About TenPenh Tysons
Those who fondly remember the original TenPenh located just down the street from the White House will have a hard time deciding between old favorites like Jeff Tunks' Red Thai Curry Shrimp, Chinese-Style Smoked Lobster and Whole Crispy Fish -- the dishes that made the place a legend in its eleven years downtown, and one of the reasons it was so lamented when its doors closed five years ago.
Those doors have reopened across the Potomac River onto a breathtaking new atmosphere of Asian elegance. Inspired by the layout of a traditional Chinese courtyard house, complete with a contemporary moon gate, the new TenPenh Tysons features a succession of rooms of differing character, some arranged around an outdoor courtyard, and others around the bustling open kitchen. TenPenh Tysons evokes the sense of a private home of a sophisticated westerner who has lived in Asia and absorbed the serenity of its highest aesthetic: calm, uncluttered, and inviting. Everything down to the texture of walls produces a consistent elegance that is punctuated here and there with moments of whimsy [animals of the Chinese zodiac hidden throughout!], bold elements of jade, amber, and onyx, and the dramatic play of light and shadow.