Vegetables are the antizombie, rising out of the ground to demand we devour their artichoke hearts and cauliflower brains. Hunt down some new green friends with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of vegan and vegetarian Asian cuisine at Zen Garden.
Zen Garden, which LEO Weekly's readers deemed the area's best eatery for vegetarian food, presents diners with a healthy, herbivorous menu inspired by Asian recipes. Guests can initiate their grazing with rice-flour vietnamese crêpes ($4.95), which enfold mushrooms, bean sprouts, and tofu in edible hugs. Instead of bobbing for protein at a bodybuilder's house party, guests can sample sandwiches or entrees with nutritious tofu accents. The barbecue-soy sandwich ($5.25) rises with seasoned tofu cinderblocks, soy-protein scaffolding and pickled daikon radish deadbolts. Both tangy and sweet, orange tofu ($9.50) combines a menagerie of veggies with its namesake citrus. A serving of fresh green beans and mock duck ($9.50) rests in a pillow of white rice and spicy black-bean sauce. Served hot or cold, a cup of jasmine ($1.95) or green tea ($2.25) can cleanse the palate or spur the growth of lush boulder crops when poured over Japanese rock gardens.
At Zen Garden, many of the Asian dishes sound familiar, with adjectives like "orange," "sweet ‘n’ sour," and "kung pao." However, rather than tossing chicken or beef in with these classic flavors, the kitchen has adopted a meat-free credo. Chefs mix masterfully seasoned bites of tofu and other meat alternatives with fresh veggies, creating entrees such as green beans stir-fried with mock duck and the barbecued-soy sandwich. Noodles tangle around shiitake mushrooms in both the udon-noodle soup and the shiitake mushroom lo mein, and curry sauce imbues eggplant and shredded tofu with a spicy kick. Guests can pair their meal with a cup of green tea, prepped hot, iced, or in its purest form: emeralds that have not yet been juiced.
2240 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206Get Directions