Housed in the chic Donovan House hotel, one would expect nothing less than equivocally sophisticated cuisine from its in-house restaurant, Zentan. With global Asian cuisine designed by famed chef, Susar Lee, Zentan brings a polished touch to delectable Asian staples: light crudos, inventive sushi rolls, authentic noodles and even hearty entrees.
With an elegant, yet modern minimalism, Zentan exudes Eastern sophistication, washed in deep chocolate hues and set aglow by contemporary platform chandeliers covered in twinkling, oversized pillar candles. Loosen up with a punchy Spicy Thai Martini, spiked with thai chili-infused vodka, nigori unfiltered sake and St. Germain, and finished with a splash of cran for an Asian-fusion-inspired libation.
Tease your palate with a starter of Zentan’s signature Singapore Slaw – a crunchy concoction of over 19 (yes, way too many to list!) ingredients, including a to-die-for salted plum dressing. Don’t pass up the Crudo Platter – a sampling of fresh yellowtail, salmon, charred scallop, and big eye tuna, each presented with unique flavor profiles. The chef recommends savoring from left to right for a gradual, yet increased savory experience – and one that you will definitely not regret. Sushi lovers will forever crave the Fire Dragon roll after one bite – a colorful spool of spicy tuna, barbeque eel, avocado and tobiko.
Insider Tip: For the best of both worlds in the warmer months, enjoy a selection of Zentan’s small plates at the Donovan House’s rooftop lounge, ADC (“Above DC”). Breathtaking views of DC, exceptional Asian cuisine, and a swanky venue – what’s not to love?!