In October we learned that the replacement for Chez Billy was going to be Ten Tigers Parlour, an "Asian street food lounge" from chef Tim Ma and the Hilton brothers, who run the Gibson and many other spots around town. And now we know when: the Washingtonian reports it's opening Saturday.
The place looks amazing from their photos, and sounds pretty cool too: they'll feature soup dumplings, inexpensive cocktails, and other Asian inspired fare for dinner, as well donburi rice bowls, skewers, bao (buns) and noodle dishes, which will be available for lunch and dinner both. They'll also be open during the day with tea and coffee.
The prices seem reasonable too, like $12 for the handmade pork, chicken or veggie soup dumplings and $11 for Marco Polo noodles, an Italian-Chinese fusion dish. Drinks and beers will also be reasonable with things like a gin and tonic for $5 or $6 up to $10 for a Thai whiskey manhattan, plus lots of "aggressive" happy hour deals.
The City Paper has more on the menu, with items like a variety of pan fried dumplings and other dishes, all ranging from $7-$12 -- three types each of soup dumplings, skewers, noodle dishes, bao, and rice donburi with a few veggie options.
The pricing sounds like they learned a lesson from Chez Billy, which had to drop their prices after being open for a while.
"We’re trying to make it flexible for the neighborhood," Ian Hilton said to Washingtonian. "I feel good about the fact that they’ve told me what they want."
During the day, they open at 11am with free wifi and plugs for laptops and things like Vietnamese and French press coffee, Thai ice tea, and bubble tea. Eventually they'll add Chinese sweets and pastries too. Sounds like it could be a great spot for folks who work from home.
The City Paper says the interior will look "unrecognizable" to fans of Chez Billy, but to me it's pretty similar with more old timey Asian art like tapestries, though they have changed the layout somewhat.
They're open 11am-2am Sunday-Thursday with food service til 9, and 11am-3am on Friday and Saturday with food service til 10.
They're at 3813 Georgia Avenue NW. Their website is up but there's not much on it. Photos from their Instagram.