Restaurant Week at Zengo: D.C.’s gift to frugal foodies


Where we dined. A beautiful glass partition separated it from the other tables.

This special week happens twice a year at participating D.C. restaurants, and I’m talking about the good restaurants! Restaurant Week is when two or three-course meals are offered to diners at a lowered price. So this evening we found ourselves dining at Zengo located in Chinatown. It’s got this lovely blend of Asian and Latin decor, a cool ambiance, absolutely delicious foods, and a three-course-for-$30 dinner deal (even less expensive at lunchtime).

The hostess was flexible and welcoming! Our Open Table reservation was for 6:45, but we

Melt-in-your-mouth brisket

actually arrived around 6 and were still seated promptly. The first floor is full of relaxed seating with a full-menu available. A tall staircase led us to the second floor and a large dining area with subdued lighting, round booths,  square wooden tables, ceiling to floor fabric curtains and glass, artistic wall hangings, and warm tiled walls.

Our friendly waitress greeted us with a smile and full explanation of the restaurant, the menu, and extensive wine list. The concept behind Zengo is about sharing, similar to the tapas idea. The restaurant also brings your dish as soon as it’s ready, so there was never a moment when we didn’t have food at the table. I liked that feature! For our first course we had pork belly dumplings and salt and pepper shrimp; the main course was brisket and rockfish; and for dessert was churros and angel food cake.

I’m already deciding the next restaurants I want to sample during Restaurant Week in January. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities like this and make some delicious

Dessert: churros with chocolate sauce and angel food cake with merangue, hibiscus sauce, and candied pistachios. Enough said!

memories. For $30 and $10 parking right in Chinatown (on the weekends, that is), this evening was well worth the trek!

 On the road again, Ms. Thrifty


21 Aug This entry was published on August 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm. It’s filed under What to see in D.C. and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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