A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw eggs and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Asian fusion fare at Ten Asian Bistro (or $20 for $50 worth when redeemed 5 p.m.–7 p.m.), located in Newport Beach.
Under the watchful eye of a giant Buddha, the rice-wranglers of Ten Asian Bistro craft a pan-Pacific panoply of Japanese sushi, Southeast Asian fusion dishes, and prime-aged steaks. Head chef Steven Nguyen scours his culinary imagination to present a menu of flavorful plates and master sushi chef Akira Furvga precisely slices fresh maki and nigiri.
Marveling masticators may begin with the delicately presented lobster crêpes with spinach and mushrooms bathed in coconut-curry sauce ($14) before moving in on an entree of Kyoto duck breast marinated in Saikyo miso ($24). Carnivorous beef buffs chew through the spectrally spicy Ghost Chili Pepper Beef stir-fried with vegetables ($17) or a 16-ounce Angus rib eye ($32), a certified improvement over dubious Chris cutlets. Strategic suppers can construct a consumable checkerboard out of Caterpillar and Philadelphia rolls picked from the titanic sushi selection.
Environmental accents combine to create a memorable meal with two massive waterfalls flanking the entrance, serene pools of water soothing souls, and stylish candles that set the stage for diners to duel the ghosts of fallen appetites. Contrasting the otherworldly contemporary atmosphere, the dark hardwood floors mimic the simplicity of Japanese décor and iridescent lighting calms occupied tongues and abdomens.
Gayot named Ten Asian Bistro one of its Top 10 Late Night Restaurants and one of its Sexy Restaurants. The Orange County Register gave the restaurant a favorable review. Nearly 130 Yelpers give Ten Asian Bistro an average of three stars, Citysearchers give it an average of four stars, and 70% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- The room itself is a combination of opulent and outlandish, and I mean that in a good way. There's a giant seated Buddha watching over everything, a lively bar and sushi bar, TVs everywhere and dramatic lighting that changes frequently. – Elizabeth Evans, Orange County Register