From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

Washington D.C. Restaurant

Pan-Asian cooking at Ten Penh

MOST READ TRAVEL
Our Favorite Travel Essentials of the Year

Editors’ Picks

Our Favorite Travel Essentials of the Year

Everything you need for your 2023 travel: our editors’ picks for on-the-road...

Classic Madrileño fare served on fine silver in the upstairs dining room at the recently restored Lhardy.

Guides

Tapas Tales

The cookbook author and artist behind “Salad for President” shares her ultimate...

Where to Eat, Stay, and Explore in Dublin

Guides

Where to Eat, Stay, and Explore in Dublin

A native Dubliner showcases all the best things that Ireland’s most famous city...

At Ten Penh, it's hard to decide what you want to do first--order everything on the pan-Asian menu or buy all the furnishings. Executive chef Jeff Tunks and owners Gus DiMillo and David Wizenberg, who are also in charge of the city's popular DC Coast, canvassed Bangkok, Hong Kong, Saigon, Macao, and Singapore and came back with an exceptional mix of objects--custom two-tone teak dining chairs from Vietnam, a 17th-century Buddha, hammered bronze flatware, Thai silk for walls and banquettes, oversized incense coils from Macao. It may be the most beautiful decor in the city.

As conceived by Tunks and his Philippine-born chef de cuisine, Cliff Wharton, the menu is sophisticated. Standout dishes include Vietnamese-spiced crispy quail with green papaya salad; hamachi and ahi tartare; and red Thai curry prawns. Only the tasteless and greasy tamarind-glazed five-spice baby back pork ribs disappointed. Pastry chef David Guas' desserts also have an Asian accent: warm chocolate five-spice cake and Thai black rice pudding. 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., at Tenth. $78. 202-393-4500. tenpenh.com/main.htm

Newsletter

Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.