Dining at Noma back in 2011 is a highlight of my dining experiences. When I found out in February that Noma alum Trevor Moran recently took over Nashville’s The Catbird Seat restaurant, I immediately tried to book a reservation. But not so fast! With only 20 bar seats surrounding the open kitchen, scoring a reservation was a challenge in itself. Similar to Noma, there is a strict reservation system that inspired me to schedule a calendar entry 30 days in advance of my visit. I woke up in the middle of the night to catch that slim window of opportunity when reservation opened for the date I wanted to dine at the restaurant. Within minutes, the place was fully booked. Making dinner reservation is serious business.
I have to admit ditching my teammates for a late night fancy dinner felt a little weird. The discreet entrance opened into a tiny vestibule with chair on one end and elevator on the other which led directly to the restaurant upstairs. The set up felt like a private club. I walked through the pink neon lit tunnel into the dining room and was immediately excited about the evening ahead. The U-shape bar surrounded the open kitchen with five chefs working on various courses of the tasting menu. My appetite for great food and my culinary curiosity would be equally satisfied.