About a month ago (for St. Patrick’s Day), I got the opportunity to hang out in East Nashville with Haley and her coworker Jennifer. Instead of becoming inebriated on green beer like everyone else, I instead was looking forward to trying out a new restaurant on that side of town. While bar hopping with Haley and Jennifer, we happened to stumble across a restaurant that I saw a couple months earlier in passing: Batter’d & Fried. After a few quick searches on my phone, I decided that I would give this seafood restaurant a try because I rarely get a chance to dine on seafood and where else would you find fried seafood and sushi served under the same roof?
The full name of the restaurant is Batter’d & Fried Boston Seafood House and consists of two different areas: a separate bar and a separate sit down area. Within this building, the sushi is served under the label of Wave Sushi Bar but essentially it’s one restaurant and you have the ability to order from either menu. Inside you’ll find a dimly lit restaurant completely covered from ceiling to floor with Boston-related memorabilia (most of it being related to sports).
The Batter’d & Fried menu consists of three pages covering a wide assortment of various seafood and non-seafood dishes. For those of you wondering if it’s a place you can take someone who doesn’t like seafood, the answer is yes. For nearly every two seafood dishes (whether an appetizer, entree, or side) there is one non-seafood item. Traditional fried seafood fare dominates the battered and fried entrees but you can also get burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and grilled items. Since I wanted a wide assortment of food, my waiter suggested doing the “Pick Two” menu (pricing varies on selected items) and adding sushi (ranges from $5.49 to $34.99) to my order… That way, I get the best of what Batter’d & Fried has to offer. Ultimately I chose a piece of battered and fried North Atlantic cod and four pieces of coconut shrimp, slaw, fries ($11.98) and a “Green Goddess” specialty roll ($6.99).
On a steadily busy night full of fellow diners, I only had to wait about 10 minutes for my food to arrive. On one platter, my fried items arrived on a bed of decorative paper that resembled old newspaper along with 3 plastic ramekins. On the other plate was my “Green Goddess” sushi roll.
First we’ll start with the fried items. A lot of the complaints from past reviewers say that their entrees were full of grease and I think that is unfair to Batter’d & Fried. Obviously with fried foods, things are going to be oily because you fry foods in something called oil. Personally I think if you’re going to complain about how oily fried foods appear, then maybe you shouldn’t be eating fried food in the first place. If it bothers you, you should probably pat your food items down with a paper towel or napkin (just like you would at home).
In any case, the cod, shrimp, and fries came out with a golden brown color. The cod was delicate and flaky while the batter had a nice seasoning and crunch to it. I didn’t try any of the tartar sauce (I prefer malt vinegar on my fish), so I can’t comment on that. My absolute favorite of the fried items was the coconut shrimp. Breaded with shaved coconut and bread crumbs, the shrimp also had a nice flavorful crunch but a nice flavor of coconut. What made it even better though was the coconut cream sauce that accompanied it. I’m not sure how Batter’d & Fried makes it, but this sauce was more like “butter” with a sugary, creamy, coconut taste. It was so good… I even dipped my fries in it.
As for my “Green Goddess” sushi, I feel that this particular roll is under-priced and underrated. This roll rivals some of the rolls I’ve had at other restaurants. The ingredients are simple: real lump crab meat, avocado, cucumber, tempura batter, cilantro, green onions, and lime juice. Unlike other sushi places, I was surprised at the ample amount of crab meat present within the “Green Goddess.” Overall the roll was surprisingly refreshing.
I personally enjoyed my meal at Batter’d & Fried and I would gladly return to try some of their other seafood items. I thought the pricing was reasonable for the amount of food you get compared to other run-of-the-mill chain seafood restaurants. Most importantly though, the food I had was not only unique to Batter’d & Fried, but very delicious as well.
|Batter’d & Fried Boston Seafood House
1008 Woodland St.
Nashville, TN 37206
Bill Total: $22.75 (With Tax)