So I realized I never posted up my Zento Restaurant review I did a while back. This is a 4 part series where I interview the chef and tasted all the foods! Sorry for the background noise in the video, the AC unit was on and very loud.
Zento is a Japanese Contemporary Cuisine Restaurant and Sake Bar located on 2nd and Chestnut in Olde City, Philadelphia. This is a fairly new restaurant but it has beautiful decor, great food and friendly staff. If people ask me about good sushi place or a nice place for dinner, I always bring them here. Its a great place to come if you are trying Japanese food for the first time or if you are just looking for Japanese-American type cuisine. The prices are reasonable but the interior of the building and the presentation of the food make it seem much more high-end! You will often see couples on first dates or a business meeting.
Since I eat here a lot, I thought I recommend some dishes:
Appetizer: Get the flaming dragon roll sushi. With its crunch texture and hint of spiciness, it is my all time favorite dish at Zento. (Spicy Tuna Inside. topped with cooked eel, avocado, and tobiko)
Entree: During lunch they have great bento boxes ranging from $12 – $15. Dinner entrees usually run in the low $20’s. I always get the giant Sushi & Sashimi platter (21 pieces for $35) because I LOVE it that much. (I heard it’s also good for sharing). The Udon noodles are always a crowd favorite and very filling ($8 – $12)
Dessert: Mochi! Mochi! Mochi! The mochi ice cream is a putter layer made up of sticky rice with flavored ice cream in the center and it is delicious. Vanilla is great for those with a sweet tooth but the red bean mochi is also good and not as sweet. On hot summer days, I’ve come here JUST for the mocha.
Drinks: Saki! seriously, just try them all. Fuji apple saki the the most popular because it is very sweet