The best food in Nashville, a gem!.
Parco cafe is a gem found in Printer's Alley. It's NY style entrance steps down into the front of the restaurant and paired with its charm, ambiance, and romantic lighting, it makes one intimate environment. The menu is a one-of-a-kind Asian French fusian with nothing short of unique taste. I highly recommend the lamb chops (we buy out their entire stock everytime), cooked with a wonderful blend of seasonings with crispy edges. The French onion soup is the best in Nashville, and always served hot! My favorite is the mango tuna salad which is to die for! It's made of sushi grade ahi tuna, chopped avocado, chopped mango (fresh by the way) and with a spicy-ish sauce...all of us order one each as an appetizer! The eggplant stuffed grouper is divine...but do not forget to save room for dessert! Mr. Fu is a French pastry chef who knows how to tease your stomach! All desserts are fresh and hard to pick from: banana-strawberry crepes (my favorite, another item we buy out), truffle cheesecake, fruit tart (looks directly out of a magazine!), plum tart, and tiramisu.
Mr. and Mrs. Fu are the owners and Mr. Fu is the only chef, so all food is prepared and cooked to perfection with a freshness that most restaurants have lost. They highly request reservations, and expect to make dinner an event! Food takes longer here as it is cooked fresh...the food experience is well worth the taste! Mrs. Fu will go out of her way to make all guests feel like family and she will dote on you! Ask for John, he's a server full of energy and charisma...don't be afraid to tell him to quiet down, he's from Jersey and is a delight!
This is our favorite restaurant, and have never had a problem or food under perfect quality. Once you try this restaurant, you'll be hooked like us...we go every week! Perfect location for an impressive dinner, and romantic evening!
No longer open for lunch is what we were told! More attention to dinner!
gross smell. ok food was late and nasty. they have such a strong smell but, of course its in a basement for god sake sit is nasty nasty. the dessert is order from Sysco and its not where near freshly made. He just decorates the dessert what a joke!
an evening dinner downtown. Last saturday my husband and i went for a romantic, quiet dinner. We were seated promptly by our delightful server and enjoyed a glass of pinot while waiting for our appetizers. Our bacon wrapped scallops and crab cakes arrived on a timely manner. (i would highly recommend trying the crabcakes, a smaller portion but well worth it!) During our evening it was obvious that several tables without reservations arrived unexpectedly which seemed to cause a bit of a delay for our entree's. My husband scarfed down a grouper stuffed with eggplant atop a delicous currey sauce, and i was pleasantly surprised by the tenderness of my chicken wrapped prosciutto with blue cheese. We opted to take dessert home with us as a few large tables came in. (Chocolate truffle cheesecake and plum tart- both of which were decadent.) Our experience was a delight and we were encouraged by Mrs. Fu to call in advance to make reservations and to park at the library or courthouse for cheaper parking as we were walked out the back entrance (to 3rd Ave).
Don't waste your money.
We went on a non-crowded Saturday night (3 other tables). Didn't receive our 1st course for over an hour, and then had the next two rushed on us in less than 25 minutes. I had a snapper special which was decent, and my wife had the "jumbo rock shrimp" which she read about in the Tennessean. 6 small, rubbery shrimp arrived, which ONLY tasted of salt. The shrimp flavor definitely took a back seat to the salt. Desert was good, although when I ordered something they were out of, I was told they might have more "frozen in the back." So they are definitely not made that day by the purportedly amazing French pastry chef. I would have been okay paying $40 for the meal, not $80 with no alcohol. Not the gem it's supposed to be.
Decor is very weird, and it smells like somebody's musty basement. Because it's in a musty basement.
Fine Art for the Tastebuds. Formerly located @ Farmer's Market, Parco Cafe has raised the bar of creative food excellence at this new location. Save room for dessert.
Classic French cooking gets a creative Asian twist at this Printer's Alley gem..
The basement setting for this restaurant creates an intimate atmosphere, with exposed brick walls and formal white tablecloths. Downtown workers gather for lunch, but those celebrating at night enjoy a slower pace. Chef Chun Fu combines his classical French training with his Asian roots in a fusion menu that includes rock salt shrimp, confit duck and marinated pork chops. Lunchtime favorites also include American staples like veggie burger and vegetarian ham.
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