Washington, DC (October 20, 2011) – Recently returning from his world travels, Chef Susur Lee brings a few new items to this already inventive global Asian cuisine at Zentan, located in Donovan House – a Thompson Hotel.
Susur Lee is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Hong Kong. He served his culinary apprenticeship at Hong Kong’s renowned Peninsula Hotel. In 2009 he opened Zentan, located at the Donovan House in the Logan Circle area of Washington DC. His eclectic style is described as fusion cuisine.
As you sit down, try a new cocktail. There is a Gin Rickshaw that is satiating to the palette, herbaceous and refreshing. Then there is the Singapore Slaw. This is a combination of 19 ingredients. Here you go: rice noodle, carrot, jicama, cucumber, daikon, tomato, peanuts, sesame seeds, salted plum dressing, (made with sour plum mirin ginger and emulsified with oil) fried taro, fried shallots, pickled ginger, pickled onion, micro herbs, edible flowers , served with 2 forks. Sashimi is suggested to salad.
What is very popular, is the Szechwan Hot & Sour Soup. This is made with chicken and shredded vegetable baked with a pastry top. Be careful! It’s hot!
If you want good sushi in a great location, Zentan is the place. There is nothing better than the “Brick.” This is spicy lobster, scallop, barbeque eel, avocado and tobiko.
As you move around the menu, try the Ham & Jam. This is mangalica ham, black currant jam and assorted pickles. An interesting addition is the Djan Lotus Crepes.
Want a new twist on fish? Have the Caramelized Black Cod. This is black cod marinated in soy, Chinese wine, and sugar. This sites along with preserve vegetables; onion, peppers, leeks, mustard greens, garlic, ginger, soy, sugar, Chinese wine, and sesame oil. Miso mustard, which is yellow mustard, miso, sugar, and vinegar is drizzled over the fish.
There are a lot of great new items on the menu, like desserts and an amazing chicken dish that is quite a standout.
The Donovan house, home of the Studio Gaia club chairs, and translucent cocoon spiral showers perfectly houses Zentan, where guests and natives can escape to this metropolitan hideaway. On any night, Zentan is the perfect place for relaxation or late night cocktails and events.