Monday, November 9, 2015

Zengo Debuts Its New “Culinary Tour” Menu

Slow Cooked Pork Ribs

From our friends at Zengo...

Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s colorful Latin-Asian inspired restaurant, Zengo, located at 781 7th Street, NW, is pleased to introduce his new “Culinary Tour” menu, inspired by his recent tour of Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Thailand. During his trip, Sandoval tasted his way through these inspiring culinary epicenters. Upon his return, Sandoval and Zengo’s culinary team, under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Jason Streiff, called upon ingredients they savored to create dishes that showcase the story of Asia’s distinct flavors.

Zengo invites guests to share Zengo’s new “Culinary Tour” menu over drinks, great company and warm hospitality. Each menu item is marked with a “新,” the Chinese character meaning “new” noting that they are exclusive and available for a limited time only. Available from November 9th through January 31st, 2016, the new “Culinary Tour” menu will be offered exclusively during dinner service, beginning at 5 PM.

The “Culinary Tour” menu includes sushi and crudo bar items such as Thai Seafood Ceviche, shrimp, calamari, scallop, chili flake and lime; Grouper Ceviche with uni, leche de tigre, radish and cilantro; Scallop Tiradito with sesame, lime, Serrano, ume and tequila ponzu, and the Tuna Tartar Tostada with avocado, wonton, radish and ponzu. Soups and Salads include Korean Seafood Soup with silken tofu, shrimp, calamari, scallop, chili broth and lime; Tuna Salad with avocado, watermelon, tomato, mixed greens, daikon and a lemon-wasabi vinaigrette, and the Sea Vegetable Salad, wakame, green apple, celery, sea-bean, sesame and pickled ginger vinaigrette.

Items from the Appetizers & Dim Sum section of the menu include Broiled Scallop with mushroom dashi, masago and sambal; Blistered Shishito Peppers with bonito flakes and a soy-mirin glaze; Slow Cooked Pork Ribs with roast garlic chipotle glaze and a spicy cucumber pickle; Pork & Foie Gras Shumai Dumplings with plantains and XO black vinegar, and the Bulgogi Ribeye Tacos, served in a corn tortilla with cucumber kimchi and sesame.

Main Courses include Shanghai Strip Steak with broccolini, and caramelized shallot, soy taro fries, served with lemon aioli; Lemongrass Adobo Chicken, half semi boneless chicken with garlic rice, served with an heirloom tomato salad; Tempura Whole Fish, Chefs daily selection, served with spicy cucumber, bean sprouts, pickled vegetables and a black bean sweet & sour sauce.

Choices from the Wok section of the menu include Short Rib Udon Noodle with XO, Thai basil, long bean and a drunken noodle broth; Bibimbap with pork belly, soft egg, gochujang, pickled vegetables and sticky rice, as well as Chili Crab “Hong Kong” Noodle, crispy noodles with sugar snap pea, asparagus, egg and spicy curry. Prices range from $6 to $29.

Zengo is located at 781 7th Street, NW, and is situated directly next to the Gallery Place/Chinatown H Street metro entrance accessible on the red, yellow and green lines. Lunch is available Monday through Friday, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 10 PM, and Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 12 Midnight. A late night menu is available on Friday and Saturday, from 12 Midnight until 1 AM. The Lounge is open from Sunday through Friday, from 11:30 AM to 11 PM, and Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 3 AM. Weekend brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 3 PM. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 393-2929 or visit