The best part about eating Asian food is the confidence that comes when more than one billion people tacitly support your culinary decision; the second-best part is that their bakers can see the future. Chew with the crowd with today’s Groupon for Asian cuisine at Asia Bistro, Saigon Saigon, or Zen Bistro and Wine Bar, located in Pentagon Row in Arlington. Choose between the following options:
For $15, you get $30 worth of Asian fare for dinner.
For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian fare for lunch.
Asia Bistro’s tranquil dining room soothes patrons, employing authentic Eastern plates to transform stomachs' growls into contented purrs. Lunch, served until 2:30 p.m., spotlights bento boxes amply outfitted with sushi and sides, or an array of flavorful entrees to send palates on a midday excursion. The restaurant’s dinner menu stars a cast of piping-hot platters, including Vietnamese-style grilled lemongrass beef, an expertly grilled flank with crushed peanuts and scallions ($14), and crispy soft-shell crab with spicy malaysian panang red curry sauce ($16). Guests sup and sip in the serene ambiance of Asian Bistro’s décor, featuring dark stained-wood furniture and a softly soundtracking fountain.
Saigon Saigon assuages appetites with packed luncheon boxes and succulent supper delicacies. Lunch menu offerings—served until 3:15 .p.m.—square off against dinner menu heavyweights in hunger hampering matches, effectively knocking out savory cravings. The northern Vietnamese–style grilled hanoi pork lunch box ($8.95) entices night owls to eschew formerly nocturnal nibbling, and a bowl of barbecue-pork fried rice ($9.95 for lunch) quickly thaws frozen throats. Evening diners may partake of the specialty red volcano, which combines crispy soft-shell crab, shrimp, scallops, and calamari with spicy red curry panang sauce ($17.95) to deliciously heat up forkfuls.
Zen Bistro and Wine Bar’s upscale cuisine delights guests with a variety of cold sushi cuts and bold bento boxes. The lunch and dinner menus extinguish fiery appetites with chilled treats such as the salmon lover, a tasty team of a six-piece salmon roll, six-piece california roll, and four-piece salmon sushi ($14 for lunch), playing considerate good cop to taste bud miscreants. Dinnertime diners may opt for a decadent five-spice duck, marinated in a quintet of herbs and sided with kimchi ($13 for dinner). Zen's trendy, high-contrast décor, featuring bright red shelving and colorful lighting coupled with black dining tables and chairs, provides guests with hip, downtown flare without the need to limbo under the velvet rope. Zen Bistro and Wine Bar serves lunch until 2 p.m.
Saigon Saigon's immersive Vietnamese menu features pho noodle soups, spicy curries, and entrees of lemongrass chicken or roast pork. Diners sip wine while nibbling small plates of shrimp-topped baguettes, mushroom-stuffed spring rolls, or skewers of marinated chicken satay. Main courses appease appetites with stir-fried noodle dishes, or Chef Vu's specialties of rice topped with Saigon sausage and lemongrass pork, flank steak in sizzling hot pots, and filets of ginger-infused salmon. Chefs garnish dishes with colorful fresh veggies and fragrant herbs, and diners enjoy their feasts amid the warm-colored walls and sprigs of bamboo of the interior or in the open air of the patio.