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2317 12th Ave. S. (Elmwood Ave.) Send to Phone
Landlocked Nashville has a delightful link to the sea after all.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Fish & Co. Restaurant Review

: It all starts with the selection of oysters at the raw bar: Texas, Prince Edward Island, Long Island and Chesapeake Bay are all represented. Digging deeper, you’ll find a sandwich board featuring an oyster BLT and basket of fried fish fingers, shrimp and oysters. You can also choose from several fresh catches grilled simply with olive oil, lemon juice and vermouth. The wine list is very well compiled, particularly the section for white wines. For dessert, save room for the chocolate peanut butter tart.

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Fish & Co. - little engine but could
by nashnosh on Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:53 am
In the move from the Adelicia building to the 12 South neighborhood (restaurant suicide?) Chef Osteen seems to be fumbling to figure out who he wants to be in Nashville.

A vastly pared-down menu at the new location really doesn't offer the breadth of seafood items one would expect of a place like this. Things are hit and miss, with more misses.

A companion and I visited Fish & Co. last week. I ordered the rainbow trout special and my companion ordered fried shrimp. I started with a wedge salad. At $8 the iceberg wedge is way overpriced. It promises goodies such as Benton's bacon (served flaccid, not crisp, and precious little quarter-inch dice), oven-roasted tomatoes (sickly sweet), and croutons (3 in sight, straight from the box). Caveat emptor certainly applies here - I shouldn't have paid $8 for any house salad, but we were trying to use up a gift card.

My trout was oddly bland and a little overcooked but improved markedly with table salt. Having recently had the trout at F. Scott's I know what it is to eat the trout, skin and all, thanks to perfectly crisped skin and tender fish.

I chose a side of the duck fat potatoes, which ended up having none of the richness one would expect, though they were served hot. The shrimp order was quite good, with light breading and excellent shrimp beneath.

My companion's sides were just plain odd. A "slaw" is an unmanageable tangle of long, thin multicolor peppers slices in a tiny dish. We're due for some interpretations of the slaw so dear to the South; this is just not it. This appeared with bland mashed potatoes (described by our server as "potatoes just gooey with butter and cream"). Don't bother. Bacon and scallion hushpuppies rounding out the shrimp order displayed neither bacon nor scallion, and were so dense as to resemble stale bread slightly moistened.

The one standout in our meal was the dessert. The "Jack Daniels Banana Pudding" is an inspiration. Beneath a perfectly caramelized sugar crackle one finds an exquisite spiked banana pudding tasting of very fresh but not overripe bananas.

Service is worth mentioning. We had a perfectly fine if very nervous waiter. He tried hard. I did observe a funny but inappropriate event at another table. A diner ordered wine for the table, and found his glass to have an odd, soapy fragrance. He asked that glasses be replaced. The server lifted his glass to his nose as if to need confirmation of the diner's assertion. Big mistake - but it gets worse. No less than five people - from the server to the house manager - sniffed all four glasses, in plain sight of these guests and pretty much the rest of the house. Glasses were replaced but not without delay and this silliness.

Responding to reviews of slow service the house seems to be trying to speed up delivery, and succeeds, though plates and glasses are whisked away too soon at the other end of the meal.

Two entrees, one salad, two glasses of wine and a split dessert came to $80 and change.

There is no self-parking in the restaurant lot. The valet will use patron cars to barricade the lot when it is full. On-street parking nearby is available but very much at a premium.

Will Chef Osteen find his muse in Nashville? Remains to be seen. The house has a feel to it as if it wants to be a nice little neighborhood bistro with seafood emphasis. One leaves wishing for success for the little cafe. It needs a strong professional presence to make this happen.
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