Chef and proprietor Nina Singto opened Thai Esane in Brentwood in February. (Wendy Sturges/Neighborhood Impression Newspaper)
“It was a dream,” Tim mentioned. “Me and my spouse—we tried completely different careers in our lives, however cooking was it. She began out in King Market as a server, however she’s all the time been cooking at dwelling, and we’d have friends come over and say, ‘Wow, that is distinctive.’ After that, we knew we wished a restaurant.”
In 2014, with years of cooking and recipes below their belts—and with the assistance of their household, who additionally launched King Market, a grocery retailer and restaurant in Antioch—the Singtos opened Thai Esane. The eatery serves a mixture of Thai and Lao cuisines. The eatery’s first location is on Music Row, and one other location not too long ago opened at fifth & Broadway, a brand new meals corridor in downtown Nashville.
Nonetheless, the Singtos mentioned they’ve all the time wished to open a location in Brentwood, as a lot of their regulars work downtown however dwell in Brentwood. So when a location in Hill Middle Brentwood turned out there, they jumped on the likelihood, Nina mentioned.
“We wished to come back to Brentwood. I didn’t wish to go anyplace else,” Nina mentioned. “That is the ‘it’ spot right here. The primary week was chaotic, however I knew my meals was nice, and Brentwood welcomed us so effectively. They mentioned the meals was nice they usually’ll be again—I’ll take that each one day.”
Nina mentioned a lot of her clients gravitate towards extra generally identified dishes, equivalent to pad thai or Malaysian noodles. Nonetheless, she mentioned she hopes as clients return, they are going to be excited to attempt extra adventurous dishes, equivalent to pad phet, a curry dish with bell peppers, bamboo shoots and onion that may be personalized with completely different protein choices.
“Our curry is so hearty, and folks ask, ‘How do you do it?’” Tim mentioned. “It’s numerous labor that goes into it. We don’t do something canned, so far as sauces. Every thing is handmade.”
For diners who wish to push their palates, dishes will also be personalized with sauces and chili oil to make them “Nina scorching,” a time period Nina makes use of for flavors that meet her most well-liked degree of spiciness.
“‘Nina scorching’ is a spice degree that’s past. It’s loopy,” she mentioned. “I introduced it to Nashville, and that’s what I’m identified for. Our ‘medium’ is in all places else’s ‘scorching.’”
Thai Esane additionally features a full bar with wine, cocktails and plenty of native craft beers from the Nashville space. Because the climate begins to heat, Nina mentioned, she hopes the eatery’s massive patio will change into one other fashionable out of doors eating choice within the space.
Nina mentioned she has loved introducing diners to Thai meals and offering a brand new choice for foodies and transplants from different elements of the nation.
“Once we opened, I didn’t notice that there are such a lot of folks from out of city coming to Nashville to work,” she mentioned. “They love our meals and say they’ll’t discover Thai meals or something like that in Nashville. With our meals, we maintain the authenticity. I don’t Americanize it.”
203 Franklin Street, Brentwood
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Solar.