Ten Tigers Parlour!
Friday, we went to the Ten Tigers Parlour Soft Opening in Petworth. Ian and Eric Hilton, together with partners Scott Herman and chef Tim Ma, opened Ten Tigers Parlour, a neighborhood tea house and bar, this weekend. Here, Tim is flanked by TAA PR's Rebecca Chin and Fatback Media's Mary Kong-DeVito.
The venue is in the former Chez Billy space and features an eclectic menu of cocktails, teas, Asian-style street food and pastries. The concept is inspired by Chinese cultural influences, where tea houses traditionally serve as the community gathering place not only to eat, but also to connect. The Victorian-era décor, complete with replicas of ancient Chinese paintings, original tile floors and dark wooden beams, provides a sultry yet cozy environment. Here, HRC's Mary Wareham with District Equities' Steve Gaudio.
The menu is crafted around a selection of handmade soup dumplings, bao buns, pan-fried dumplings, rice donburi and more of Tim’s childhood favorites. Pastry chef Mollie Bird has designed an offering of Chinese pastries for Ten Tigers, including egg tarts, sesame balls and almond breads. Here, Emergent BioSolutions' Katie Horst, Kownacki Media Holdings' Brendan Kownacki and the Washington NFL team's LaRhonda Burley.
To drink Ten Tigers offers boba tea, Vietnamese coffee and Thai iced tea in addition to French press coffee and an expanding list of hot teas. Specialty cocktails include the 13 Pell (Tito’s vodka, lychee liquor, cranberry juice, lime slice), Lychee Martini (lychee liquor, Three Olives vodka, lychee juice); and Canton Alley (Four Roses Yellow bourbon, ginger liquor, grapefruit juice, black vinegar, candied ginger, lime slice). Here, TAA PR's Laura Arana and Monica Dawson with UDC's Victor Salinas.