Open for business
Peacock Indian restaurant, at the corner of 18th Avenue and Church Street, has changed hands and undergone an exterior facelift. It is now owned by the Taj Mahal group and is called Taste of India. Just as Peacock did, it offers an extensive and comprehensive slate of Indian dishes with particular attention paid to vegetarians. (There are 18 veggie dishes available.) It continues to serve dosai (hubcap-sized thin crepes of rice and lentils) and dahi vada (donut-shaped lentil fritters). Taste of India is open every day but Monday, serving a $5.99 lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. Located at 1805 Church St. 327-5400.
Directly behind the retail/restaurant strip at 2525 West End (home to P.F. Chang’s and Fleming’s), the Nashville Marriott is open, with 307 rooms and an all-day, full-service restaurant. Latitude offers casual dining for breakfast and lunch, then transforms to a fresh seafood grill for dinner, offering a more intimate dining experience with fine wines and cocktails.
Beat the chilland boost your immune systemwith the new Green Tea menu at Chez NuNu, the cafe within Tiba store and day spa, located in The Mall at Green Hills. Green tea is being touted as “the most potent health beverage ever,” according to the American Health Foundation. It is a powerful antioxidant, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and works as an antibacterial and antiviral agent. The Green Tea menu includes two types of bread, green tea rice, green tea tofu soup, green tea quiche, iced or hot green tea, and green tea cake.
The menu is part of Tiba’s new Institute of Traditional Oriental Medicine, offering acupuncture, Chinese herbal supplements and Tui Na pressure point massage. Phone: 269-5121. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 1-3 p.m. Sun.
Zola in the running
Zola, the contemporary Mediterranean restaurant owned by Deb and Ernie Paquette, is one of only 71 restaurants nationwide, and two in Tennessee, nominated for the 2002 Ivy Awards. The prestigious and coveted trade award is sponsored by Restaurants and Institutions magazine. Ballots are in the Jan. 15 issue and must be postmarked by Feb. 4. The other nominated Tennessee restaurant is the Grove Grill in Memphis. Chef Deb Paquette has recently completed the winter menu for Zola.