Dish of the Month: Zengo Zen
We almost can’t bring ourselves to eat the stunning Zengo Zen. Almost...
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Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s latest gastronomic offering, Zengo Doha, is already one of the most talked about places in the city. It’s something special to dine on their pan-Asian cuisine, but do it in front of an unrivalled panoramic view of Doha from the 61st floor of the Kempinski and you’ve reached another level. But the restaurant does not rest on the laurels of its view, there are also quirky elements inside, such as origami birds placed in little boxes on the table, and more birds hanging from the ceiling. This is a venue that reminds you how interesting restaurant design can be. And how there is no such thing as too much bird.

Richard Sandoval’s travels around the world and the ancient spice routes from Asia to the Far East have inspired Zengo’s menu. From hand-crafted dim sum to flavourful curries, the menu takes you across the vast continent. Here, the ultimate experience for guests is the “Zengo Zen” omakase.

It includes 20 bites of sushi, nigiri and sashimi, which can be shared between four or five people. The attention to detail is applause-worthy. The dish is perfectly plated, boasting vibrant colours and pretty touches, such as the scatterting of flowers. Sashimi includes salmon, tuna and hamachi (or yellowtail) and there are eel, shrimp and sea bass nigiri. Maki rolls include the “Angry Zengo” (tuna, cucumber, avocado and Sriracha sauce) and a king crab and wasabi mayo “Volcano Roll”. Feast your eyes on this piece of art, and then dig in.
QR225. Zengo Doha, Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3560).

By Shereen D’Souza

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