You may feed your mouth on a semi-regular basis, but don't neglect to nourish your eyes, the mouths of you mind. With today's Groupon, feast on scrumptious fare while mind-gobbling a view of the Nashville skyline. For $15, you get $30 worth of bistro cuisine and beverages at Allium Café and Bar in East Nashville. Reservations are recommended, with 30-minute call-ahead seating available when the restaurant isn't fully booked.
The menu is deliberate and charming, like a frog prince on a mission to save FernGully. Pop in for a quick lunchtime bite. The midday menu features an array of salads, sandwiches, and easy entrees. Grab a warm trout salad (over spinach with beluga lentils and a walnut vinaigrette, $11), raspberry pork loin ($9) or char-grilled burger ($8). Upon meal completion, turn to your lunching mates and give them a heartfelt fist pound in celebration of your dinner-quality lunch.
A well-mannered staff hustles and bustles around the restaurant's modernly inviting atmosphere. Through the transparent windows, you can see the stunning Nashville skyline jutting towards the goose flocks that migrate to Orlando in June. When Mechagodzilla attacks central Tennessee, pull up a chair at Allium for front row seats. While your eyes soak in the view, order up a few rounds from the fully stocked bar, including an impressive wine lineup. If lunch masquerading as dinner isn't your cup of tea, go for the real deal with Alliumn's superb supper selections. Start with potato gnocchi in bacon-pear cream sauce ($7) or escargot in a puff pastry ($9). Slip a Croque Monsieur sandwich (brioche, black-forest ham, gruyère, and mornay, $11) into your deserving hands, or fork-feed yourself plum duck breast ($22) or the popular steak frites with peppercorn demi-glace ($19).
Allium also offers an extensive Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring in the whole family for a group reading of the Sunday paper electronics-store coupons over starters, sandwiches, and a variety of egg dishes like eggs Florentine ($10) or shrimp Benedict ($10).
- …Allium is a restaurant run by pros, with deliberately crafted food delivered by well-trained and courteous staff.…Steak frites delivered perhaps the best value and most satisfying meal, with slices of saignant beef in a rich peppercorn demi-glace and a pile of perfectly crisp fries for $14. – Carrington Fox, Nashville Scene
- …the real standout is the delicious potato gnocchi, served with an amazing bacon-pear cream sauce that is likely to make you ask for seconds. – City Paper