Far East Nashville
Like a crazy-eyed, brick-toting ex-girlfriend, Far East’s menu may be a bit on the small side but still packs quite a punch. Each dish infuses French influences with Vietnam’s traditional eats. For starters, try the salt and pepper fried squid on lettuce ($6.50), or dive into a bowl of pho, a beef noodle soup with flank and sirloin ($8.75). Entrees include options such as the pan-fried green-onion tilapia ($9.50), satay beef with green onion and mushroom ($9.50), coconut curry chicken with Yukon potato ($9), and fish-sauce-grilled eggplant with mushroom, onion, and bamboo ($9). Most dishes can be made spicy, and several can be made with tofu for veggie-friendly options. Far East also offers several wine and beer options, but few tipples go as well with a steaming bowl of pho as a soda chan (house-made limeade with soda water, $2.50) or a slow-dripped Vietnamese iced coffee ($2.95).