Zentan

Modern Japanese

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Overview

Zentan, a refined izakaya located the Donovan House in Thomas Circle, serves classic Japanese fare like pork katsu curry, grilled robata (octopus, chicken thigh, enoki mushroom, etc.), as well as sashimi and sushi. Drink offerings include sake flights, Japanese whiskies, local craft beers, New World wines and house cocktails like the Wasabi Hypotenuse (tequila, beet juice, yuzu, ginger, wasabi foam).

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Menu for Zentan

Lunch Menu

Zensai

  • Warm Edamame blanched soy beans, sea salt
    $6.00
  • Garlic Edamame sautéed soy beans, tamari soy, garlic
    $6.00
  • Miso Soup shimeji mushroom, tofu, scallion, miso dashi broth
    $6.00
  • Gyoza pan seared dumpling, black pork belly, napa cabbage, ponzu sauce
    $10.00
  • Peas & Sprouts crispy brussels sprouts, fresh chick peas, shiso-mustard vinaigrette, garlic chips
    $7.00
  • Midori Salad asian mixed greens, shiso, scallion, cilantro, onion dressing
    $9.00
  • Kale Salad green kale, radicchio, mix baby beets, toasted pumpkin seeds, smokey lime ginger dressing
    $11.00
  • Sunomono tako, salmon, ikura, poached shrimp, cucumber, wakame seaweed, white truffle tosazu
    $13.00
  • Escolar Crudo pickled jalapenos, jicama, shallot-sesame
    $14.00

Nigiri & Sashimi

  • Maguro Akami lean tuna
    $9.00
  • Hamachi yellow tail
    $9.00
  • Maguro Zuke marinated
    $9.00
  • Uni sea urchin
    $9.00
  • Chu Toro tuna belly
  • Sake salmon
    $7.00
  • O Toro fatty tuna
  • Aji striped jack
    $10.00
  • Hirame fluke
    $8.00
  • Tamago omelet
    $5.00
  • Unagi barbecue eel
    $8.00
  • Ikura salmon roe
    $9.00
  • Sawara spanish mackerel
    $7.00
  • Ebi shrimp
    $6.00
  • Tai red sea bream
    $9.00
  • Botan Ebi (1 Pc) kampachi, amber jack
  • Sweet Shrimp
    $7.00
  • Kurodai black sea bream
    $9.00
  • Tako poached octopus
    $7.00
  • Ika squid
    $7.00
  • Saba mackerel
    $7.00
  • Kinmedai golden eye snapper
    $14.00

Mocktails

  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee coffee, condensed milk
    $8.00
  • Crooked Glance house made calpis, ginger syrup, lime, egg white
    $8.00
  • Soda Fountain Blues passion peach puree, lemon grass-vanilla shrub, simple syrup
    $8.00
  • Straight A's green tea, orgeat, lime juice, tiki bitters
    $8.00

Osusume

  • Tokyo Dog grilled ground pork and chicken sausage, karashi mustard, japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, cabbage slaw
    $12.00
  • Ebi Katsu panko crusted rock shrimp, pickled onion cabbage slaw, kizami wasabi tartar sauce
    $13.00
  • Zentan Burger sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, japanese barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato
    $15.00
  • Inaniwa Udon chrysanthemum, soft boiled egg, sliced tenderloin beef, hand crafted wheat noodles, soy dashi broth
    $13.00
  • Spicy Miso Ramen char siu pork, bean sprout, boiled egg, menma, egg noodles, spicy miso broth
    $12.00
  • Pork Belly Bowl braised pork belly, fried egg, king oyster mushrooms, over white rice
    $13.00
  • Sake Bowl sautéed salmon, shredded cabbage, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, chili garlic sauce, over white rice
    $13.00
  • Japanese Curry Bowl seasonal vegetable curry over brown rice
    $11.00
  • Chirashi Bowl diced tuna, salmon, and hamachi sashimi, ikura, tamago, avocado, over sushi rice
    $18.00

Sushi Boxes

  • California california roll, escolar crudo, seaweed salad, 2 pieces salmon, 2 pieces tuna (nigiri or sashimi) style nigiri, sashimi
    $21.00
  • Firecracker firecracker roll, escolar crudo, seaweed salad, 2 pieces salmon, 2 pieces tuna (nigiri or sashimi) style nigiri, sashimi
    $25.00

Maki

  • Firecracker ebi tempura, spicy jumbo lump crab salad, tempura flake
    $14.00
  • Fire Dragon spicy maguro, unagi, avocado, tobiko
    $14.00
  • License to Kill cucumber, takuan, unagi, sake, wasabi aioli
    $13.00
  • California jumbo lump crab, avocado, cucumber, tobiko
    $10.00
  • Spicy choice of maguro, sake, or hamachi style maguro, sake, hamachi
    $9.00
  • Golden Eye tempura sweet potato, seasonal mushroom, taro root, avocado dressing
    $12.00

Dinner Menu

Zensai

  • Warm Edamame blanched soy beans, sea salt
    $6.00
  • Garlic Edamame sautéed soy beans, tamari soy, garlic
    $6.00
  • Miso Soup shimeji mushroom, tofu, scallion, miso dashi broth
    $6.00
  • Kaisen Gyoza poached sea bass and hokkaido scallop dumpling, butter ponzu
    $10.00
  • Peas & Sprouts crispy brussel sprouts, fresh chick peas, shiso-mustard vinaigrette, garlic chips
    $7.00
  • Midori Salad asian mixed greens, shiso, scallion, cilantro, tamanegi dressing
    $9.00
  • Kale Salad green kale, radicchio, mix baby beets, toasted pumpkin seeds, smoky lime ginger dressing
    $11.00
  • Inaniwa Udon hand crafted wheat noodles, sweet dashi broth, tempura flakes, poached egg, kizami wasabi
    $10.00
  • Tako Yaki grilled spanish octopus, endive, shungiku pesto
    $12.00
  • Rock Shrimp crispy rock shrimp, kochujan aioli candied walnuts, micro cilantro
    $14.00
  • Sunomono poached shrimp, tako, salmon sashimi, ikura, cucumber, wakame seaweed, white truffle tosazu
    $13.00
  • Escalor Crudo pickled jalapeños, jicama, shallot-sesame
    $14.00
  • Hamachi Crudo orange, lemongrass oil, tosazu sauce
    $15.00

Robata Grill

  • Sake scottish salmon, scallion, tare
    $6.00
  • Bacon Mochi bacon wrapped sticky rice cake, tare
    $6.00
  • Hotate bacon wrapped, scallion, tare
    1 Pc $6.00
  • Kamo smoked duck breast, tare
    $7.00
  • Nasu eggplant, grated ginger, tamari soy, bonito flakes
    $5.00
  • Gyu hanging tender steak, shishito, tare
    $8.00
  • Momo chicken thigh, tare'
    $6.00
  • Kabocha japanese pumpkin, kuromitsu balsamic
    $5.00
  • Tsukune chicken and pork meatball, tare, mustard
    1 Pc $5.00
  • Shishito Peppers mild japanese peppers, grated radish, ponzu
    $6.00

Osusume

  • Nikomi slow braised short ribs, oxtail, seasonal root vegetables, miso beef broth
    $16.00
  • Kurobuta Pork Belly braised berkshire pork belly, grilled pear, scotch egg, kimchi mustard
    $14.00
  • Mussles steamed mussels, yuzu pepper sake broth, grilled bread
    $15.00
  • Pekin Chicken butter lettuce, picked cucumber, kojuchan bbq, black garlic hoisin, fried shallot oil
    $19.00
  • Gindara grilled saikyo miso marinated black cod, pickled cucumber, karashi mustard
    $20.00
  • Sikoro Steak seared local wagyu beef, sautéed asian mushrooms, daikon and celery root puree, arima sansho demi glaze
    $27.00
  • Miyazaki Beef Hot Rock cook it yourself, japanese river rock
    $21.00

Nigiri & Sashimi

  • Maguro Akami lean tuna 9 hamachi, yellow tail
    $9.00
  • Maguro Zuke marinated 9 uni, sea urchin
    $9.00
  • Chu Toro tuna belly mp sake, salmon
    $7.00
  • O Toro fatty tuna mp aji, striped jack
    $10.00
  • Kurodai black sea bream 9 tamago, omelet
    $5.00
  • Unagi barbecue eel 8 ikura, salmon roe
    $9.00
  • Sawara spanish mackerel
    $7.00
  • Tai red sea bream
    $9.00
  • Kampachi amber jack
  • Tako octopus
    $7.00
  • Botan Ebi sweet shrimp
    1 Pc $7.00
  • Hirame fluke
    $8.00
  • Kinmedai golden eye snapper
    $14.00
  • Ebi shrimp
    $6.00
  • Shime Saba mackerel
    $7.00

Maki

  • Firecracker ebi tempura, spicy jumbo lump crab salad, tempura flake
    $14.00
  • Fire Dragon, Spicy Maguro, Unagi, Avocado, Tobiko
    $14.00
  • License to Kill cucumber, takuan, unagi, sake, wasabi aioli
    $13.00
  • 007 hamachi, avocado, crispy shallot, cilantro, yuzu, tobiko
    $15.00
  • Skyfall, Maguro, Sake, Hamachi, Avocado, Kelp Paper
    $13.00
  • Octopussy sake, blistered shishito peppers, furikake, cucumber, crispy shallots, yuzu-kosho
    $14.00
  • Hanabi, White Fish Tempura, Mango, Baked Hotate, Unagi, Yuzu Aioli
    $17.00
  • Spicy choice of maguro, sake, or hamachi
    $9.00
  • Golden Eye tempura sweet potato, seasonal mushroom, taro root, avocado dressing
    $12.00

Lunch Prix Fixe Menu

First Course

  • Kale Salad baby beets, toasted pumpkin seeds, smokey lime-ginger dressing
  • Midori Salad asian mixed greens, shiso, scallion, cilantro, onion dressing
  • Spicy Tuna or Spicy Salmon Roll
  • Miso Soup mushrooms, tofu, negi
  • Edamame
  • Peas & Sprouts crispy brussels sprouts, fresh chick peas, shiso-mustard vinaigrette, garlic chips

Second Course

  • Tokyo Dog grilled pork & chicken sausage, karashi mustard, japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, cabbage slaw
  • Ebi Katsu Sandwich panko crusted rock shrimp, pickled onion, cabbage slaw, kizami wasabi tartar sauce
  • Pork Belly Bowl braised pork belly, matsuni rice, fried egg, mushrooms
  • Spicy Miso Ramen char siu pork, bean sprout, boiled egg, menma, egg noodles, spicy miso broth
  • Zentan Burger sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, japanese barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato
  • Japanese Curry Bowl seasonal vegetables, brown rice

Beverage Selection

  • Soft Drink
  • Iced Tea
  • Coffee
  • Mocktail

1155 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Charming, Intimate, Refined
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Groups, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 379-4366
  • Private Dining Room: Yes