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Zengo Debuts Its “Test Kitchen: Thailand to Cuba” Series

March 25, 2014

Zengo Debuts Its “Test Kitchen: Thailand to Cuba” Series

Washington, D.C.— Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s colorful Latin-Asian inspired restaurant, Zengo, located at 781 7th Street, NW, 20001, is pleased to introduce its seventh “Test Kitchen” series this April.  Every few months Sandoval and his culinary team at Zengo research and develop new recipes featuring the cuisine and spirits of one Latin and one Asian country.  The result is a specialty menu featuring small plates and cocktails that feature some of the bold flavors and techniques from each region.  Each menu item is marked the signature “TK” symbol on the menu at Zengo, noting that they are exclusive and available for a limited time only.  Available from April 1st to June 30th, Chef de Cuisine Jason Streiff is preparing Test Kitchen: Thailand to Cuba, which will be offered exclusively during dinner service beginning at 5 PM.

Guest will have the pleasure of exploring the fusion of Thailand and Cuba through Zengo’s artful blend of seasonal ingredients and modern techniques.  The Test Kitchen: Thailand to Cuba will feature four plates with a new interpretation such as Curry Bacalao-Shrimp Spring Roll served with potato and sweet chili mojo; Pollo Asado Pad Thai with peanuts, Sazon Completa, egg and tamarind sauce; Mojo Grilled Pork Chop with massaman curry, boniato puree and an avocado-tomato salad; Thai Style Snapper “Escabeche” with chili, onion, citrus, pineapple and Thai fish sauce.  For dessert, Corporate Pastry Chef Jose Luis Flores is creating a Chilled Lemon Grass Coconut Soup with water-chestnuts, mango, litchi and passion fruit granite.  The featured Thai-Cuban menu items will range in price from $7 to $26. 

To complement these bold dishes, Rob Day, Richard Sandoval Restaurant’s National Beverage Director, is crafting new cocktails, priced at $9 each, with the flavorful fruits, spices and spirits of Thailand and Cuba.  The Spicy Songkran was created to honor the Thai New Year, and is made from a combination ofvodka, mango, simple syrup and Thai chili.  Another standout is the Daiquiri Kaffir, made withBacardi Castillo, kaffir lime simple syrup and fresh lime juice.  Photos of the dishes and cocktails are available upon request.

Zengo is located at 781 7th Street, NW, 20001 and is situated directly next to the Gallery Place/Chinatown H Street metro entrance accessible on the red, yellow and green lines. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM to 10 PM and Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 12 Midnight.  A late night menu is available on Friday and Saturday from 12 Midnight until 1 AM.  The Lounge is open from Sunday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM.  Weekend brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 393-2929 or visit