SE Asian Crawfish in Nashville

August 7, 2010

V&V Seafood Market
4021 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211-4515
(615) 832-6214

Monday-Saturday: 11-9
Sunday: 12-8

SE Asian entrepreneurs have been spreading Cajun love and food in various American cities…and now in Nashville:

V&V Seafood Market occupies the old Las Chivas location on Nolensville.  It’s run by a family from Atlanta, that saw an opportunity to bring Gulf seafood to Nashville.  Needless to say, their plans were derailed due to the oil spill, and they’ve had no choice but to shift the balance of their business to the food-service aspect.  (This is not to say that they’re not selling seafood.  They offer everything from whole tilapia and shrimp to red snapper and frog legs.)  The menu is a melange of Vietnamese cuisine and Cajun seafood.

They’ve brightened the place up and given it a paint job.  The place is austere and manages to convey that it’s serious, a propos of its name, about seafood–particularly of the Cajun boil variety.  Besides the crawfish, they boil up blue crab and white shrimp–as well as snow crab leg and mussels.  All of the cajun boils are sold by the pound.  We had some of the crawfish, and it was tastefully prepared, with some of the spices coating the firetruck-red shells.  The crawdads were a good size, and the spices weren’t overpowering–subtly layered with different tastes of cayenne, pepper, onion, and garlic.  (The corn and potatoes that often goes in crawfish boils were not offered to us.)

We also had fried shrimp and tilapia po-boys.  Pickled thought the shrimp sandwich had a good balance between fried-goodness, fresh lettuce and tomoto, and sauces, while I found my tilapia sandwich a bit cumbersome.  The zigzagging lines of mayo and sauce were off-putting to me.  Nashville’s lack of bread varieties and quality has been a challenge for V&V.  After trying a number breads around town, they settled on baguettes from, believe it or not, Sam’s Club–which they claim to have the best texture.  We thought that V&V worked well with the bread–toasting and serving it at the right temperature.  But it proved a bit thick for our taste.

I had the Vietnamese iced milk coffee.  They did not use condensed milk, and the drink came out diluted and distastefully sweet.  This led to distrust in their pho, egg noodle soups, and home-made wonton soup.  We’ll be back for the seafood, and to give the soups a try.


2 Responses to “SE Asian Crawfish in Nashville”

  1. Lannae Says:

    That is too bad for the bread situation, as I choose not to partake in anything w*lmart or s*ms unless it is absolutely necessary. Years ago, I gave up my s*ms membership for 2 reasons, one personal, and one because all the grain, flour, cereal products I got from the Bellevue location had some sort of grain bugs in them, and these bugs took over my pantry within a couple weeks. My neighbors, who went to the same store around the same time and bought grain/flour products too, had the same bugs in the pantry situation. I had to throw out EVERYTHING not in a can or sealed jar. When I called the s*ms to tell them what happened, they couldn’t care less. The neighbors and I never went back to s*ms.

    Is this Las Chivas or Las Chivas III location?

    Do I really want to try this place?

  2. Lannae Says:

    Went here the other day with some friends of one of the owners at V&V. We got pho, crawfish, yellow crispy noodles, and chow fun. I got the crispy noodles which I like, but I would have liked more flavorful gravy. The pho seemed to be eaten and enjoyed. The mistake was getting the crawfish medium hot, and I am not a hot eater, so I sent it with my hot food eating friend. No one got sandwiches because I told them they get their bread at S*ms. I really liked the condiments. I like the noodles. I will likely go back and get the noodles again, but ask them to add chilis or other flavoring to the gravy.

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