Dinner Plans: Tsunami in Cooper Young

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 15th 2010 988 0

I can’t say I’ve never been to Tsunami in Cooper-Young before. I’m there at least once a month for roller derby meetings (owner Colleen Couch-Smith skates). I can say that until last night, I hadn’t had a meal there.

Tsunami is located in Cooper Young, a Midtown neighborhood that’s become  burgeoning restaurant district in the last few years. It’s become an intersection of international delights – within two blocks, you can eat Thai, Mexican, Irish, Japanese, Italian, French, low country and soul food.

Tsunami serves Pacific Rim cuisine, which means that the menu contains lot of seafood and Asian-inspired dishes. Every night, there’s a rotating list of “small plates”, which are slightly smaller meals that are less expensive than regular entrees. Don’t be fooled by the name, though – the small plates will easily fill you up.

I had the pan-seared salmon with a Portobello mushroom and bleu cheese.

Seared salmon small plate, Tsunami, Memphis, Tenn.

Seared salmon small plate, Tsunami, Memphis, Tenn.

The salmon was perfect in its simplicity – the only seasoning was some sea salt. The grilled mushroom was fresh and juicy, and though I can’t tell you what was in it, that sauce was amazing. Last night, there was also a menu of small side items, all less than $6. You can’t go wrong with the bacon-wrapped dates or Asian nachos.

Right now, Colleen and her husband, chef / co-owner Ben Smith are doing some work on the restaurant. They’re adding a bar and turning the banquet room into a lounge. Despite the dust, they’re still open for dinner nightly.

Go There:


928 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 274-2556

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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