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RW: Ten Penh Dinner

sunshine | Jan 17, 2003 08:15 AM

Ten Penh and DC Coast have it right. For RW, although limited in appetizers and dessert choices, you can choose any entree off the regular menu, including the daily special. (there's an additional $9 charge for the tenderloin and chinese smoked lobster, still a deal.)

The appetizer choices are the ten penh salad (yuzu vinaigrette, enoki mushrooms and spiced pecans), the filipino lumpia spring rolls (4 rolls filled with pork, carrots, bamboo shoots, with 3 dipping sauces), and the soup of the day (last nite, fish chowder with bacon).

Our group had the blackened ahi tuna with shrimp lo mein, the shrimp red curry, seared scallops, the grouper special and the chinese tea smoked lobster which is a must-try (smoky whole lobster, still in its shell but pre-cut for easy eating, atop a bed of smothered cabbage and carrots with crispy fried spinach).

desserts were a warm, gooey caramel chocolate cake with ginger ice cream and a crispy sugar wafer, and a banana bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

we also received a bonus mini shot of ginger butternut squash soup and coconut rice cakes (like japanese mochi).

the only complaint is that the waiter gave one of our party a bit of a hard time (maybe joking maybe not) because he was late and we had waited to order until he showed up, which gave me the feeling that they wanted to rush us out of there. nonetheless, not enough to ruin the experience, and the money we saved on dinner went to more cocktails.

Too bad Ten Penh's not extending its RW promotion.

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