Ten China Bistro opened last week, providing marvelously flavorful Chinese food and excellent service. Under the supervision of Chef/Owner Eric Xie, this is the Chinese restaurant the area has been waiting for: where the food has real flavor and the dishes real imagination.
Situated at 239 Danbury Rd, it is adjacent to Soup Alley and across Rte 7 from Town Hall. (At this writing their web site is not yet functional.) Entry to the restaurant is from the rear of the building.
Upon being seated, fresh cups of tea were provided at once, and refilled all during the visit. A plate of crunchy Chinese vegetables was provided as an appetizer while the menu was perused. The restaurant has a wine/beer license and the waiter immediately asked if we would care to order wine in addition to our tea. The wine is served in carafes so capacious that there are nearly two glasses in a carafe, and costing only $8.00.
One selected appetizer was Dim Sum: shrimp and pork with a ginger dipping sauce, and the filling was delightfully flavorful, as was the dipping sauce. Too often the filling for Dim Sum at other restaurants is utterly without flavor: this was definitely not the case here!
The other appetizer was Steamed Vegetable Dumplings, and these were again flavorful and imaginative. The portions were extremely generous with 6 Dim Sum pieces and 8 dumplings: almost more than we could eat.
For the main course the choice of Chicken with Mixed Vegetables was so much more than typical that it was a revelation. All of the vegetables were fresh and crisp and each had its own flavor: sugar snap peas, baby corn, peppers, mushrooms and summer squash were all excellent along with tender pieces of chicken and a delicate sauce.
The Curry Shrimp and Chicken Thailand Style was a spectacular success, containing tender slices of chicken, jumbo prawns, coconut milk, coriander, turmeric, fennel seeds, mushrooms, potatoes, Thai basil and lemon grass, and served in lovely covered casserole. The curry was quite spicy and all of the vegetables flavorful. The restaurant did not load up the casserole with potatoes instead of meat and vegetables: there was more there than anyone could eat!
There are three other Chinese restaurants in or just adjacent to Wilton who have a lot of catching up to do to come even close to the quality of food and service Ten China Bistro offers. And amazingly, the bill for two dinners, including wine but before tip was only $62. Since they also offer takeout, you can be sure this is a place we will visit often.
Ten China Bistro is a sister restaurant to the Village Gourmet in nearby Norwalk, just 4 miles away. Their take-out menu is identical except that in Wilton, each menu item is one dollar higher in price.