Zen Sushi and Dumplings

Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Sunday11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

301 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central

03-379 6888

Greenery hangs from the outdoor framing at Market Square, and beneath you’ll find the alluring sights and smells of Zen Sushi and Dumplings.

In true dumpling fashion the menu is small but exact – no need for fancy flavours here when the tried and true work to satisfy cravings time and time again. Choose from pork and chives, chicken coriander, beef, celery and onion or a vegetarian mixture. A generous amount of condiments are delivered alongside the meal too – although beware the spicy sauce, it packs a punch.

Panfried or steamed, the hot little parcels are quickly made up in the small kitchen out back, where steam rises and the kitchen staff juggle ingredients effortlessly. Traditional green tea and a fridge of cold drinks keeps you quenched after eating.

Vowing to do things a little differently here, Zen is adamant about using free-range meats and local salmon, as well as cutting down on the excess of plastics so often coming hand in hand with this food type. Displayed instead in cardboard boxes, the sushi and salads are a vibrant hit on the counter, and soon to be available are the ‘pick your own’ sushi boxes. Cutlery lies in tubes beneath the counter with wooden forks available for those not so fancy with chopsticks.

Even the uniforms are well thought out with the overall theme a bright, airy, contemporary take on traditional sushi outlets.

Sharing an outdoor courtyard area with Canterbury Cheesemongers and a specialist grocery store, means the takeaway morsels can be enjoyed whilst watching the Worcester Street life go by.

Words by Tahlia Vogel & Photography by Nancy Zhou + Naomi Haussmann

301 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central

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