Stomachs only growl when they’re hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon to Tengda Asian Bistro, valid at the Darien and Stamford locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian-fusion cuisine and drinks.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Asian-fusion cuisine and drinks.<p>
Named the Gold Coast’s best Asian-fusion restaurant in 2011 by Moffly Media, Tengda Asian Bistro mingles Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese aesthetics to create sushi, noodle dishes, and hearty beef and seafood entrees. Patrons at the Darien location can tackle noontime hunger pangs with Japanese lunch boxes of chicken teriyaki ($10) or tofu ($9). Evening visitors can play undersea shuffleboard with a mélange of sushi rolls from the extensive dinner menu, such as the yellowtail ($5) or blackened tuna roll ($10). As starters dwindle like spectators’ patience at a turtle marathon, an entree portion of the curried seafood hot pot ($23) collects chilean sea bass, shrimp, salmon, and mussels in a coconut-curry sauce.
At the Stamford location, chefs also hook lunchtime sushi specialties such as the roll platter with tuna, yellowtail, and california rolls ($12.95). The general tso’s chicken entree ($14.95) leads a military occupation of stomachs, and the dinner portion of Japanese noodle soup ($11.95) forces spoons and forks to quash longstanding feuds and collaborate on a steaming crock of tempura shrimp and vegetables in a delicate broth.
At both locations, patrons select from an array of wine and sake by the glass or bottle, clinking glasses of Napa Ridge cabernet ($7) and German Bex riesling ($9). Glowing panels and modern hanging lights throw ambient light on the fully stocked bar, an ideal filling station for cocktails, beers on draft or in the bottle, and motorized chopsticks powered by premium vodka.
Tengda Asian Bistro
The New York Times praised Tengda's Milford location—one of eight in a small regional chain—as "perfect for young-at-heart couples and groups," with a high-energy atmosphere bubbling around cuisine it called "very good." The chefs draw gustatory inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand as they create their expansive menus of Pan-Asian fare, which include fiery stir-fries, grilled meats, and sushi and provide reading material for shy diners throughout a full meal. Moody red and yellow lights dapple sleek black tables and booths, and might occasionally catch knife-flipping and drink-slinging theatrics behind the sushi and cocktail bars.