Old-Fashioned Comfort Food with a Japanese Twist

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Kicking back is serious business for owners John Ng and Lisa Goh of Zen Box Izakaya, the full-sized cousin to popular skyway fixture Zen Box Japanese Eatery. Opened in September, the restaurant takes their vision for casual food that "warms you to the core when it’s cold outside" to a new level, a concept sure to please guests at your next meeting or corporate event.

The menu features home-made Japanese favorites from hearty nikujaga, meaning ‘meat and potatoes,’ to daigaku imo, a delicious plate of bite-sized, fried sweet potatoes. All of these items can be paired with a variety of the country’s famous sake or beer on tap.

Perfect for a casual bite after work, Zen Box Izakaya is also an excellent spot for larger groups. Their private dining room can accommodate 25 seated guests or 35 in a standing-room setting and for bigger events the entire restaurant can be rented to entertain a guest list of 100. In addition, a wall-mounted TV will be installed in the dining room this summer making presentations a snap.

Above all, Zen Box’s attention to detail makes it ideal for planning your next event. The Japanese décor creates a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere and the friendly service will ensure each guest feels welcome. Owner John Ng sums up the Zen Box experience saying, "This is like our home, and when you walk in the door you are a friend."

Kate Trescony
Editorial Assistant
Minnesota Meetings + Events

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