formosa zen

 

Formosa Zen, showcasing Asian cuisine and an elegant modern décor has opened at 180th and Pacific and is looking to be a favorite of diners across the Metro. After leaving Omaha for Boston three years ago, owners Jenny and Andy Hsu have returned home and would rather be nowhere else. The Hsu family has operated the perennially popular China Road for nearly 25 years, and Jenny and Andy are making a splash with their new tribute to their native Thailand with Formosa Zen.

Located on the southeast corner of 180th and Pacific, the location has proven to be tricky for restaurants in recent years. Formerly the location of 94/95 as well as Tommy Calina’s, the building is not easily seen by passers-by. Just to the east of Stories Coffeehouse, Formosa Zen is sure to have staying power once patrons in the Big O learn of it. Jenny and the staff’s hospitality is evident, as they want everyone to be treated like family and have an experience that is far more than just grabbing a bite. Formosa Zen’s menu features a variety of affordable entrées (a steak filet is a very reasonable $12.75), as well as feature dishes such as lamb Chops, Chilean Sea Bass and a Green Ocean Seafood Delight. A kids’ menu is available as well, and diners may call ahead for carry out.

Andy Hsu is the Head Chef and has taken a number of favorites from the China Road menu and made them very much his own. With Formosa Zen’s menu, the result is a much lighter dish than what is typically found in Asian fare, as Chef Hsu does not fry in oil… instead, the vegetables are grilled, providing a much healthier option. Gluten free options are available as well.

“…the atmosphere is modern, sleek and comfortable… and you won’t find a more welcoming staff. Formosa zen should be at the top of anyone’s list in Omaha for Asian cuisine…”

Formosa Zen has a full bar and a large selection of teas. Whether you’re looking for a swanky spot for happy hour, or a comforting location for lunch or diner, you won’t be disappointed. Much like the island of Taiwan was found hidden within the western edge of the Pacific ocean, Formosa Zen is a hidden gem on Western Pacific Street. However, its not likely that it will remain a secret for long.

Formosa Zen
17903 Pierce Plaza
Omaha, NE 68130

402-991-8355

www.formosazen.com

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Aaron December 15, 2015 1:21 am
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Streamlined Americanized Asian food. It’s typically dominated by a singularly greasy flavor. Not something that one would associate with fine dining.

Formoza Zen challenges this mediocre presentation of Asian food with stark contrast. Upon walking into the restaurant, one can feel the difference. The food has distinct flavors, and the decor feels much like a fine dining “sit-down” restaurant.

If you expect authentic Asian food to be of a typical monotone flavor, you will be pleasantly surprised when you enjoy your first meal at Formoza Zen.

Emily H. July 2, 2015 12:16 am
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Jenny the manager stopped by our table and greeted us personally, which was very sweet of her! The atmosphere is very modern and sophisticated and most importantly the food was sensational. I had red curry chicken and my boyfriend had the steak filet with black pepper sauce. It was delicious! Everything was cooked to perfection and had a robust flavor. Will be coming back again soon!

Tamara Parks May 11, 2015 9:28 pm
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Although a little out of the way for us the food is sensational. Jenny has created something very special with Formosa Zen. It’s like healthy Asian cuisine!

Dan February 19, 2015 4:39 am
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Great food and atmosphere. Very friendly staff.

Joseph February 18, 2015 4:05 am
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I was driving by Formosa Zen and decided to stop by. I’ve heard so many great reviews about this new Asian restaurant. I was excited to try something different. With my waist line continuing to expand I was interested to learn more about their healthier options. Instantly, I was curious about a steak and vegetable plate. Steak in an Asian restaurant? Yep, you bet! It was delectable. I was stunned at how tender and flavorful the steak was. The owner, Jenny, told me all about how their steaks are sourced in the area. This Omaha Original is no strange to the Omaha restaurant scene. I learned how Jenny has two other Asian restaurants. No doubt Formosa Zen deserves your visit for lunch or dinner. Next time your thinking of a steak…consider Formosa Zen. The next time you are thinking Asian….consider Formosa Zen. I’ll be back soon.

Tacy February 12, 2015 12:36 am
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After reading the many positive reviews here at Omaha Town Square, my husband and I made it a point to have dinner at Formosa Zen. Our experience was all that we had expected and more. The food was fantasitic. We both selected customized dishes. I chose asian noodles with fresh vegetables, shrimp and a garlic sauce. Our dinners were presented freshly prepared, hot and delicious. The service was impeccable. The price is incredibly affordable. They also offer take out. I highly recommend Formosa Zen located on the south side of 179th and Pacific Street.

Kathy February 9, 2015 5:49 am
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We had amazing food at Formosa Zen and great service. They were very accommodating to my high maintenance ordering.

Tom February 8, 2015 12:48 am
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We have been to Formosa Zen several times. The food is very, very good, and the staff extremely friendly. The owner always stops to chat and is willing to accommodate whatever you want. The decor is very tasteful and warm. It’s too bad they are so tucked away from Pacific — you almost have to know where you’re going. Love this place! Thanks Omaha Town Square!

sam February 7, 2015 6:13 am
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Hands down the best Asian restaurant in Omaha. ~ Sam

Christopher February 7, 2015 6:13 am
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This a must for fans of Asian fare in Omaha… very cool vibe, and the staff are incredible! Its tucked back on 180th and Pacific and not visible from the street, so if you don’t know about it, you could miss it. To miss it would be a shame, because Formosa zen is a gem, and they have happy hour too! This is EXACTLY the type of affordable restaurant that West Omaha has been looking for. Do yourself a favor and stop in for lunch or dinner ~ You may just find yourself a new favorite!