Zengo’s Bottomless Brunch

Richard Sandoval – famed restauranteur with over 30 restaurants around the globe – has launched a new, bottomless (aka all you can eat) brunch for $35 at his Denver restaurant, Zengo.

I was invited to try their brunch and learn more about their new offering and menu. I made the quick trip down to Denver with some friends in tow, to see what they were up to.

Zengo a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant in Riverfront Park, is an enormous space (almost too cavernous for my liking) filled with booths, tables, lounge areas and an open kitchen to watch the chefs interact in the bustling kitchen.

The new brunch which began on November 3rd, is every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Guests pay $35 ($10 for children) and they receive as many small plates and cocktails as they please. Note that coffee, tea and juice are extra but everything else is included.

We started with mimosas and these were a few of the standouts from the meal. They have traditional, passion fruit, guava and blood orange and mango mimosas. I personally loved the guava.

The menu (embedded below) offers unique items for brunch blending their Asian and Latin influence like sushi, ceviche, dim sum and churros for dessert. You won’t find traditional brunch items you might be craving but they put a fun spin on a benedict with kimchee, salmon and poached eggs.

Zengo Denver – Brunch

The dishes come out in waves and they’re small portions and are good for sharing. However, if two people want a particular dish it’s a good idea to each order so you can enjoy your own.

We started with sushi which was better than I imagined, especially at a non-sushi restaurant and at brunch. We liked the angry zengo roll the most which was with tuna, wasabi tobiko, avocado, cucumber sesame chipotle rouille. They also have a vegetarian roll with grilled asparagus and red pepper avocado.

I liked the shrimp-vegetable potstickers with the chile-dashi sauce and the Thai chicken empanadas that came with mango salsa and oaxaca cheese.

We ordered steamed pork buns that ended up being rather dry and duck chilaquiles with a fried egg, cotija crema and salsa. Either way, the presentation was fun on each dish.

The yucca fries were gobbled up with the queso cotija and togarashi aioli.

I really enjoyed the crispy tofu with baby bok choy, bean sprouts, cilantro, ginger and sesame sweet chili. I ordered a few because I really wanted it as my entree and one wasn’t enough shared!

Of the four from our group, the favorite overall was carnitas hash with a poached egg. It really had the most flavor.

To round out our Asian/Latin fusion brunch we finished with the one dessert item they list: churros with hot chocolate.

I think the brunch is a good deal, especially since you can order as many dishes (and alcohol) as you want. I don’t normally spend $35 at brunch, so it’s not something I would do weekly like I might at my favorite, simple breakfast joint but I appreciate the inventiveness of the menu. It provides you with something different and they’re mixing up the menu items already to keep it fresh. Some of the dishes really stood out and some were just okay. I’m not sure if that’s because they’re mass producing and what “bottomless” can do to a menu but I like what they’ve got going on and would suggest anyone as a fun brunch outing, to scope it out. Don’t miss those mimosas!