Welcome to The Watermark Restaurant – where fine dining and traditional Southern comfort meet to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Music City. For three seasons, Chef Bob Wagonner and his team have been delighting and surprising their guests with their unique interpretation of traditional southern fare. And just like Chef Wagonner, the Watermark Restaurant is fresh, fabulous and unpretentious.
Pulling from his years of experience working in some of the best restaurants in France and the United States, Chef Waggoner has created a place where the atmosphere is as inviting as the menu. The highly trained and experienced dining room staff is one of the best in Nashville, yet the vibe is relaxed and casual. The charming and charismatic bar staff works hard mixing up fresh, trendy and traditional libations while the restaurant’s sommelier, Kenny Lyons, works closely with the chef to pair a unique wine with each dish on the menu. The restaurant’s outdoor dining terrace features one of the most romantic and breathtaking views of the city that are not to be missed.
“We worked hard to earn our reputation and we work even harder to keep it.”
The menus are seasonal and feature the best locally and globally sourced fresh meats, cheeses and seafood. You won’t find any trendy, fancy, hard to pronounce dishes on the menu either – you won’t even find any gas or electricity in the kitchen; everything is carefully handcrafted and prepared on wood-burning grills. What makes the restaurant truly special is their terrace-to-table concept – if it can grow in the ground, they grow it on the terrace. Located adjacent to the outdoor dining area, the restaurant grows much of its own produce, from lavender to bok choy and everything in between.
The next time you are strolling through the Gulch in Nashville, a visit to The Watermark is a must but if you can’t make it to Nashville any time soon, you can always invite Chef Wagonner into your kitchen to cook with you! In addition to keeping guests happy at the Watermark Restaurant, Chef Wagonner is in the 3rd season of his hit PBS cooking show U Cook! with Chef Bob where he shares his passion for gourmet cooking and wine pairing with his lucky viewers (check local listing for air dates and times).
The Health Beauty Life crew was lucky enough to spend a day in the kitchen at the Watermark Restaurant, where Chef Wagonner shared some great seafood recipes and some amazing knife techniques!
Served over white asparagus, young arugula and granny smith apples in a passion fruit vinaigrette
4 U-10 Diver Scallops
2 Stalks white asparagus (blanched & cut into thin strips)
1 Granny Smith apple (peeled, seeded & cut into thin strips)
3 tbsp. Passion fruit juice
Juice from 1 lime
Lime zest from ½ lime
6 tbsp. plus 1 tbsp. virgin olive oil
1 shallot (chopped fine)
½ cup baby arugula
1 tbsp. fresh chervil
1 tbsp. fresh chives
Salt, Black Pepper, & White Pepper
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small Teflon pan and heat over high heat. Salt & pepper the scallops on both sides and place them in the hot oil. Cook for 1 minute on each side then toss them in a 400 degree oven for 2 minutes.
In a small bowl mix together the passion fruit juice, lime juice and lime zest along with salt and fresh ground white pepper. Then add 6 tablespoons of olive oil and the chopped shallot. Next, mix the thin strips of white asparagus and the thin strips of granny smith apples together in a small bowl; add some salt and fresh white pepper, chopped chervil and chopped chives.
Place a small amount of baby arugula on each plate then place the apple/asparagus mix on the top of the arugula. Remove the hot scallops from the oven and place them over the asparagus and apples and drizzle the passion fruit vinaigrette over the scallops and salad.
The Watermark Restaurant
Nashville, TN 37203
For reservations, visit watermark-restaurant.com
or call (615) 254-2000
Photos: Allen Carrasco and courtesy of Watermark