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‘Go Bananaz’ at Farragut’s newest restaurant

A partner at Asian Café off Central Ave. Pike is trying his hand at a unique concept in Farragut — Go Bananaz Café.

Go Bananaz will serve an eclectic mix of southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.

“It’s something different,” owner Jimmy Lim said.

Lim and his chef, J. Kai, formerly of Rouxbarb, will serve from a southeast Asian menu Monday through Saturday, with various specials — including a limited number of Mediterranean dishes — thrown in.

On Sundays, the restaurant will serve only Mediterranean cuisine, including gyros and pitas.

“We’re going to concentrate on two cuisines,” Lim said. The restaurant also will offer beers for patrons, and diners can bring their own wine for a cork fee.

Lim said he understands some might consider it “bananas” to mix Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, but he thinks “more choice is better for customers.”

The name of the restaurant was chosen to entice customers, and the theme is carried through in the dining room, which Lim has decorated with banana trees and painted tropical colors.

“When I say ‘Go Bananaz,’ [people] are like, ‘What is this? I’ve got to go check it out,’” Lim said.

“When I say ‘Asian’ and then I sell Mediterranean, it doesn’t match. ... Going bananas is better than going crazy,” he joked.

Go Bananaz Café held a soft opening last week, and its grand opening was last Friday.

Lim said most of the restaurant’s dishes — excluding daily specials — would be priced under $10, including soups, salads, traditional Asian dishes, hibachi and eventually, sushi. All of the dishes would be made with only fresh ingredients.

“So if a dish normally comes with zucchini, but if I see there is no zucchini that is fresh, I might put in cabbage, I might throw in Napa. Whatever’s fresh for that day,” Lim said.

“People in Farragut can spend their money, but they want to see quality. I’ll do whatever I can,” he added.

Go Bananaz will seat about 40 and also will offer to-go dining options.

“I want Farragut to know I’m the new kid on the block. Come try me out,” Lim said.

Go Bananaz Café, 11151-D Kingston Pike, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day. Call 865-671-1888.


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