Sunday Funday at Zengo Santa Monica



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As I live in the valley and it's been hot as blazes here, I decided to head over the hill on Sunday to take in some cool ocean breezes near Santa Monica ... get a bite, do a little shopping, see a good friend.  Clever me, I called Michelle (also a valley girl), who was more than happy to brave the 405 for Sunday Funday. She took me someplace new — Zengo in Santa Monica.  Holy crap.

ZENGA in Santa Monica.
At the end of the day, I'm all about the food, but this place had it all goin' on: a beautiful space, ocean air, great views, spectacular food, and an all-you-can-eat brunch with unlimited cocktails.  Yes, you read that right.  Understand, there was no buffet line, no mass-produced buckets of mediocre hash slung out for the public to consume en masse.

No, I'm talking brilliant Asian-Latin fusion fare, like Thai Chicken Empanadas, Coconut Scallop Ceviche, Chipotle Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna rolls and Sake Sangria.  Outstanding. 

Thai Chicken Empanadas.
Chipotle Yellow Fin Tuna Roll.
You order off menu, anything you like, as much as you like, for $35 a head.  There's a two-hour time limit, but let me tell you, Mish and I made good use of the time, the drinks, and our 35 bucks.  They probably lost money on us that day, but not really, as I'm blogging about it here and Mish and I plan to go back once a month.  It's already tradition.

Bay Scallop Ceviche.
Beef Sliders with Manchego Cheese.
Sincerely, it was one of the most enjoyable, relaxing, delicious, perfectly California days I've ever spent, and also one of the best meals I've had.  The ceviche was unexpectedly refreshing and crisp, with its hint of grapefruit, and the empanadas were impossibly complex and delicate.  Flaky homemade dough and deeply flavorful filling with a mango salsa.  Crazy good.

So go.  Brave the parking nightmare.  Ignore the crowds on the 3rd Street Promenade and get the to the delectable oasis that is Zengo.

Give and Take Chicken Salad
Bacon Fried Rice.
Sake Sangria.

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