Zengo Unveils Test Kitchen Inspired by Argentina and the Philippines

Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

With a new restaurant popping up in DC every 10 minutes, you could go an entire year in this town without trying the same menu twice.  And while it can be tempting to shun the old and embrace the new, Zengo is giving Washingtonians a chance to frequent a familiar hotspot while still changing it up and enjoying something unexpected.

The Latin-Asian restaurant located in Gallery Place might be known for its fun sushi and grilled edamame, but through March 31st, Chef de Cuisine Graham Bartlett is preparing a number of specialty small plates and cocktails that showcase the flavors and techniques of Argentina and the Philippines.  To give patrons a chance to broaden their horizons and try something new, items from the Test Kitchen: Argentina-Philippines menu will be sprinkled throughout the menu and indicated with a TK.

I had a chance to try a few of the new plates, all of which are highlighted below.  I recommend the Filipino Lumpia Spring Rolls and the Calamansi Papaya Punch and I highly recommend them as a pre-game meal the next time you go check out the Caps at the Verizon Center! (Which you can finally do again, hooray!)

Enjoy!

Filipino Lumpia Spring Rolls || Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Filipino Lumpia Spring Rolls || Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Oxtail Humitas || Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Oxtail Humitas || Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Bacolod Filipino BBQ Chicken || Photo courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Bacolod Filipino BBQ Chicken || Photo courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Dulce de Leche Brazo Mercedes || Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

Dulce de Leche Brazo Mercedes || Photo Courtesy of Zengo/Paul Wagtouicz

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