207 Third Ave N, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720136.164634 -86.778025
Has This Place Closed? – The reviews of this place intrigued me and I was excited to try it. I tried calling several times last week to make a reservation for dinner this past weekend and never got an answer or an answering service. So, yesterday evening (a Monday), my boyfriend and I decided we'd just show up and see if we could get a table. The entrance on Printers Alley was locked so we walked around to the 3rd Street entrance and it was locked as well. I tried using the call button, but it appeared to be disconnected as we got no response. How disappointing!! Anyone know if this restaurant has closed?
the best food in Nashville – Parco style cafe is my favorite place to eat in Nashville. It can be a little pricey but if you go at lunch the price is less. Try the veggie burger, it's what they're known for and there is a reason. I worked at Parco's briefly as a summer job and Mr & Mrs. Fu are both great! Chef Fu always made sure the quality of the food from prep to presentation was perfect. The grouper is to die for and the pork tenderloin is....perfect, the balance of flavor and texture as well as presentation is flawless. Chef Fu is very talented and his fusion of asian cuisine and classic french cuisine is a winning combination. Save room for dessert no matter what. Try one of the coffee siphons and watch while it is being made it's not your regular cup of joe by any means.
Once you pass thirty, there is still a reason to go to Printer's Alley – I will be back and will bring friends. The food is exquisite, original, and fresh. I went early (~5:30) on Friday and the vibe is about as disjointed as you could expect for a 4 star restaurant in a basement on Printer's Alley. Plus, I ate at the bar. In between tasteful jazz numbers on the sound system you could hear someone trying to sing country music at the empty wannabe bar next door, but these moments were mercifully brief. Both the waiter and waitress tonight were exceptional until they got behind the bar (the bartender had not arrived yet). When the bartender arrived, I found she was fairly cocktail competent, but did not know pate from peter pan. This was 2 hours before a concert, and I did throughly enjoy the experience.
Did I mention that the food is incredible? I had an artichoke heart appetizer which appeared to be stuffed with crabcake, served on a bed of greens laced with a dressing/sauce which highly complemented the artichokes. This was followed by a dish they named Galette which consists of grouper and roughy chunks arranged around a mound of crispy hash browned purple potatoes. The entire sizzling entre is covered with fresh greens which are laced with, again, a dressing/sauce which compliments the fish. The whole dish ties together exceptionally and I think I left a couple of leaves just to be polite.
Back to the espresso machine, they serve a very cuppable blend in an oversized 4 or 5 ounce cup which is the perfect size to add a shot of Bailey's for the ultimate pre-concert cappuccino. If you are a fanatic, you might ask the bartender to let you tamp it yourself. She may weigh 80 lbs soaking wet, and I doubt she got a 30lb tamp on the coffee. She did invite me back to a birthday party they are hosting later but I have to catch a plane in the morning.
All in all, this appears to be a little-known gem in an improbable location which is unlikely to be overrun by tourists. I may have to become a regular.
AMAZING! BEST FOOD FOUND IN NASHVILLE SO FAR!! – Visiting the area we stumbled across the review and felt drawn to it...we felt hesitant walking in due to the darkness and not typical style we were used to for an "upscale" "highly rated" restaurant. We sat and there was one other table full....another thing we felt nervous about. Our nerves were put to ease almost immediately by Mrs. Fu and our wonderful waitress Quinn. Quinn described the food in such a way that you could almost taste it...she sells it and sells it well and for GOOD REASON! The food was so incredible I couldn't wait until I moved down here to go again and share it with anyone I could! The seafood curry soup with the puff pastry was absolutely incredible and I crave it every day! The wonton soup was equally as delicious as well as the gyoza..simply wonderful. The entrees were prepared with special attention to fresh ingredients and amazing sauces and Mrs. Fu made the experience incredible. Go on Friday for personal attention...Saturday tends to be busier. But it is a MUST! Do not be put off by location or appearance. Also, make sure you save room for dessert (its hard but you HAVE TO!!)
no joke, the best food i have ever put in my mouth! and i know food! – I want to share a Nashville secret for the best restaurant in the city, trust me go and try anything, from the avacado salad to the oyster app or the pork chop dish, its all amazing. and my roommate loves the desserts. go. relax. sip wine. and taste great food. later q.
Great Food!! Friendly Service. – First let me say that I absolutely LOVE this restaurant!! I first read about Parco in the Nashville Scene and was intrigued. I love independent restaurants and the article was positive. My wife and I have since been back to eat 3 times in the last 3 months and each has been better than the last. This is also the best bargain for great food we have found. The most expensive entree is $25, appetizers are $8 to $10 and desserts average about $5. I don't drink, but they have a full bar and a pretty good wine list (used to drink).
To date we have had the following dishes:
appetizer - Mango, Ahi Tuna, and Avacado salad - This ROCKS!!
Main Courses -
Grouper in Champagne cream sauce, Sesame Crusted Grouper, Lamb Chops, Seafood (grouper, squid, scallops, and possibly more) in a white curry sauce, pan fried chicken, and the pan sauteed duck breast (special on New Year's)
Desserts - orange cake w/ chocolate icing, strawberry / banana crepe, and a pineapple / ginger custard kind of thing (it was possibly the best). Definitely NOT Sysco desserts repackaged.
All of the food is cooked to order so there is somewhat of a wait for your food, but this is afterall a French styled Asian fusion restaurant and it should be expected. They are rarely packed by typical restaurant standards (8 - 10 tables full out of about 30) and according to them that is by design. We were told they don't want to sacrifice the quality of the food so they purposely spread reservations over the course of the evening.
We have not been disappointed by anything in this restaurant. Mrs. Fu comes around to check on you often and asks about your order and the wait staff is very courteous. I don't know about any "smell" that some other reviewers have talked about, but it was NOT present on the 3 occasions that we have been there.
Needless to say I highly recommend this restaurant. Thank you Mr and Mrs Fu!
BTW - you have to try the Vietnamese Coffee - a great meal ender!!
Something this good in Nashville? – Our party of 10 really had a world class meal at Parco Cafe. We had diners from all over the country, including several from the dining-savvy Bay Area. Everyone agreed that it was one of the best meals we've ever had. We went on a Monday, and it the restaurant was nearly empty. This was good, because chef Fu was the only person in the kitchen. If you want a fast meal or visit on a busier night, this would be a big problem. But he ably prepared apps, entrees, and desserts for all of us. It felt like a private dinner party because we knew he was cooking each dish specially for the person who ordered it.
The consensus favorite at the table was the rock salt shrimp. The sesame crusted grouper also got rave reviews. Outstanding specials that night included duck, bouillabaisse, and fried oysters in homemade shrimp chips. The desserts were all outstanding, and several people ordered servings to go after they finished what was at the table.
Delightful – I have been a customer of Mr. & Mrs. Fu since the very early days at the Farmer's Market. They are absolutely delightful and Mr. Fu's Chef skills constantly amaze me. The quality of the food is second to none. I have tried nearly every dish he prepares and can honestly say I've never been disappointed. Mrs. Fu is sweet, kind, and attentive. They truly care about their customers. Everything is created and served lovingly. I was also quite surprised by a some of the mean spirited reviews on this site and agree that the wonderfully created desserts do not come from a food outlet. Everything is made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. If you are looking for a relaxing dinner this is the place. Sit back, have a glass of wine and let your taste buds be delighted. Reservations are recommended. If you want something fast go to Micky D's.
Sensational tastes – I have been a customer of Parco Cafe for years prior to this location during their time at the Farmer's Market and the obvious emphasis of Chef Fu's work is, consistently, quality and originality.
Most recently, I had the Rock Salt Shrimp (and a VERY generous portion, I'll add), and I'm honestly not a fan of salt. At all. This dish, however, used the salt as both a cooking tool and a method to infuse the shrimp with a truly unique flavor. I can't say enough good things about this dish.
As an appetizer, a truly original Ravioli with a marscapone cheese and shrimp was something I've never experienced and have told anyone who'll listen to order it and experience it for themselves.
The service: the gentleman waiting on us was prompt and very friendly and Mrs. Fu is a kind and gentle person who legitimately cares about her clientele.
I had a Passionfruit Truffle after our meal and was truly blissed out. Lovingly created.
I was more than a little surprised by a couple of the mean spirited and wildly inaccurate reviews on this site; I'm not sure, frankly, that they haven't been posted by competitors. The suggestion that the painstakingly created desserts available at Parco Cafe may have been acquired at a food supply outlet is not only incorrect, but may be a warning sign of early dementia. Shame on you guys. Honestly - Santa's watching.
Best Chef in the World!!! – On my first visit to Nashville (around 1998), my best friend took me to experience a treasure she had found. A tiny cafe in the middle of Farmers' Market called Parco Cafe. She kept raving about it and I wondered how anything could be that good. After my first lunch there, I was an instant fan of Mr Fu's artistry and preparation of food and Mrs Fu's sweet and gentle nature. It became a ritual for my friend and I to spend a Saturday letting Mr Fu delight our tastebuds and to have great conversation with both. We just fell in love with them! I moved to Nashville in 2001 and lived here for a year and went to see the Fu's as often as possible. We met people from all over Tennessee that regularly traveled some distances on a Saturday or Sunday to eat at Parco Cafe and share in the kindness of the Fu's. The drawback at the Farmers' Market was not on us, but on the Fu's. The kitchen was so small; I was amazed at how they served so many, so well.
Now, they are in a new location in the historic Printers' Alley and Mr Fu has a large kitchen to make even more culinary delights and, boy, does he! I'm back in Nashville for another visit after three long years and my friend and I had dinner at the new Parco Cafe location on Wednesday night and...WOW...WOW...WOW! Everything we had was absolutely delicious, scrumptious, fabulous!!! I could name everything we had, but...why bother. No matter if it is fish, seafood, pork or lamb.....he is a genius with all. I will say that if you like mushrooms, you have to try the Fried Black Mushroom salad. Oh my gosh...it is wonderful!!! Even if you don't like mushrooms, you will probably like it anyway. And...what can I say about his desserts....they are beautifully presented, melt in your mouth and bursting with flavor!
This is not a place to go for a quick meal. It is a Dining Experience that you will long remember. Treat yourself to an evening with Mr and Mrs Fu. Sit back, relax and let your tastebuds rejoice! I never want it to end!
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