: Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine (9250 Watson Road, Crestwood; 314-842-0307)
, a bustling little restaurant in a homely strip mall.The Deal
: Red curry with beef, with a complimentary starter of miso soup and two egg rolls, for $7.49
: This wasn't the best curry I've ever had. It lacked enough seasoning, with the flavor of coconut milk much stronger than that of the curry paste. It also wasn't very hot. I mean that in both senses of the term: It wasn't spicy, and it was slightly below the ideal serving temperature.
Both problems I ascribe to an overwhelmed lunch service. My server -- the only server I saw -- was rushing from to table to table. She didn't ask how spicy I wanted my curry, and I wasn't able to flag her down to tell her.
Still, the beef in the curry was very tender, and Thai basil added a welcome punch. I'll certainly give Zen another try. The serving size was appropriate for the price, especially given the small cup of good miso soup and two miniature egg rolls that were included.
My visit to Zen did yield one surprise. Look for it in a "Try This Now" post tomorrow.Lunch Bucket List is a recurring feature in which
Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants
around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.