"Vui's Kitchen's Germantown location serves traditional Vietnamese favorites, including its pho noodle soup, signature banh mi sandwich, rice and noodle bowls, and salads. It is part of a partnership between the Vietnamese restaurant's owners and Fresh Hospitality, which also includes I Love Juice Bar."
The news is out! We're growing and will be expanding to our second location in Germantown!
We'll be taking over the former Cochon Butcher space and can't wait for everyone to see what we have planned for our second spot.
Nashville is a place full of talent, and there's no lack of it in the kitchens these days. Style Blueprint pulled together a list of women whose top-notch talent is undeniable and we're excited to share that our own Vui was included!
Former gigs: Owner and Chef, Veggieland; Marketing Team, Whole Foods Market
Years in the business: 21
Extra credit: Vui was born in Vietnam, and Vui’s Kitchen is an extension of her Vietnamese family traditions.
How do you find balance in running these two businesses and maintaining your family life?
“There is no balance; perfect doesn’t have to be perfect. When John and I first started our family and the business, I asked my mom to come down from Chicago and help. She said okay, but that it would be a few months before she could come down to Nashville. That didn’t work for us. So I drove 10 hours to go get her and bring her back to Nashville just so we could have an extra set of hands and help.
“John is also super hands-on. He is a wonderful communicator, far better than me. I think our teamwork and ability to rely on one another is what makes it work. We are a team, we work as a team. That’s how we keep a balance.”
People travel from all over the world to enjoy Nashville, and there's plenty of good food you would come to expect from the Country Music Capital of the World; however, Nashville's healthy cuisine game is strong. Very strong, in fact. Vui's is honored to be included in Shape magazine's roundup of healthy eats in Nashville.
In their continuing effort to honor the hearts and souls of Nashville's kitchens, Edible Nashville recently sat down with Vui Hunt to discuss her path to the United States and her mother's famous Shrimp Pad Thai recipe.
A little background on the project:
The ongoing Dirty Pages Exhibit assembled by Jennifer Justus, Erin Byers Murray, and Cindy Wall preserves the heart and soul of our kitchens.
The best recipes are the ones dusted with cocoa powder and ringed with wine stains, evidence not only of time-tested dishes, but of the presence of those who have lovingly prepared them.
The quote has inspired its own exhibit, Dirty Pages—a celebration of handed down recipes. Oh, if these recipes could talk.
The original Dirty Pages exhibit, which debuted at the Nashville Farmers’ Market in 2015, now lives at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. A second version, “Dirty Pages: 10 Roads to Nashville,” is on display at Casa Azafran, a multicultural community center on Nolensville Pike.
The Tennessean stopped by for a chat with Vui and John Hunt to discuss healthy, vibrant living and their growing empire of positively-inspired eateries. In addition to Vui's Kitchen in Nashville, the couple also owns 40 Juice Bar locations and City Silo in Memphis.
While Nashville hasn't always been the epicenter of cultural diversity, it is quickly becoming a reflection of just that -- and the rapidly expanding food culture in Music City is the boldest example. From Indian to Korean, Lebanese to Vietnamese, the landscape of Nashville's restaurant scene is expanding and The Tennesseean's Nancy Vinneau wanted to celebrate that.
For her "Best of 2016: Nashville's standout restaurant reviews," she intentionally chose meals and restaurants that would bring folks somewhere new; somewhere outside of the norm that offered food both different yet still comforting.
We were thrilled to be included in her roundup, alongside so many other great Nashville spots.
Want to head out on a culinary adventure that will bring you nuance and comfort?
If we agree with The Tennessean on one thing, it's this: avocados make everything better! From adding them to a smoothie, to using them as the foundation of your favorite dip, avocados are both flavorful and healthful and we just love 'em for it.
Fortunately for us (and for you!) we have a delicious beverage that is sure to satisfy your avocado desires: the Avocado Shake.
Haven't tried it yet? Maybe this will peak your interest
Thanks to The Tennesseean for the amazing review!
As a restaurant that technically falls under the "fast casual" category, we were both excited and humbled to be included in a roundup in which we're joined by some of Nashville's finest dining experiences!
Thrillist recently published a roundup of "Nashville's Best New Restaurants of 2016" and we were elated to be included; even more so to be included in the midst of some of Music City's most talented chefs.
Sure, we may be a physically small restaurant, but our menu and our staff make us mighty! We're just over the moon that Thrillest thinks so, too -- and chose to put us in the ring with such notable culinary talent.
It's an honor to be included and now we can't wait to go try out every spot on Thrillist's list! Want to see what other restaurants they chose?
On this fun live TV cooking segment the one and only Vui Hunt demonstrated how to make my delicious summer rolls. Lucky for Vui's Kitchen fans, we're offering a how-to guide below!
- Wet the rice paper in warm water.
- Place the rice paper on a dry surface and start to add ingredients - romaine, garlic, chives, fresh mint, arugula, shrimp, you name it!
- Once you finish adding toppings, start to fold the rice paper like a burrito and fold the edges like an envelope. Remember, you want to make sure you roll the rice paper tightly so none of the fresh and delicious ingredients fall out.
- Once you have wrapped all your tasty summer rolls, enjoy it with a traditional and easy hoisin dipping sauce. Combine hoisin sauce, Sriarcha, rice vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl and whisk the ingredients together. Feel free to top this sauce with some crushed peanuts
- Dig in and enjoy!
After only opening Vui's 6 months ago (wow, time really does fly!), Vui feels so honored to be selected for Styleblueprint's, FACES of Nashville series.
It was such a blast connecting with the SB team at Vui's Kitchen and we're so grateful that they chose to honor our own, amazing Vui in this series!
Thank you, Style Blueprint!
As a restaurant that still more or less falls under the label of 'new kids on the block,' we weren't necessarily expecting to win a whole lot of awards this year.
Heck, we've only been open for a grand total of 5 months!
Over at Vui's Kitchen we were still just trying to make sure the menu is right, figuring out how much bone broth we ought to make each day, and making final choices to our beer list!
But when we got word from the Nashville Scene that Vui's Kitchen won the award for "Best Vietnamese" in both the Reader's Choice AND the Writer's Choice categories, we were absolutely floored!
It feels so incredible to know that, even after being open for what seems like such a short period of time -- time flies when you're having fun, you know? -- that we've managed to make such an impression on you, Nashville. All we can hope for now is that we continue to impress and what's more, improve upon what we've already got!
Thank you, to all of you who have supported Vui's, who have told your friends about us, and especially for voting for us in BON! We're truly grateful.
We loved to see our name in the top 12 best vegetarian meals in Nashville, according to The Tennessean! Although we are not a vegetarian restaurant, carnivores have no fear, we do offer a wide array of vegetarian options.
Other can't miss vegetarian dishes include the lemongrass tofu bánh mí sandwich, the vegan pho with delicious oyster mushrooms, or the summer rolls loaded with fresh herbs and vegetables. Any dish you eat here will be bursting with flavor!
At Vui's Kitchen we believe wholeheartedly in transparency. That's why our kitchen is in the middle of the restaurant in plain view to our guests; that's why we assure you that there's no funny business with what goes into our food; and that's why Vui did a Q&A with The Tennesseean!
Because sure, you want to know what goes into your food but it's also a little bit comforting to know who makes it!
We believe you should always feel confident about the food you're putting into your body, and hopefully after getting to know chef Vui a little better you'll never have a doubt when eating at Vui's Kitchen!
Psst - Vui also shares her recipe for The PB&J Smoothie she invented for Juice Bar!
The Nashville Scene writer, Lesley Lassiter, interviewed Vui Hunt to discuss how she developed the idea for Vui's Kitchen. After marrying her husband, John Hunt, Vui relocated from Atlanta to Nashville, and together they started Juice Bar. Three short years later, Vui has now created a restaurant that truly reflects her passion: to create and bring fresh and healthy Vietnamese food from her childhood to everyone.
Now, for the fun part, lets get to know our chef, Vui Hunt a little bit better!
Thanks Lesley for giving everyone a behind the scenes look at our wonderful chef, Vui.
We were so excited to see how much The Tennessean loved Vui's Kitchen's menu selection! We spent countless hours crafting the perfect menu to highlight delicious, fresh, and authentic Vietnamese food.
Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian, our we offer something fresh and healthy for all of our guests. Try our classic banh mi sandwich or lotus root salad for a quick lunch, or dive into a bowl of shrimp pho or rice noodle bowl for a satisfying dinner.
We loved having the Nashville Business Journal stop by and take some photos of Vui's Kitchen recently. There's nothing more gratifying than seeing beautiful photos of the space we created published online for all to see! Thank you to the NBJ for making us look so good!