The best part about eating Asian cuisine is the confidence that comes when more than one billion people tacitly support your culinary decision. Dine confidently without scanning for nods of approval with today’s Groupon. For $10, you get $25 worth of pan-Asian fare and drinks at Zen Forrest, located in New Port Richey, about 40 miles north of downtown Tampa. This Groupon is valid for dinner only.
After spending more than 20 years researching and traveling Asia via panda wagon, Chef Victor Wang has finally settled down in New Port Richey to slice, chop, and sizzle delectable culinary creations. Featuring inviting décor flush with soothing green walls, earth tones, and charming room dividers, Zen Forrest spoils patrons with a myriad of dishes melding Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malay, Korean, and Chinese flavors. Zen Forrest’s dinner menu offers expertly prepared courses, such as the Korean bulgogi with sirloin steak in a sesame, soy, and garlic marinade ($15.95) and the mahi mahi in spicy Thai-chili sauce with green onions, cilantro, and lime ($17.95). Or opt for tasty appetizer bites such as escargot in garlic-black-bean sauce ($7.95) and Japanese tuna tataki with fresh greens and garlic-soy dipping sauce ($8.50).
Sampling all that Asia has to offer doesn’t have to entail an elaborate plan to rent a jet pack or steal one from a rocketeer. Instead, trek out to Zen Forrest’s comfy confines, where exquisite fare conveniently springs forth from the kitchen on the plate hands of servers, much like a soy-sauce-filled Spectacled Cobra ready to soothe the nervous system with flavorful sauces.
- It is a rarity: A lovely strip mall restaurant opened in a gastronomically timid town, Zen Forrest serves gripping pan-Asian cuisine and is alive five years later to tell the tale. There are reasons for that. Victor Wang is passionate about what he does, strutting his stuff in ambitious monthly prix fixe dinners. In the mix are Asian street foods paired with microbrews and imports, or a classic Peking duck dinner. – St. Petersburg Times
- I want to thank the owner C Covelli and the chef V Wang for a great experience and some of the best food in the Tampa Bay area...it is a bit out of the way but worth the search and the drive… – glassbox, Urbanspoon
- If you want to have the best Asian fusion food ever on the planet, go to Zen Forrest. If you go for lunch you have to try the Pork sandwich from Vietnam.[sic] The other thing I got was a roasted Chinese eggplant sandwich[sic],out of this world awesome.Not your local block China buffet at all. – Chris O, Merchant Circle
Restaurants are in Chef Victor Wang's blood—he comes from a family with multiple generations in the industry. Rather than rest on that heritage, he toured Asia and the Americas for more than 20 years, seeking recipes and lessons from numerous chefs specializing in a variety of cuisines.
These days, the critically acclaimed chef injects American flavors into classic Asian cuisine from countries such as China, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia. His menu may include Prince Edward Island mussels doused with holly, basil, and ginger; lemongrass-infused chicken soaked in a coconut curry cooked for hours; and seared sirloin marinated in sesame, soy, and garlic. Chef Victor can often be found in the dining room, explaining the complexity of his dishes and why it's too hard to teach broccoli to roll over.
New Port Richey
4148 Rowan Road
New Port Richey, Florida 34653-6116Get Directions