ETCH Restaurant – Nashville
Etch is a culinary delight, with dishes dreamily conjured up by a culinary genius- Chef Deb Paquette.
My very first visit to Etch was completely accidental. We overheard some conversation about Etch. When we came upon it on foot while exploring Nashville, and viewed the menu, wandering in seemed like the happiest accident. This is the type of dining establishment which can be booked anywhere from 2-4 weeks in advance- and is (unlike so many other impossible to get into places) so worth the hype! Let me share both my bar and dining experience at Etch:
The Bar at Etch
Leah and Amy were behind the bar tonight. The first time I dined here I sat and dined at the bar with Paul and Melia working their mixology magic. What’s funny is here we are in Nashville, a long way from Los Angeles where I was born and raised. Turns out that mixology expert Paul and I actually went to the same high school. Amazing, right?!
Mixology Cocktail- “All In Love Is Fair”
Hibiscus Syrup, Domain du Canton (a ginger liqueur with cognac), Vodka, Prosecco, Hibiscus Flower (there’s an actual flower in there), served in a champagne flute. I am not big on alcohol or sweet alcoholic beverages for that matter, but this one had a wonderful balance that made me want to sip every drop to eventually reveal the hibiscus flower in the bottom of the glass. Simply divine.
Mixology Cocktail- “Alley Cat”
Cathead Pecan Vodka, Cynar (artichoke liquor), Jack Rudy (Small Batch Grenadine) Lillet Rose wine. This too was a winner. Like I mentioned before, I am not an alcoholic beverage regular, but I am glad I decided to taste this one…. what a nice unexpected combination of flavors… and it was served in an old fashion style champagne glass. Delicious.
My next door neighbor (dining at the bar who works for the alcohol distributor for “Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon”- from “Branded Spirits”) ordered the “Mezcal” Mixology Cocktail called “Cheerful” with Los Amantes Mezcal, Deb’s Moroccan Spice Blend, Fresh Lime Juice, Pinch Of Salt, Orange peel. He said he absolutely loved his drink… I’ll have to trust him since I definitely did not need more alcohol, even just to sip!