In large red and gold lettering, above potted bamboo plants, the Zen Family Restaurant announces its presence. Serving delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian Bhutanese and Chinese specialties, along with a selection of Tibetan items, the restaurant serves as a welcome oasis of high-quality nourishment in Phuentsholing.
In addition to the many meal options here, guests can choose from a variety of desserts, and enjoy wine, beer, liquor, tea and juice.
Karma Jigme, a man from central Bhutan who previously worked as a local cable operator, opened Zen Family Restaurant in 2008. His reason? Simple: “I love food and want to share it!” The restaurant does Chinese seafood exceptionally well; when Chinese-style lobster appears on the specials board, guests would be well advised to order it.
Zen Family Restaurant features festive, ruby colored paper lamps overhead, decorative vases wrapped in images of dragons, and a chubby, smiling Lucky Buddha statue beaming good wishes to all visitors. The two levels of dining areas feel comfortable, richly colorful, and welcoming.
Overall, this eatery stands out for its high standard of cuisine and comparative luxury amidst the more simple dining options of Phuentsholing.