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Inside look: Zen Bistro
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Inside look: Zen Bistro

Westchase, FL - Zen Bistro, a minimalistic but upscale sushi bar popular with a hip crowd that ranges from single professionals and young couples to celebrities and professional athletes hopes for good karma with a new late-night endeavor that adds rock to its rolls. Now in its sophomore year, Zen, located in Westchase Town Center in Westchase, has put a new spin on Friday nights, adding a rotating roster of DJs to its menu.

The decor: Zen is chic but understated, infused with feng shui influences that include its uncluttered entrance, softened by floor-to-ceiling panels of flowing fabric. A balanced arrangement of minimalistic tables and chairs is softened by a trio of curved and cozy booths that line Zen’s back wall, which is painted a bright -red (a color, according to feng shui principles, that connotes good luck, happiness, life and warmth). Mirroring the booths’ curves is the long bar, which gently arcs the length of the room, providing space for sake sippers at one end and sushi specialists at the other. Natural materials – sand-and-stone gardens encased in Zen’s polished concrete floor and a row of live bamboo plants that separate the dining areas – are used as design touches while fiber-optic lighting and a pair of flat-panel HD televisions add a high-tech twist. Zen also features a large outdoor patio with several umbrella-covered tables.

For more on the cuisine, drinks, and entertainment - and a few insider tips from the critic - check out the full Metromix.com review here.

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