The anticipated reincarnation of TenPenh arrives on Friday, this time in Tysons Corner right off the new Silver Line.
Chef Jeff Tunks ran the Passion Food Hospitality restaurant for 11 years in D.C. before closing in 2011 (the name stems from its 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue locale). The new menu, which remains Asian fusion, is inspired by his travels to places like Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Dishes making a comeback include the red thai curry lobster with golden pineapple and jasmine rice, as well as Chinese-style smoked lobster. There’s also steamed buns galore, with fillings like pork belly to more non-traditional fare like Nashville hot chicken with bread and butter pickle relish. The wide food selection also includes Cantonese roast pork and miso glazed royal sea bass. Vegetables meant for sharing arrive on stacking trays, and bento plates are available during its weekday lunch service.
For booze, order from a list of Japanese sakes and whiskeys, wines from Pacific Rim vineyards, and more than a dozen beers from the Far East. Cocktails include the Matcha Mule and Lycheetini.
At the centerpiece 13-seat sushi bar, find the tempura-fried TenPenh Roll and sashimi by the platter being made. The expansive 260-seat spot, at the base of the new neon-lit Silverline Center development, also has a main dining room and lounge.
Status: Opening today for lunch, TenPenh, 7900 Westpark Drive, McLean, Va.; website.