Asian collaboration for latest Sandoval restaurant

Zengo opening at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa in Dubai

Chef Richard Sandoval and chef Akmal Anuar of Zengo
Chef Richard Sandoval and chef Akmal Anuar of Zengo

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval is set to open his newest location in collaboration with award winning chef Akmal Anuar, at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa in Dubai.

Anuar - chef at Iggy’s Singapore - ranked 12th in the San Pellegrino top 50 Asia restaurants, and will bring his traditional Asian recipes to the table, while Sandoval will infuse them with his South American touch before they are served to customers.

“The original Zengo started in Denver, about 11 years ago," said Sandoval. "Zengo in Japanese translates to give and take, back and forth. It was a collaboration with myself and an Asian chef that I hired from Singapore.

"And when we created the menu, he would create an Asian dish and I would Latinise it and then I would create a Latin dish and he would take over and Asianise it. It’s the interaction between two chefs, two cultures and so the name Zengo kind of captures the whole thing."

The restaurant features a slow-grill bar, a mixology bar and an alfresco fire bar, along with an extensive menu.

It is set to open doors on November 11, with an official opening later this month.

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