Aura World Fusion Cuisine: The Week's Dining Review

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Grouper and scallops from Aura
In this week's Dining column, Scene restaurant critic Carrington Fox visits Aura, which opened in October in the quirky, high-profile space on Division Street that formerly housed the original incarnation of Virago, among other restaurants.

"Aura" is the operative word, Fox writes:

"There is indeed an aura of creativity about the menu, which blends the Louisiana-laced culinary perspective of executive sous chef Kevin Marron with the Asian-African-Mediterranean preferences of managing partner Igwonobe, a veteran of Mère Bulles and Merchants and founder of the bygone Quails in Brentwood."

Fox found a lot to like on Aura's eclectic menu, especially the duo of grouper and diver scallops plated with edamame basmati rice and Thai vinaigrette. "With two plump buttery disks the size of cupcake bottoms and a cut of golden seared fish, the $26 entrée delivered uncommon value and quality."

There were other aspects, she said, that could use improvement, that "don't match up with the obvious energy and attention going into the food and drink rosters," including some slow service and a mood-muting background music.

Check out the full review here, and if you missed it, catch up on last week's dining column, about Feast in the Fifth & Main building in East Nashville.

And now the usual question. Bitesters, have you been to Aura or Feast? Any opinions you'd like to share?

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