Restaurants & Bars 4

Zengo report

Steve | Dec 23, 2005 10:13 PM

Eight of us descended upon Zengo for lunch today, and try as we might, I don't think we were as hip, cool, or swank as the surroundings.

The menu at this Asian-Latin Fusion soon-to-be Hot Spot invites grazing, split into four sections from sushi/ceviches to entrees. in between there are cute mini-empanadas, mini-arepas, mini-egg rolls, alright ENOUGH WITH THE MINI THEME.

Ironically, we had the most success with the unminiaturized portion of the menu. The main courses feature a zowee Crispy Tofu - perhaps everyone's favorite dish, with an impressive black cod done citrus-y, and an earthy robust skirt steak. A Szechwan (their spelling) pork with corn salsa was a standard soy glaze thin pork, ok, but more Mandarin than Sichuan, and more bad than good.

Prices seemed reasonable, but they creep up for dinner (tofu goes from 14 to 17, cod from 24 to 26, the skirt steak becomes short ribs for dinner and goes from 17 to 23).

The other three sections of menu feature fun food, but I'm not sure if I'm in the mood for paying $8.50 to $11 for any of them. They were all pretty good. Everyone seemed impressed with the sauce for the empanada, but does anyone remember actually tasting the empanada? Same for the arepa, which is quite tiny and rigid.

Anyway, the idea is to share these plates, to go with a group of friends, that's what we did, and we all enjoyed it a good deal.

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