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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Etch Nashville Restaurant Review

I'd like to start this blog off apologizing that this particular one hasn't come sooner, as it concerns one of my absolute favorite 'new' restaurants in town: Etch. Since my first experience at lunch several months ago (and many, many subsequent visits after for both lunch and dinner), I have been unable to stop thinking about this fabulous restaurant nor stop talking about it to anyone who is willing to listen.
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Etch's Brisket Papusa

I must admit, not too many years ago a place like Etch would have intimidated the hell out of me. Most menu items being out of my "comfort zone", I would have considered it to be a bit much. Thankfully, with access to the ever-booming local restaurant scene in Nashville since I moved to the 'big city', I have been a bit more adventurous with food, and my goodness, am I glad I did! 

Etch has some of the most inventive, unique, and flavorful meals I've ever had. Truly an experience for your taste buds, every single menu item I've ordered has absolutely blown me away... and so has their service, which is top-notch and in my mind equally as important. My suggestion to yougo with a small group, order several apps, soups, salads, an entree or two, and SHARE. You will not want to miss out on any of Chef Paquette's amazing creations. Here are some of my personal faves:
  • Butter Tasting. Ok, everyone loves butter, but Etch gives it a fun twist. Rolls served with truffle, smoked plugra, duck, and goat butters. Divine.
  • Roasted Cauliflower. With truffled pea pesto, salted almonds, and feta crema. To describe this glorious creation, I believe my friend says it best (and classiest): "I would literally bathe in the truffled pea pesto." Interesting take, yes, but it really is that wonderful.
  • Duck Confit. Words truly cannot begin to describe how fab this is.The balsamic blackberries and the citrus from the orange peel with the duck... Unbelievable.
  • Short Ribs. Perfection. Such a delicious and fun twist on the traditional short rib.
  • Pork Tenderloin. Possibly the best, most tender, flavorful pork tenderloin I've ever had in my life. Monchego. Carmelized Onions. Mushroom sauce. Oh, and it contains truffle.. Enough said.
  • Brisket Papusa (lunch). Corn cake, smoked brisket, cheese, onion, slaw, a wonderful tomato sauce, avocado, lime crema, queso blanco. Every single bite of this lunch-only entree was phenomenal. Hands down the best lunch I've ever had.
Recently, a colleague of mine told me my theory that one always has room for dessert no matter how full is actually a scientific fact. Not sure how accurate that is, but, I'll go with it it. That said, you MUST order dessert at Etch! I have had the Meyer Lemon Frozen Mousse (lemon curd, goat milk caramel, lemon crumble, brown butter pizzelle, cirtus segments) and Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch, both incredible.

So....Now that I am pretty much out of positive adjectives, I'm going to wrap this up by simply saying if you haven't yet made it to Etch, you are missing out on the best of the best in Nashville.

303 Demonbreun Street
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 522-0685
Etch on Urbanspoon

1 comment

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