This week Kirsten Henri takes us to Zento, the “stark and pristine” Japanese and sushi spot on the 100 block of Chestnut Street. Stick with the sushi and you’ll experience chef and owner Gunawan Wibisono’s own experience at Kisso and Morimoto.
The specialty sushi rolls are where Zento’s originality shines. Feel like a square peg? Perhaps Zento’s square sushi will cure what ails ya. Each cube of rice is packed with eel, avocado, tangy plum paste and topped with either tuna or salmon. The Green River roll is filled with toro, more eel and plum paste, and then topped with undulating slivers of avocado that give it its name. The Flaming Dragon is stuffed with spicy tuna and streaked with a fiery spine of tobiko-topped eel and avocado.