Dinner at Zengo


On Monday night Elan and I had a fab ladies date to a tasting dinner at Zengo in Santa Monica, CA. Chef Richard Sandoval is offering a special tasting menu for the month of October that combines the flavors of Lima, Peru and Tokyo, Japan in both the LA and NY Zengo locations.

Zengo SM view

Zengo offers beautiful views of Santa Monica, and is a GREAT place to grab after work cocktails and small plates.

Elan + Cocktail

Our special tasting dinner included cocktail pairings as well! This made us happy girls.

Salad with peanut dressing

A crisp watercress and vegetable salad with peanut dressing and queso fresco cheese, so yummy. Lima-Tokyo flavor combinations may seem unusual but the tastes compliment each other very well. It’s working out for Nobu right?

Spicy passion Fruit Pisco Sour

The Spicy Passion Fruit Pisco Sour was one of our favorite cocktails we tasted. We learned a lot about Pisco, the South American grape Brandy, that is becoming a mixologist’s best friend. We tasted it in a few cocktails at Zengo and we’re fans (but still bourbon girls at heart.)

tarro chips with ceviche

Delicate ceviche with yuzu and sesame seeds was scooped up with fresh taro and plantain chips.

Concha a lo Macho

Our favorite dish, Concha A Lo Macho which means chucks of scallops, shrimp, octopus and lobster covered in a spicy mayo and broiled. Reminded me of broiled dynamite dishes at a sushi joint.

Zengo chicken

The roast chicken breast over sauteed green chilies and topped with a fried egg and a spicy-creamy Huancaina sauce.

Zengo Dessert

Hands down the best part of the dinner was the dessert! Green Tea ice cream resting on a bed of cookie crumbs and jagged chunks of nutty, fluffy sesame cake then drizzled with Cajeta, a goat’s milk caramel. Flavor and texture perfection.



2 Comments on Dinner at Zengo

  1. Greg
    October 12, 2011 at 6:55 am (12 years ago)

    Yum! Fun evening and interesting information!

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