* Before you continue reading, do not judge my pictures in this post. I forgot to take my beloved Sony G-Lens camera, so all of the pictures were taken via my iPhone 4S (they didn’t come out THAT bad!)
I haven’t written a Restaurant Review in a while, not because I’m lazy but because I’m a bit too poor to be fine wining and dining. However, it’s always nice to indulge once in a while! I recently went to Zengo with my boyfriend, which is a Richard Sandoval‘s restaurant right around where I live. I was intrigued by the restaurant because it is categorized as Latin-Asian cuisine and I’m a huge fan of fusion food. If fusion cuisine is done properly, it can be really tasty. I was also intrigued by their vegetarian menu as well as veggie options throughout their main menu- EXCITING! I had also read reviews online and all were generally positive. My boyfriend called on the day of just a few hours earlier and made a reservation for 8:00pm.
We arrived to a beautiful restaurant that had a very chic yet rustic feel- antique style chandeliers surrounded by oak furnishing and dark leather chairs and booths. The restaurant had a hint of blue throughout. It was HUGE- great for large get togethers or dates! I really like restaurants that are bustling, loud (but not too loud) and have a friendly ambiance. Makes my night more comfortable and fun! We were seated at a round booth (which was actually meant for 4) right under the large antique chandelier- I highly approved of our seat.
Quick Rates (1-10, 10 being the best):
- Food: 7
- Beverages: 8
- Service: 8
- Ambiance: 9
- Price: 6
The Menu: Even though Zengo has a separate vegetarian menu, there was sadly only one vegetarian entree available. But there were plenty of appetizers and side dishes to choose from.
The Drinks: I had a difficult time choosing because everything looked so yummy!! I finally decided on the Tamarind Margarita. Even though I HATE tequila, Margaritas aren’t bad- the tequila taste is masked by all of the other ingredients/ I also LOVE tamarind (I’m a FOB at heart come on, how could i NOT love tamarind?!) Anyways, the drink was super yummy- rimmed with a cayenne-salt mixture, obviously I liked this! My boyfriend ordered a glass of very high-quality Saki that mingled well with all of the dishes we ate.
The Food: For our appetizers we ordered the Vegetable Pot-stickers and Shitake Mushroom Arepas. Both were very good and you can tell with each that both were made with high quality ingredients. The pot stickers were cooked perfectly- not too hard or sticky, as you might experience with regular vegetable dumplings/pot stickers. The arepas were a little different than what I mad imagined- they were open faced arepas, topped with the mushroom-scallion sauteed mixture. Also very good.
The Dessert: I usually order something chocolatey because I AM a chocolate feen (I’m disappointed in you if it wasn’t obvious by now), but we actually went with the waiter’s suggestion of the Dulce de Leche Pudding with Coconut Macaroons & Banana Cream- I agreed to this because Dulce de Leche is a close second favorite to chocolate. Anyways, the pudding was amazing- smooth, creamy, and soooo dulce de leche-y. The banana cream was light and not overpowering, and the pudding was topped with small caramel-chocolate balls which added some texture and fun to the dish. Everything went splendidly with the mini coconut macaroons- basically I was in heaven. YUM.
The Service: I think a particular type of service during your dinner can make or break your experience. In this case, the service was great- always attentive, friendly and listened to my multiple requests- less oil, extra chilies, hot sauce- yes I can be EXTREMELY annoying. But hey, I am paying the price for the food AND the service. I am also very particular about the type of service I receive, but Zengo pulled through!
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