Like romance novels, dumplings fit tempting tidbits into a small but steamy package. Passionately devour cuisine with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pan-Asian cuisine and nonalcoholic drinks at Asian Bistro in Fairfax, Virginia.
The chefs at Asian Bistro craft a menu that takes taste buds on a multiregional journey through China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and other Asian locales. Diners can mouth-dive into starters such as the summer rolls, a blend of shrimp, rice vermicelli, carrots, basil, and mint ($5) wrapped in sheets of rice parchment ripped from a poorly constructed legal pad. Chef's specials such as the khal bi ($15) quash carnivorous cravings with Korean-style barbecue short ribs flanked by asian coleslaw and kimchi, whereas the vegetarian pad thai jay ($8.50/lunch; $9.99/dinner) elevates mixed vegetables, tofu, and rice noodles to flavorful new heights. As patrons ogle the eatery's hanging lamps, sleek wooden tables, and Asian-themed figurines, they can round out cross-continental taste treks with sushi ($4.99–$18.95) or curry ($8.75–$16), which is ideal for adding authentic sauce smudges to counterfeit vacation postcards.
Lanterns cast a warm glow through red, orange, and yellow fabrics to illuminate the rich wood accents in Asian Bistro's dining room. Guests sit at polished wooden tables and around an open sushi bar where meticulous chefs slice fresh sashimi and pack sushi rolls with fresh yellowtail, shrimp, and eel. In the kitchen, the culinary traditions of Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia blend together to create flavorful entrees, such as lobster pad thai or Korean-style short ribs. After polishing off gyoza appetizers, guests can insulate yakisoba noodles with unique add-ins of cashews and pineapple, or impress a date by eating miso soup using only one chopstick.
3950 University Dr.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030