Thursday, October 19, 2017

Zen Asian BBQ- October Specials are Very Special!

October is THE month to go to Zen Asian BBQ -one of my all time favorite Naples restaurants. Make your next dining out day a Zen Day!

WHY?  Every night, the entire dinner menu is 50% off from 4-6 p.m.. Yes, 50% OFF!!
 Hokkaido Ramen
 There's more. All ramen are 50% off all day  One of my top dishes is the Hokkaido Ramen and its 17 hour broth, with calamari, shrimp king crab, mussels scallion, corn, and oodles of noodles! Normally $22, it's a Deliciousl Bargain  at $11.

Also, every Monday from 4-close the Korean BBQ is 50% off. This is a must-try, as you sit at a special table with the grill built into the center of the table. Call ahead to reserve a spot for this.
Every Tuesday-Sushi rolls are half off all night from  4-12 p.m..
A-Zen Hot Pot
The newest dish at Zen is the huge A-Zen Hot Pot- the Asian version of fondue ($20 before discount.) It's enough for two or three people. First, a large metal bowl is set over a butane stove, and about two quarts of broth are heated. Then spinach, carrots, mushrooms, bok choy and carrots are heated. As it comes to boiling, teh heat is turned down, and the very high quality pork, wagyu beef, and/or chicken is added. In less than a minute, the protein is cooked! I like to add  the minced garlic, a spritz of lime,  and a touch of hot sauce to my portion.

                                                   Close up of pork and wagyu beef.

                                                                The butane stove.

                                                  Placing veggies into the hot broth.

                                      The finished hot pot, with meats under the veggies.

Crispy Gyoza

Start off with a serving of crispy gyoza, succulent chicken and pork dumplings, dipped in a just hot enough sauce ($7.95).  Add an ice cold Ichiban beet or Riff Pinot Grigio. Then try different dishes at these prices!

I keep coming back for the flavorful, tender octopus ($15 before 1/2 off discount) cooked on the robata grill, with karachi miso. The grilled cherry tomatoes and the fried bok choy are wonderful accompaniments.
Cocoa in a Jar

And desserts? My all time special is the Cocoa in a Jar, with luscious layers of vanilla ice cream, fruits, lychee boba, mochi, crushed Oreos and Belgian chocolate!

Zen Asian BBQ, 10823 Tamiami Trail North, Naples

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