Tansuo (The Gulch)

I went on the best possible night. Let's jump right into it.

 Stunning Entrance. 

Stunning Entrance. 

You definitely won't be seeing this on the side of the road. No way you pass it really. The road that could lead up to it is closed. So consider this a blessing in disguise. Tucked behind World Gym, you will find a collection of three restaurants all belonging to the same restaurant group (Morph Hospitality): Chauhan, Mockingbird and Tansuo.

 luv me sum dim sum

luv me sum dim sum

Now when I think of Asian I think of going on dates with my wife. For some reason, when we are trying to figure out a place to eat I always end up suggesting Asian. I guess that is what I'm constantly craving. Now get this, I have not been to another Asian place here in Nashville yet (so if you got suggestions, comment below!) so my post is strictly based on what I compare it to other places I have been around the country. First things first, this place is amazing.

 walkways looking real nice.

walkways looking real nice.

The history of Dim Sum is an old one. It originated from the Cantonese region. If you want to learn a bit about this unique cuisine (which I find fascinating) check out DCU (Dan's Culinary University) this coming Sunday. 

It has to be the family aspect of Dim Sum that makes it so appealing to me, and that's exactly why I love Tansuo. It incorporates all aspects of a culinary experience. From the decoration to the black and white movie playing in the banquet room. All are part of the experience. 

 more private dining area.

more private dining area.

Now I am going to omit all the details from the event that night. You see, I was able to go on Chinese New Years, and... they went all out. Lion Dancers, Silk Gymnasts, Live DJ and even a dancing panda adorned the evening. Service was amazing. All went well. But let's talk about the big detail. The Food.

 Golden Eggs

Golden Eggs

I want to start with these masterpieces. They call it Golden Eggs and I love them. Stuffed with Tofu and Shitake mushrooms, these things are an explosive of flavor. The sesame covered rice dough is literal perfection. 

Now the dim sum. I love the experience of it. Little bite sized bombs of flavor. My only issue: you never know if you're going to love it or hate it. I have yet to master the art of ordering dim sum. I kind of just go for it. One had a delicious flavor that I wanted to have over and over while the other one was just too heavy on the ginger (then again, I prefer things light in ginger). I guess this is more user error than anything. One thing I would recommend is to ask your server questions and perhaps ask what they think is the best. (I'll get to reading some more info on Dim Sum to get to know what I'm eating)

 General Tso's Chicken = Perfection

General Tso's Chicken = Perfection

General Tso would be proud. Well I guess not really him. You see this dish was crafted in the mid 20th century while General Tso himself (Zuo Zotang) was alive during the early 19th century. Either way, whoever came up with the dish (it's still debated today), would know that it has reached its peak. 

Tender. Juicy. Crispy. And most importantly of all, dark meat. It's the most delicious part of the chicken (sorry breast eaters). I would highly recommend that you order this dish. Make it priority #1. Thank me later.

 Beef Gai Lan

Beef Gai Lan

Now this dish I was not a huge fan of. I mean, it was there, but it lacked that Asian flair that we have grown accustomed to. The short rib was delicious but the flavors sort of took me out of the moment I was having with the General Tso's. The sauteed vegetables carried a lot of water that sort of diluted the flavor of the rest of the dish. Would advise against ordering this one.

 Poached Pear w/ Caramelized Ginger. 

Poached Pear w/ Caramelized Ginger. 

We had few options for dessert. I am a self proclaimed Ice Cream lover (if you know the best spots let me know below!), so I naturally ordered the spring rolled wrapped ice cream. The server at the time advised me to get the pear dish instead. I thought about it but stuck to my original choice. When the dessert came out, I was surprised to see the Pear come our along side of the Ice Cream. I asked if it was a mistake and the server said that it would be on the house. I took a bite of the Spring Roll Ice Cream, good - but nothing amazing. I then took a bit of the pear, topped it with some cream and walnut, and I fell in love. The soft texture of the pear went so well with the crunch of the walnut. I then took a small bit of the caramelized ginger (you know how I feel about ginger), took a bite and knew this dish was the one I should have chosen. 

When asked for Dessert. Pick. The. Pear!

 Spring Roll Ice Cream (honestly I forgot the name)

Spring Roll Ice Cream (honestly I forgot the name)

I truly enjoyed the feel and concept of this restaurant. It brings you in. It takes you away from the world where you came in from. Come in a busy night and you no longer feel like you are in Nashville. It feels as if someone led you down some stairs in a New York City Midtown Alley and introduced you to what Chinese cuisine should be like. Truly spectacular. Highly Recommend.

 Full Menu at the Bar if you want to skip the wait

Full Menu at the Bar if you want to skip the wait

Location: 121B 12th Avenue North - Nashville, TN 37203