Sunday, December 8, 2013

First Look: the New Lucky Bamboo

There's been plenty of buzz about the re-opening of the Lucky Bamboo Chinese restaurant at 5855 Charlotte Pike (next to K and S Market). The room is the same, with the peaceful koi pond in the middle, plenty of booths and large tables. What has changed is the management and the menu. Owner Jack Ting says he heard about the space being available at a reasonable rent and he decided to take the plunge. Ting runs the Chinatown Restaurant in Green Hills. Lucky Bamboo has only been open for 7 days and Ting is keeping a close eye on the progress.

The menu is Sichuan and Cantonese. That means plenty of spicy items like the glistening red chile paste broth of the Sichuan Soupy Style Tofu. It's actually served at a fair level of heat in the standard order. It will be interesting to see how spicy they can go. There are plenty of vegetable and tofu options, but you'll need to ask questions about the broths for some dishes. They do have a specific vegetarian hot and sour soup, egg roll and other items.

The menu has chef recommendations including Chongqing Spicy Chicken, Five Spiced Roast Duck, Honey Walnut Shrimp and Braised Pork Belly with Pickled Mustard Greens.

Cumin Spare Ribs were a nice twist from the usual Nashville standards. You'll find plenty of favorites is you enjoy Americanized Chinese and enough interesting twists to explore more authentic cuisine. They are serving up a popular hot pot that many families had brewing on the table during our Saturday lunch visit. They plan to offer dim sum service in a few weeks and eventually Ting says they will have a noodle bar.

Here's hoping the best for the re-opening. We'll be back in a few weeks for a review.

Lucky Bamboo
5855 Charlotte Pike


Anonymous said...

Hey folks, Lets hope your experience was better than Val and myself. The food was just so mediocre: soup buns and dumplings were flavorless meat balls, and the meat in the chongqing chicken was the size of peas making the hunt infuriating. The hot pot sounds OK but I'd opt for a pho right across the parking lot. I really really hope things improve.

mike n val

Vol State said...

Yeah, I'd give it some time to settle in and visit again Mike. I think there is potential, but they are clearly getting people trained in all facets of the organization.