Zengo reopens with a new menu and new, avian-loving look

Richard Sandoval’s high-end Asian fusion restaurant Zengo will reopen for dinner at Riverside Park on Monday.

Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand re-opening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand re-opening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) zengo; food; restaurant; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Zengo’s avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand reopening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Richard Sandoval’s high-end Asian fusion restaurant Zengo will reopen for dinner at Riverside Park on Monday.

The restaurant closed at the end of August for remodeling and a menu overhaul.

Now under the leadership of executive chef, Robert “BJ” Wojtowicz — formerly of Eleven Madison Park in New York, The French Laundry in California and Restaurant Kevin Taylor in Denver — the menu highlights Asian cuisine. Offerings include sushi, sashimi, omakase, dim sum — including char siu pork buns and short rib dumplings — curry dishes and grilled entrées like wok dishes, U.S. Prime tenderloin and BBQ pork ribs.

A sushi chef at Zengo's grand re-opening, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) zengo; food; restaurant; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Zengo’s grand reopening party, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Wednesday, Zengo gave Denver a look inside the remodeled space designed by Dubai’s LW Design Group. The dark, black and blue space remains true to the avian theme promised back in August, with bird cage-like bars dividing sections of the room and origami-style birds sculptures hanging from the ceiling and painted on the walls.

Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand re-opening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) zengo; food; restaurant; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Zengo’s avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand reopening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“When I opened Zengo in Denver in 2003, I was inspired by my travels, and passionate about bringing an entirely new style of cuisine to the city of Denver,” Sandoval said in a statement. “More than a decade later, following the recent re-opening of Zengo in Dubai, I’m excited to re-introduce a fresh new Zengo to my home city. The new Zengo will offer a blend of predominantly Asian flavors and design elements inspired by my more recent travels. I’m incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received throughout the years, and I look forward to the next 10 amazing years.”

Sushi, served at Zengo's grand re-opening, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) zengo; food; restaurant; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Sushi, served at Zengo’s grand re-opening, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Dinner hours are 4 to 11 p.m. daily, happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and brunch will return sometime in late October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.