Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On-the-Go Lunch Options from Richard Sandoval Restaurants

Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval

From our friends at Richard Sandoval Restaurants...

Look no further than celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval’s D.C. restaurants for satisfying lunch options for those diners on-the-go. First up, the colorful Latin-Asian inspired restaurant in the heart of Chinatown, Zengo, located at 781 7th Street, NW, 20001. This popular restaurant offers guests an express lunch featuring four different bento box options prepared by Chef De Cuisine Jason Streiff. The boxes are featured Monday through Friday, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and can be enjoyed at the restaurant or taken to go.

Zengo's Express lunch features the #1 Entree Bento Box, priced at $15.50, which includes a choice of Tandoori Chicken with achiote marsala marinade; Crispy Catfish with Chinese black bean and sweet chile sauce; Crispy Tofu lemon togarashi aioli and sweet chile sauce, or the Rotating Special, which includes the chef’s entrĂ©e of the day, wok tossed vegetables and vegetable fried rice. The #2 Sandwich Bento Box, priced at $13.50, includes a choice of Grilled Chicken Torta with achiote marinated chicken, guacamole black bean puree, pickled onion and lettuce, or Crispy Catfish Sandwich with aji amarillo tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato, accompanied with fries or green salad. The #3 Dim Sum Bento Box, priced at $13.50 includes a choice of two Thai Chicken Empanadas with chile poblano, Oaxaca cheese and mango curry salsa, or two Achiote Pork Arepas, corn masa with avocado and crema fresca, served with miso soup and vegetable fried rice. The #4 Sushi Bento Box, priced at $12.50, includes a choice of the Angry Zengo Roll with spicy yellowfin tuna, avocado, cucumber wasabi tobiko and chipotle rouille, or the Vegetarian Roll with asparagus, red pepper, avocado, mushroom and lemon-sake aioli, served with miso soup and papaya salad. Additionally guests are also invited to order from Zengo's a la carte lunch menu with prices ranging from $7.50 to $14.50. All pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Fans of the restaurant can place large office orders for pick-up only; orders can be made by calling (202) 393-2929. Additional information about the restaurant can be found at:

Toro Toro, located at 1300 I Street, NW, 20005, offers an On-the-Run Executive Express Lunch Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Chef de Cuisine Felipe Milanes' lunch option is priced at $15 or $23 per person (tax and gratuity not included), and includes the choice of a soft drink, iced tea or lemonade. For $15, guests can enjoy a lunch buffet that features Toro Toro's signature dishes, and for $23 per person, guests can indulge in a lavish rotating menu of the Chef’s Daily Selections along with a selection of carved meats. These special options allow guests to take multiple trips to try the various dishes showcased, and must be ordered by the entire table. Toro Toro’s signature cold item buffet includes offerings such as Assorted Breads, a Charcuterie and Cheese Selection, served with chipotle hummus; Avocado Salad with red onion, peppers, olive oil and lemon; Asparagus Salad, grilled asparagus and chimichurri; Shrimp Cocktail with rocoto cocktail sauce; Beet Salad with manchego cheese, green onion and a roasted shallot-sherry vinaigrette, and a Build Your Own Salad with baby greens, spinach, cherry tomatoes, chayote garlic croutons, wonton crisps, and queso fresco. Chef’s daily selections available at the $23 price point include Achiote Chicken, Chorizo and Picanha; Monday: Meatball with house ground sirloin, spicy tomato and mozzarella; Tuesday: Chipotle BBQ Pork Shoulder with ancho chili, chipotle and Mexican chocolate; Wednesday: Roasted Chicken with special weekly preparations; Thursday: Glazed Pork Ribs with kabayaki, sesame, and Chinese five spice, and on Friday: Churrasco Steak, grilled angus beef.  For more information, please call (202) 682-9500 or visit

El Centro D.F., with two locations at 1819 14th Street NW, 20009 and in Georgetown at 1218 Wisconsin Ave, NW, 20007, offers diners a lunch special featuring three different lunch trios, served Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Guests can enjoy a trio of authentic Mexican comfort foods prepared by Chef de Cuisines Terry Natas and Lou Temprosa without breaking the bank.  Priced between $12.55 and $12.75 (excluding tax and gratuity), hungry lunch-goers can choose the Enchilada, Taco & Soup Trio featuring cheese enchilada, chicken tinga taco and tortilla soup; the Tamale, Taco & Soup Trio with chicken tinga tamale, steak taco and tortilla soup, or a choice of a half Torta, Soup & Salad Trio featuring a choice of torta, tortilla soup and chopped salad. All three trios are served with Mexican rice and refried black beans. Additionally, guests are also invited to order from El Centro D.F.'s a la carte lunch menu with prices ranging from $7.55 to $18.75. El Centro D.F. is located at 1819 14th Street, NW, 20009. For reservations, please call (202) 328-3131. El Centro Georgetown is located at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007. For reservations at the Georgetown location, please call (202) 333-4100. For further information, please visit the websites at and