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Tuesday , September 21 , 2010
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If sushi and teppanyaki define a fitting feast, stop by at Zen for a taste of some. The restaurant at The Park has jazzed up its Oriental menu to include more Japanese and Chinese items. “We’ve changed almost 50 per cent of the menu. Apart from small tweaks, it’s the first time since Zen reopened in December 2007 that so much has changed on the food front,” says executive chef Sharad Dewan, The Park.

If you’re wondering why, it’s not only because the Indian diner has acquired the tastes of a global traveller. “We felt that Japanese food was underplayed. Its popularity has increased. Also, because people are into healthy compact eating, the general perception is that with sushi, the portions are small and therefore you’re eating less,” explains Sharad.

The best of several food festivals at the dine den have been hand-picked to be included permanently on the menu. For starters, the Chilli Honey Crispy Duck, served with garlic-flavoured vegetables scores with its sweet-coated texture. The Chilli And Basil Red Pumpkin and Salmon Kushi Katsu (best with the tangy dip) are some of the others, apart from an assortment of sushi and Maki. “Sushi is something you can really play around with,” says Sharad. So take your pick from some of the new tries — including cheese and asparagus sushi.

For the main course, try the Crispy Aubergine In Spicy Bean Sauce, Prawn With Thai Chilli Paste And Basil Flavour or the Lamb Kuro Kosho (lamb with black pepper sauce). The dessert section is exotic: if Coconut And Green Tea Flavoured Cake sounds quirky, how about Fried Banana With Honey And Sesame Seed, served with Banana Toffee Ice Cream — a delightful hot-cold combo. Throw in some sugar-free Chocolate Ginger Truffle for those watching their sugar levels, and your meal is complete.

Open only for dinner, a meal for two at Zen would cost Rs 2,500 (non-vegetarian) and Rs 2,000 (vegetarian). The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

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