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MB Dec 15, 2005 06:38 PM

Does anyone know anything about Zengo (in DC)? Has anyone been? It seems like a strange concept.

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    Dakota Guy Dec 17, 2005 12:22 PM

    There is a review of it in this SUnday's Post magazine.

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      TerryDX29 Dec 13, 2006 05:15 PM

      Zengo is absolutely amazing...one of the best restaurant i have been too. Try the tuna tacos....you ill fall in love.

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        jpschust Dec 13, 2006 11:45 PM

        Absolutely amazing? Did we eat at the same Zengo with terrible service, terrible food across the board, and an attempt to match the variety of east coast restaurants who do it better and cheaper? There wasn't a single part of this that would make me want to go back except that I have to go to an event there in a week or so where I'm not paying. That said, not paying doesn't make me want to come back.

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          EricDC Dec 14, 2006 09:44 PM

          Hear hear! I wanted to like this place so bad! I live right in the neighborhood... I went 3x. I was unhappy each time, and once was only for churros and chocolate! It was good, but the service sucked (they were rude to me about serving me just that... despite it being pretty empty at 4-ish PM on a weekday)... plus it was $10. Not going back.

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        Dakota Guy Dec 13, 2006 05:34 PM

        The latin/asian fushion is often forced. Some of the dishes are very good, e.g., cerviche of halibut in coconut, peking roll, and the potstickers. Other are less successful, e.g., Thai empanadas. IMHO

        It's interesting and fun. Once. I wouldn't rush back. The worst part was the crowds and the noise. It's next to the Verizon Center and usually very crowded. The noise from the bar below rises to the restaurant on the second floor and makes it even more noisy.

        Service was attentive and friendly.

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          NoVaDog Dec 13, 2006 05:41 PM

          Try their lunch pre-fix for $19 and get the calamari appetizer, flat iron steak, and either the ice cream or sherbet selection (both great).

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            Dakota Guy Dec 14, 2006 12:48 PM

            By the way, if you want to try successful Asian/Latino fusion, try Cafe Mozu at the Oriental Mandarin. It will cost you a little more but the food, ambiance, and service are all far better.

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              TerryDX29 Dec 14, 2006 03:57 PM

              I tried only a handful of things, about 5 or 6, and i thought they were all great. The ceviche halibut was good, also the tuna tacos were good. I enjoyed the atmosphere, i am 28 years old and enjoy people and noise, if i wanted quiet..i would stay home. Crowds to me, means a good time, sometimes i enjoy myself at a packed restaurant with lesser quality food than a great food place with no one in it. For instance, i always love Houstons's which is always packed and the food always consistent.

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