Zen Bistro first got its start in a small, modest location that only sat about thirty people. After making small changes like updating the dÈcor and menu, they garnered a great reputation and following from the local community. Zen Bistroís popularity continued to grow until there was such high demand that they couldnít keep up with their customers at such a small location anymore. In June of 2013 the Zen Bistro moved to a larger location just two streets south from their original spot. Zen Bistro is owned and operated by the Kamchan family who have been longtime residents in the area. They are focused on providing the Daytona Beach area with high quality, authentic Thai cuisine. Unlike many Thai restaurants, Zen Bistro keeps their menu simple and traditional instead of incorporating other flavors to make fusion food. Zen Bistroís dishes are made with the freshest, finest ingredients by their traditionally trained Thai chefs. One of the most popular dishes at Zen Bistro is their Pad Thai. John Kamchan explains that Pad Thai is the first Thai dish that most Westerners order when trying Thai cuisine for the first time. Pad Thai is actually not a traditional Thai dish though. It was actually created in the 1930s by the King of Thailand because he wanted Thai cuisine to reach global recognition. It worked and now Pad Thai is one of the most recognized Thai dishes around the world. In order to introduce his customers to different, lesser-known Thai dishes, John trains each of his servers to give informational and helpful recommendations. One dish that the Zen Bistro is well-known for besides their Pad Thai is their Curries. They offer traditional Red, Green, and Yellow Curry as well as other more modern styles. Zen Bistro makes sure that their curries are thick and rich with flavor, a detail that is lost in a majority of other restaurants. Zen Bistro also features many different sautÈed dishes that are very popular amongst customers. John believes that attention to detail and consistency are two of the biggest factors in success. Zen Bistro prides themselves on their consistent techniques of how they make dishes, prepare their ingredients, clean the restaurant, and continually use the same brand-specific products. John believes that staying on top of these details are some of the biggest keys to success. Along with Zen Bistroís delicious menu, they also offer great beers and wines. Zen Bistro features many local, high-quality craft beers as well as traditional Thai beers. They have happy hour every day from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM that features one dollar off draft beers, house wines, and house sakes. During the spring and summer months, Zen Bistro also serves fresh coconut drinks in a coconut itself. Zen Bistro also has live music every last Saturday of the month. To add to the traditional, relaxed Thai atmosphere, John brings in instrumental artists a majority of the time. The artists usually play unique and exotic instruments such as the sitar and dulcimer to compliment the dining ambiance. Zen Bistro was also designed using feng shui, which is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. The Kamchan family believes this gives every customer who walks through the door good energy and vibes. All in all, Zen Bistro aims to satisfy every customer with a delicious meal, friendly service, and tranquil atmosphere. Next time youíre in the area make sure to stop by to experience the best authentic Thai cuisine Daytona Beach has to offer!
223 Magnolia Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114