Fun fact: Until it was hunted to extinction, the chopstick bird (archaeopteryx utensilasia) was the official state bird of Tennessee. Today’s Groupon lets Nashvillians feed themselves with its feathers: for $10, you get $20 worth of yummy Asian fare and drinks at Suzy Wong’s House of Yum—the newest restaurant from Arnold Myint, the owner of Music City mainstays PM and ChaChah. Located in the aorta of Nashville’s nightlife scene, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum is adjacent to several dance clubs. Suzy Wong’s also offers a weekly karaoke night on Mondays.
Suzy Wong’s menu offers an eclectic variety of Asian cuisine. In addition to Far East favorites such as sweet and sour chicken and lo mein ($9 each), Suzy Wong’s also serves unique items such as the Asian wonton nachos deluxe ($10), which stacks red curry, barbecue pork, sriracha, and queso blanco into some sort of “great wall” of flavor. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs, meanwhile, can submerge their heads into a yum bowl of lemongrass vegetable tofu stir-fry ($9). With a kitchen open until 4 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Suzy Wong’s also offers a late-night combination meal package of spring rolls, pot stickers, rice, and a choice of one of three entrees ($12).
The restaurant takes its name from the popular 1957 children’s book The World of Suzie Wong, which tells the story of a Western diplomat’s torrid romance with a Hong Kong "lady of the evening," and its décor is designed to spark a few torrid romances of its own. With three different seating areas—including an upper patio and a lower-patio lounge—veiled in atmospheric lighting and a dragon painting screaming across the ceiling of the main dining area, Suzy Wong’s gives patrons much to drink in before they even have a chance to peruse the restaurant’s extensive selection of cocktails. For those who prefer to do their drinking with their stomachs, knock back a specialty tipple like the Yazi Ginger Orange Ale (smoked ginger vodka, fresh orange, and ginger ale, $9) or the blackberry mojito (key lime rum, Korean blackberry soju, mint, and turbinado, $9).
- Kung pao green beans stir-fried in spicy oil and studded with crisp shallots, garlic and peanuts were the surprise star of the meal (though we would have preferred a lighter touch with the oil, which pooled at the bottom of the bowl). Chicken penang tossed in peanut sauce with rustic hunks of carrot, sweet potato, pink onion and red and green pepper balanced the spicy sting of red pepper with the soothing balm of coconut milk, without drowning the fresh vegetables and tender meat. – Carrington Fox, Nashville Scene
- If you like loaded nachos, the Suzy Wong style will appeal - wonton crisps layered with pulled pork, queso, edamame and red curry crema. For lighter fare, try the delicately crafted vegetable gyoza potstickers. Served with a simple soy dipping sauce, these creamy filled dumplings disappeared quickly at our table. The pork ribs, encrusted with five-spice powder, also won round approval, a toothsome crackle encasing moist meat. – Nancy Vienneau, The Tennessean
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Suzy Wong's House of Yum
Head chef and owner Arnold Myint applies his culinary aptitude at Suzy Wong's House of Yum by crafting flavorful Asian appetizers and bowls designed for sharing. As groups swap bites of pineapple red curry shrimp or wonton nachos in a 1,100-square-foot dining room, a stretched canvas emblazoned with a colorful dragon hovers overhead, much like a knight-in-training's to-slay list. Exposed brick walls provide a backdrop for plush candlelit benches and tables, which can be crowded with wine, sake, and specialty cocktails as diners participate in weekly karaoke nights. Two patios provide even more space for cavorting, the lower tier stretches across 300 square feet, and the upper level commands 840 square feet of floor space.