Friday, February 7, 2014

French Bistro Chateau West Opens on West End

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The owner of popular Turkish restaurant Anatolia has completely overhauled the former Japanese restaurant space on West End near Murphy Road into a new French bistro, Chateau West.

  • Chateau West on OpenTable
Huseyin Ustunkaya, a native of Turkey who's lived here for decades, opened Anatolia more than 10 years ago, biding his time before launching his second restaurant. I asked him what motivated him to go with the French bistro concept, and he said, first of all, "French is the best cuisine." Hard to argue with that.

Secondly, he said, he had a vision that the strange peaked roof of the building, which under some of the previous tenants (a Chinese restaurant and most recently, Tenno sushi house) appeared faux Asian, could be recast to hint at French chateau design. In addition, he said he's recruited a veteran French chef, Alain Treville, who recently moved to Nashville from Paris.

In any case, it's quite the transformation. The dining room is sleek, with white tablecloths and ceiling that now opens up to vaulted elegance.

Ustunkaya quietly opened the doors on Monday, but the restaurant is already attracting patrons, including some loyal regulars from Anatolia and others who spotted Chateau West on OpenTable.

(Some folks may just be walking in out of curiosity over what's going on in the quirky structure that's been housing restaurants as far back as the '80s, if not earlier.)

The Chateau West menu is classic French, but with fairly moderate bistro-style pricing and the welcome inclusion of vegan and gluten-free items. (Even the fondue menu includes a vegan tofu fondue, along with decadent versions like the brie-honey-and-truffle.)

Highlight dinner entrees include boeuf bourguignon ($19) and sole Colbert (butter-fried sole with Brussels sprouts ($18). Lunch includes the Chateau Burger ($12) with local beef and Emmental cheese on brioche with pomme frites or salad.

Chateau West is at 3408 West End Ave., 432-2622. Ustunkaya says the menu will soon be posted on the website.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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