“Burnt Ends” Lettuce Wrap - beef belly, spiced honey glazed, pickles & Bibb lettuce
“Burnt Ends” Lettuce Wrap - beef belly, spiced honey glazed, pickles & Bibb lettuce

Noko

Noko, nestled in East Nashville, is a standout Asian-inspired, wood-fired restaurant that has quickly become one of the city’s most talked-about dining destinations. Executive Chef Dung “Junior” Vo skillfully merges new and old wood fire cooking techniques, infusing Asian twists into familiar proteins and indigenous vegetables.

Bluefin Tuna Crudo w/ a house made Smoked Truffle mustard soy
Bluefin Tuna Crudo w/ a house made Smoked Truffle mustard soy

The restaurant’s menu is a delightful mix of creativity and tradition, offering dishes like Wagyu Brisket with an Asian spice rub, Smoked Gochujang Hot Wings, and a variety of crudos, tartares, and fire-grilled seafood​​.

Wagyu Tartare - sesame aioli, kizami, toasted nori, rice, chives
Wagyu Tartare – sesame aioli, kizami, toasted nori, rice, chives

The interior design of Noko, inspired by a Japanese farmhouse, complements the culinary experience with a peaceful ambiance, including a small Japanese zen garden near the bathrooms​​. Recently, Noko expanded its offerings to include brunch, introducing a range of fresh, savory, and sweet options, such as the Avocado Toast with a wood-fired twist, Hamachi Crudo, Tuna Crispy Rice, and the Noko All-Star Breakfast. For those with a sweet tooth, desserts like Coconut Cake with wood charred pineapple are on the menu​​.

Noko’s approach to seasonal menu changes ensures that diners will always find something new and exciting to try, while also having the chance to enjoy their favorite dishes across visits​​. This blend of innovation, tradition, and community engagement has positioned Noko as a must-visit culinary destination in Nashville.

NOKO

701 Porter Rd
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 712-6894

MENU

Tuesday – Thursday 5p – 9p
Friday – Saturday 5p – 10p
Sunday: 11a – 2:30p, 5p – 9p
Monday Closed

About Michael Castello

Michael is a singer/songwriter, producer, director, engineer and owner of Nashville.com. Michael has been in the music and film industry for 40 years and learned songwriting from Tin Pan Alley great Lou Stallman.

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