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Ten Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar Restaurant Review: Located a runway away from John Wayne airport, this sleek, Far Eastern-inspired spot is a hip place to hang out, especially at the affordable happy hour. Its striking setting is highlighted by a neon-backlit Buddha that coolly presides over the shenanigans. The flowery Cal-Asian fare is definitely secondary to the scene. The martini menu, which features drinks like the sour patch (Pucker liqueur and Belvedere vodka with a lip-smacking sugar rim) and the raspberry lemon drop, is outdated. Yet, it's still much more interesting than the dinner menu, which offers all the usual basic Asian dishes as well as items any sushi lover has seen a hundred times before: California rolls, seared albacore, seafood salad and so on. The sushi creations are elaborate and the presentation impressive, but they manage to still be pretty straightforward from a flavor perspective. This bodes well for the bar milieu, but not for any gourmet aspirations. Oddly enough, the local airport district business crowd congregates here for lunch, noshing on sushi or more American favorites like teriyaki chicken or Kobe-style beef sliders.