Chef Yo Inspired Izakaya Cuisine at Zentan

by AJ Dronkers, Digital Editor EdibleDC I had a chance to check out Zentan last night, where they are reimagining "izikaya" - a Japanese term meaning a casual drinking establishment where friends gather - under chef Yo Matsuzaki. Community tables, shared dishes, sake, and Asian-influenced cocktails create a cozy hang-out; I particularly enjoyed the Japanese "comfort foods" like Kaisen Dumplings and Nikomi Braised Short Rib Stew - very warming on a cold winter night!

Has a strong kick and a kick on the tail end made with milagro tequila, beet juice, yuzu, ginger, wasabi air.


This fresh and light ceviche dish is a crowd pleaser with poached shrimp, tako, salmon sashimi, ikura, cucumber, wakame seaweed and white truffle tosazu.


Poached sea bass and hokkaido scallop dumplings in butter ponzu.


Slow braised short ribs, oxtail, seasonal root vegetables in a miso beef broth.


Makers mark, fuji apple jam, lemon, apple sake, old fashioned bitters, apple cider foam.



Zentan is located at 1155 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 and is at the base of the Donovan House Hotel.