Tempt Asian Café

Tempt Asian Café, 6259 Little River Turnpike (just west of where 395 hits 236), Alexandria, VA, 703-750-6801 [Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | Don Rockwell]
Update June 2006: The prize-winning chef who used to be here– Peter Chang — is now nowhere to be seen. Some of the dishes here are less complex, but this remains a Sichuan restaurant and still better than the average Chinese place. Future decline may be in order, we will see.
Get the Dan Dan Noodles (it gets better as you dig in), the Scallion Chow Foon, the Dried, Minced Beef in Hot Pot, and the appetizer with fish and cilantro. After that go with the specials. Ignore the American menu. The parking lot, while it always has spots, is an exercise in frustration.

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  5. A. says:

    Sadly, I think Tempt Asian is in decline.
    The first time I ate there I had a delightful meal, with no complaints about either the food or the service. Wonderfully spiced and prepared, and surely more authentic than most of the Chinese restaurants in my close vicinity, my meal was very memorable.
    After a few months I decided to take advantage of their delivery service and enjoy the food in the comfort of my own home. The result? Very VERY oily food, to the point I ended up cooking extra rice to help cut the grease (this is in direct reference to a fish with hot peppers dish off of the authentic chinese menu). I also ordered a notoriously spicy beef appetizer but it wasn’t as notoriously spicy as I remember. I decided to give it another chance a few months later, but, the same thing happened.
    However, if you’re a fried rice fan, the salty fish and chicken fried rice still makes a nice lunch.
    I suggest skipping Tempt Asian at this point and heading across Beauregard street to Yamazato (Japanese + Thai) across the street in the office complex with Sistah’s Hair Salon. They serve the best sushi I’ve ever eaten, with a very innovative menu, and still affordable prices. You can also pick up some Thai entrees along with your Japanese food!

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