If you were to wander over to www.suzywongsnashville.com, you'd find that they are now taking reservations for dinner starting tonight on OpenTable.com. The restaurant staff has spent the past week getting ready for your patronage and a brief visit to a preview on Monday night proved that it might just be worth a trip down Church Street to share a few plates with Suzy.
Nashville restaurateur Arnold Myint, owner of PM and ChaChah, has teamed up with the folks from Zeus Enterprises, the team behind Tribe and Play to introduce a dining concept that combines the Zeus tradition of nightlife entertainment with Myint's culinary vision. Occupying the space which previously housed Red, the plan is to serve lunch and dinner, with takeout available and a late-night menu until 4 a.m for your post-raving craving.
The restaurant, located at 1515 Church St., has been given an attractive makeover with bright fuchsia accents, a dragon kite motif ceiling treatment, a long wall of banquettes, a cozy but vibrant bar, and a much improved patio area including individual cabanas for a little privacy. The space is very hip without feeling too uncomfortable if you're not absolutely fabulous.
The wine list is populated with approachable, affordable wines that emphasize clever names over complexity. Most are available by the glass at reasonable prices to allow you to pair different wines with different small plates as appropriate. This makes a lot of sense because although the menu is completely Asian-themed, it doesn't mean that there aren't a wide variety of flavors offered over the course of a full meal that might require very different wine choices to complement them.
Similar to the Myint's Cha Chah concept, the emphasis is on tapas-like small plates and sharing. With appetizer sizes priced between $3.00 and $8.00 and only a few items on the menu topping $10.00, you'll probably want to order 2-3 plates per person. The menu is still being finalized, but here's hoping that the savory Green Curry Coconut Steamed Mussels and the BBQ Pork and Edamame Cilantro Pico Nachos make the final cut!
Some of the more traditional dishes like Tempura Vegetables and Gyoza were solid if not spectacular. But for a quick drink and a dish before a show downtown or as a sobering stop on the way home from a night partying in the Church Street Corridor, Suzy Wong's House of Yum could prove to be welcome addition to the dining landscape.
If you get there soon and progress farther down the menu than we were able to in a single sitting, please be sure to report back here at Bites.