Richard Sandoval's Zengo at the Santa Monica Place does a different "Test Kitchen" menu every once in a while, and the latest is a Peruvian Malaysian take. Malaysian food is very similar to Indonesian so I wanted to check this out! The Test Kitchen items are indicated with a "TK" to the left of the item's name on the menu.
I like the entrees on this TK menu. Try the Char roasted halibut, ginger chile marinade, crispy lentil rice cake, sambal butter sauce, charred banana leaf ($25)
I also enjoyed the Arroz con Mariscos, mussels, scallops, calamari, shrimp, yellow curry, Malay rice, Thai basil ($14)
The sushi TK item is basically a take on the Peruvian causa, or as they described it: Spicy Crab Potato "Sushi" with avocado, Malay curry, crispy corn cancha, soft Peruvian purple potato cake ($9)
You can hardly talk about Malaysian food without satay, so naturally there's the Chicken "a la brasa" satay, black bean glaze, cucumber rocoto salsa, toasted peanuts, potatoes huancaina ($11)
The dessert was profiteroles that are supposedly filled with lychee ice cream, though I tasted vanilla ice cream.
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Santa Monica, CA 90401