Restaurant Week at Zengo: D.C.’s gift to frugal foodies
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
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
memories. For $30 and $10 parking right in Chinatown (on the weekends, that is), this evening was well worth the trek!