Well, Restaurant Week sucked for me this time. I spent half the week recovering from food poisoning and I had to cancel most of my reservations. The only place I was able to go was Zengo, and my experience there was average at best. Put it this way, just because you put an Asian sauce on a Latin dish, doesn't make it Latin-Asian fusion.
The Restaurant Week menu that Zengo offered was OK, but there were things on the regular menu that interested Amy and I so we skipped the Restaurant Week offer. I was glad we did this, because when we compared the portions of what we ordered to the Restaurant Week portions, ours were obviously larger.
I'm not going to waste a lot of your time going into to much detail, but I'd say the dish that was most representative of our experience at Zengo was the whole crispy fish that Amy ordered. Normally, a whole crispy fish is a great dish and one thinks of similar dishes at DC Coast and TenPenh. The entire fish is usually deep fried, flesh still on the bone which leaves the meat of the fish juicy and more flavorful than if it was filleted.
Zengo's presentation, however, is the carcass of the fish deep fried AFTER the meat is removed. They then put "nuggets" of fried fish meat on the plate with the fried carcass. Amy and I had a theory that they just have a bunch of deep-fried fish bones back there and some fish "nuggets" which they fry up fresh and put on the plate together. Presentation aside, the dish was bland. The breading had a slightly bitter flavor to it and the veggies it came with added nothing to the overall experience.
Anyway, we were very unimpressed.
You still have a chance to take advantage of some Restaurant Week offering. The following restaurants extended the offer this week:
Sea Catch Restaurant - through the 21st
CABANAS - menu available at dcseafood.com
Nick's Riverside Grille - menu available at dcseafood.com
Tony and Joe's Seafood Place - menu available at dcseafood.com
Butterfield 9 - menu available at dcseafood.com
21P - Extending for Dinner only.
I'd highly recommend taking advantage of Dino's offer if you haven't had a change to stop by there yet. They have their whole menu available and you really can't beat the deal. Make sure you try their cheese course!