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Zengo - Santa Monica - CLOSED


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US$ 30 - US$ 50
Spanish, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours

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Zengo serves chef richard sandoval’s artful blend of latin-asian cuisine. Every few months, the chef and his culinary team gather in our test kitchen to explore the cooking of one latin and one asian country in depth. The resulting specials showcase the flavors and techniques of each region. The kitchen is now testing the flavors of argentina-philippines. For a taste, choose menu items marked tk. Enjoy.
Coconut-Cider Martini
Aguardiente / coconut / cider / fresh apple
Calamansi-Papaya Punch
Rum / midori / calamansi / papaya
Guava Mate
Gin / guava / yerba mate / lime
Bay Scallop Ceviche
Thai chile‏ / avocado / peanut / mint / crispy shallot
Shrimp Ceviche
Shrimp / guajillo / kimchee sauce / cucumber
Tasting of 2 Ceviches
Hamachi Tiradito
Cucumber / shiso / sriracha / ponzu / lemon
Tune Tiradito
ponzu /‏ avocado / fresno / cilantro / sesame
Angry Zengo
Spicy yellowfin tuna / cucumber / sesame / green onion / wasabi tobikko / chipotle rouille
Seared salmon‏ / spicy crab / sesame-chipotle aioli
Asparagus-scallion tempura / avocado / sambal aioli / soy paper
TK achiote shrimp tempura roll
avocado / jicama chile limonchile torreado aioli / charred scallion
Chef’s choice sushi and ceviche tasting 60.
XO style $+2.00
Edamame Salted
Spicy Jumbo Crab Guacamole
Ginger / yuzu / cilantro / Thai basil / tortilla chips
Tempura Asparagus Tacos
Won bok‏ slaw / Thai chile / lemon sake aioli / avocado-tomatillo pico de gallo / warm flour tortillas
Thai Chicken Empanadas
Chile poblano / oaxaca cheese / mango-curry salsa
Shrimp Vegetable Potstickers
Red chile-dashi sauce
Achiote Hoisin Pork Arepas
Corn masa / avocado / crema fresca
Duck Confit-Daikon Tacos
Curried apple / orange coriander sauce
Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Chorizo /‏ peanut / cilantro / tamarind chutney
Tk Filipino Lumpia Spring Rolls
Ground chicken / shrimp / cumin / sweet and sour sauce
Tk Oxtail Humitas
Argentinian tamal / peanut sauce / tamarind / coconut milk
Miso Soup
Chipotle / tofu / tomato / wakame / truffle oil
Crunchy Calamari Salad
Lemongrass / greens / orange coriander sauce
Beet Salad
Candied baby beet / watermelon / pumpkin seed / miso-cotija cheese vinaigrette
Give N’ Take Chicken Salad
Togarashi pecan / orange / cabbage / won ton / piloncillo ginger vinaigrette
Tk kabayaki glazed lamb shank barbacoa
ginger / chiles / tamarind / arroz verdepickled vegetables
Chipotle Miso Glazed Black Cod
daikon / lemon togarashi aioli / kabayaki sauce
Ancho Rubbed Beef Shortribs
Queso manchego‏ potato puree / wok sauteed mushrooms / dragon sauce / huitlacoche
Achiote Salmon
Chinese broccoli / shiitake / achiote ponzu
Pan Seared Scallops
Mushroom / squash / corn
Crispy Tofu
Bok choy / bean sprouts / ginger / cilantro / sesame chile sauce
Tagalog Style Churrasco Steak
Calamansi citrus-soy marinade / grilled onion / lemongrass mojo / green herb chimichurri / sweet potato tostones
Chinese Broccoli
Garlic / ginger / soy
Manchego Mashed Potato
Cream / butter
Brussel Sprouts
Apple / lemongrass mojo
Pork Carnitas Rice Noodles
Pork /‏ mushroom / cashew / egg / hot & sour sauce
Zengo Fried Rice
Shrimp / duck / pork / egg / snow pea / carrot
Vegetarian Fried Rice
Corn / asparagus / shiitake / egg / scallion
Chef de cuisine - steven castro
chinese broccolI
garlic / ginger / soy
manchego mashed potato
cream / butter
brussel sprouts
apple / lemongrass mojo
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

Came here for dinner! Great variety of starters !! Didn't like the desserts as much though... it was kind of busy but the waiters could handle it quite good. Well we had an issue with our dinner.. My best friend was allergic in all nuts...More

Date of visit: October 2014
1  Thank AkisTsik
Reviewed 5 September 2015

This restaurant on Promenade in Santa Monica has nice ambience, little different that usual Asian eateries. The food we ordered was great

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank Dollydc
Reviewed 24 July 2015

After a hard days shopping, Zengo's was the perfect tonic. Friendly service in a busy restaurant. The food was great and we ended up orderring more as we went along. You will need advice from the waiters as the choice is too big.

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank Joe P
Reviewed 20 April 2015

big variety of starters and main courses. was an all you can eat offer including drinks (cocktails, too), which was just perfect for a cosy evening in a great location with tasty food.

Date of visit: February 2015
Thank actionmon
Reviewed 17 December 2014 via mobile

Our server was fantastic and we loved the lychee mimosas. The food was horrible. One of our dishes was cold. You could tell some of it was pre-cooked. We did like the "french toast" (I can't remember what it was called.). Also, I wasn't a...More

Thank FLGolfWidow
Reviewed 17 December 2014

The dishes were quite unique and delicious and they even had a gluten free menu. We had great service, friendly and prompt. We were there for an early dinner, so didn't have any crowd. the music was loud when we arrived but they gladly turned...More

Date of visit: December 2014
Thank Ron D
Reviewed 4 November 2014

The food is excellent here. The service not so much. We were a big group but there was no other table dining on a Wed night. So it shouldn't have been too hard for our waitress to get all of our orders and drinks in...More

Date of visit: October 2014
Thank nlee1220
Reviewed 24 October 2014 via mobile

First time I visited this restaurant, I fell in love with it! Loved the decor and the really unique and tasty food. We sat on the patio overlooking Third Street and it was a very nice atmosphere. Service was excellent. Well, the second time I...More

Thank choosey1
Reviewed 10 October 2014

We stopped by here for lunch. We shared a few plates. The atmosphere was fantastic, there was a really nice feel to the place. The interior is an ultra modern rooftop restaurant. When we were there they did a special deal for $39 you can...More

Date of visit: October 2014
Thank nicolea384
Reviewed 8 October 2014

We did not enjoy the latin-asian fusion food at all. Very strange flavor combinations that just didn't work. Food is a one star, but here's an extra one for the beautiful open air decor and setting.

Date of visit: September 2014
Thank Angela L
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