Friday, January 9, 2009


Last date I was here: 1/9/2009

Restaurant: TenPenh (

Location: Federal Triangle/Navy Archives

Total Rating: 4.5Food: 5, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 5

Summary: Located in the heart of the city at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the upscale southeast-Asian-inspired restaurant features Feng Shui design to follow Asian customs and guidelines. Closest Metro is Federal Triangle or Navy Archives.

I had lunch here and at first impression, the atmosphere was warm, chic, and elegant with classic Asian inspired designs and colors. The décor of TenPenh fuses contemporary American styling with Asian accents. The windowed façade that faces both 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue displays the restaurant's stylized logo resembling an Emperor's seal. The view from the entrance only slightly prepares the guest for what's inside. Guests are greeted by a hostess dressed in a long, distinctly Asian, silk tunic. Custom-made teak chairs and tables fill the space with warm dark woods. A short incline made up of large sand colored stones leads guests past a long curved cabinet, encasing an extensive collection of wines coming from all parts of the world. A few steps further, on your way into the bar and main dining room, there is a semi-private dining room discretely situated in enclosed glass. The wait service was excellent and we were provided with complimentary edamame and warm wet towels to freshen our hands. The lunch portion was surprisingly large and very flavorful. The menu features items from Thailand, Philippines, Korea, and Japan. I would definitely come again for dinner.

What I ate:

Pan Seared Tilapia
With Chorizo Fried Rice, Pineapple Coconut Curry, Togarashi Shrimp

TenPenh on Urbanspoon

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