Friday, November 6, 2009

Suzy Wong's House of Lunch

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 12:19 PM

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Getting a jump on another fine dining establishment that has recently announced plans to offer lunch, Suzy Wong's House of Yum on Church Street started serving midday meals this week.

Available 11-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, SWHoY lunch includes a few soups and salads along with several small plates for snacking and sharing. From previous experience I can recommend the Asian Wonton Nachos with Five Spice Pork as an excellent starter.

The main lunch options are based around their "Suzy's Combo Box" bento boxes. For $9 diners are offered a gently fried spring roll and a choice of starches: white or brown rice or lo mein noodles. Also included is a choice of wonton sticks, edamame, "pot sticker" dumplings or a house salad. Our server helpfully recommended the pot stickers, saying the other options probably weren't filling enough for a growing Bitester.

Finally as a main course, you can pick from a list of traditional Asian specialties:

Kung Pao Tofu with Veggies

Coconut Green Curry Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken Bites

Peanut Sauce Chicken Panang

Peppered Beef with Broccoli

While these items might look like what you'd encounter on a typical Chinese steam table lunch buffet, Suzy Wong's creative spirit Arnold Myint insists on quality ingredients made to order. As a result, the Sweet and Sour Chicken batter was delightfully light and crispy as opposed to the usual "Golden Panda Dragon Peking Palace Empress Garden Express" doughy chicken served with goopy, red sweet and sour sauce that always reminds me of transmission fluid. The Coconut Green Curry Chicken was delicately seasoned with just enough afterburn to create a pleasant additive numbing of the palate over the course of the meal.

While substitutions are not allowed, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and soy alternatives are available and thoughtfully labeled on the menu. Most of the items are available for carryout if you are in a hurry and don't have the time to enjoy the campy dining area or one of the best patios in Nashville. Service was quick and efficient, and don't worry about finding a place to park. Multiple spots are available on Church Street right in front of the restaurant and a large secure parking lot is available behind the patio and accessible from Hayes Street.

If my hazy high school statistics class memory is correct, there are 80 different combinations of the Suzy's Combo Box alone. That should keep me busy for quite a while.

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