?  The server promptly brought out a take home container when the kids did not eat half of their meals.  The parental units will enjoy yummy yummy leftovers.  


I don’t know how soon we’ll be back.  Maybe when the kids are older.  If you go, maybe watch for the happy hour in the bar area, which appears to be very, very trendy.  We ate in the dining area, where there was no wait.

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Excellent

$10-$15

January 29, 2016

$81.95

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