Zen Fusion Cuisine Review

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It has only been the last couple of days that I have actually had some “home cooking.” By home cooking, I mean that I didn’t order food from a restaurant. Not necessarily that I actually cooked. A few days ago, I had the great pleasure of eating my mom’s actual home cooking for the holidays. That was nice. Two days ago, I made some veggie burgers, and yesterday I cooked some instant noodles. Home cooking. However, for the most part, I’ve been ordering out nearly everyday. I know this is bad for my health, and terrible for my pocket. It has to stop, and so it will. However, for now, I’ll just continue racking up review material.

Zen fusion cuisine looked like something different to order. I grow bored with subway, dominos, and taystee Chinese food. Not to mention that I’m down to only one pair of pants that actually still fits me. A whopping size 42, ugh, the joys of growing old, fat, and lazy. It is New Year’s Eve, and I will be dragging myself to the gym today.

In any case, we decided to try something different and went with this Zen Fusion cuisine. First, I tried their miso soup, and the flavor profile was good. I mean, what else can one say about miso soup? It tasted as it should. Except for maybe making it too salty, or watered down, you can’t really go wrong with miso soup, can you?

The calamari appetizer is another story. By the time we sat down to eat, it was a cold, and slightly soggy. However, in the restaurant’s defense, this was take out, and I think in all fairness; we can all agree that if you don’t eat this kind of breaded food right out of the oven, it can get moist and gross. So I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one. Sadly, that wasn’t the only thing though, it was also pretty bland as well. The dipping sauce was good, but let’s be real; most places get these sauces prepackaged. Feel me?

The Spring rolls were okay. My wife enjoyed them, and I liked them too, but I just drenched them in the dipping sauce. I can’t lie; that sauce is really good. I am a big fan of that sweet Thai chili sauce. We recently ate at Suki Thai Shabu Restaurant, and I really loved their sauce too.

The entree that I ordered was a basil dish, I went with the beef option. It comes with Japanese rice, and some mixed vegetables. The dish has some nice heat to it, good flavor profile, and probably the best item from the entire order. My wife had one of the curry dishes, and she said that she liked it.

The order wasn’t “takeout” cheap. It was about $50 or so. Overall, I’d say the restaurant was okay. Worth trying. However, in a place like NYC, where you have so many options, it takes more than just “okay” to guarantee a repeat customer. It’s worth trying this place to form your own opinion. My wife’s take on it was more favorable. However, whether I’ll be a repeat customer or not, I’m not sure.

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