TenPenh (Closed)
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Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
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TenPenh (Closed)
Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202.393.4500
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pan-Asian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday lunch 11:30 to 2:30, dinner 5:30 to 10:30; Friday lunch 11:30 to 2:30, dinner 5:30 to 11; Saturday 5:30 to 11; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Lumpia; Peking duck roll; Thai coconut-and-chicken soup; smoked lobster; green curry bouillabaise with prawns; Asian Surf and Turf; crispy whole fish; creme brulee trio; chocolate-cashew tart.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $13; entrees, $13 to $18. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $16; entrees, $13 to $28.

From January 2005 100 Very Best Restaurants

Like its sister restaurants--DC Coast and Ceiba--TenPenh has a striking decor, a lively bar, and a menu of updated ethnic classics. Executive chef Jeff Tunks and chef de cuisine Cliff Wharton have put together a menu that ranges over the cuisines of Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. You can start with a tasty Filipino-style lumpia spring roll of shrimp and pork, a surprisingly successful Chinese-style Peking duck roll, or Thai-style coconut-and-chicken soup, none of them "authentic" but all of them delicious.

Main-course choices include Tunks's signature Chinese-style smoked lobster, a Green Curry Bouillabaisse with fresh prawns, and an Asian Surf and Turf with a grilled rib eye and tempura shrimp. Pastry chef Jason Andelman's Asian-inspired but thoroughly American desserts are a treat, particularly the trio of crème brûlées flavored with coffee, lemongrass, and ginger, and the chocolate-cashew tart with banana ice cream.

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