Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 39: Zen Sushi

Sac has lots of Asian restaurants of every stripe, from the larger chains like P.F. Chang's to local offerings that feature Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and combinations or permutations thereof.  Zen Sushi is located on the corner of 15h & I Streets, just 2 blocks from CPCA, and it's a definitely a favorite for many CPCA staff lunch outings.  I first tried Zen when I went out to lunch with CMK at some point last year, and I was very impressed with the food and service.  My absolute favorite is the vegetable ramen in a soy-based broth - tons of fresh veggies including carrots, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, and mushrooms.  Yum!

Another striking feature of Zen is the decor, especially the structural ceiling light tiles.  In the main dining room, the tiles reveal lacy tree branches:

The entry bar and sushi bar area are emphasized by a rather appropriate blue-tinted reveal of swimming fish:

And one of the very best features of the decor is the lack of TVs all over the place, which has become so commonplace with restaurants of all kinds over the past few years.  A few screens are subtly positioned behind the bar, but no screens mar the tranquil dining room area.  Such a lovely environment to enjoy a tasty lunch!


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