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Nine Mile, Montford District, Asheville

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Nine Mile, Montford District, Asheville

Jeff C. | Jun 21, 2008 06:34 AM

Big up to Mark for turning me on to this slightly out of the way place in the Asheville's cozy Montford neighborhood. They've done an excellent job remodelling the former space. The restaurant is spare and sleek but still homey, and the service is warm and friendly. Reminds me of a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn or Atlanta's Five Points district. There is currently limited outdoor seating on the sidewalk that they would do well to expand for the warmer months. The cuisine is mainly Caribbean Fusion with emphasis on jerk and curry sauces served over pasta with a variety of proteins, including tofu. (There's also a vegi-pasta alternative for carb counters.) Small selection of wines and four taps. They were serving Catawba's new Coconut Ale the day we were there--NOT as yucky as it sounds! They also have a nice selection of bottled beers, including Dogfish Head IPA and Caribe lager. I had a dish called (inexplicably) Jamacian Me Thirsty, which consisted of grilled jerk chicken breast (or tofu) with fire roasted tomatoes, sauteed garden fresh vegetables, herbs and jerk sauce over linguine with spring onions. The produce in particular was noticeably fresh and perfectly cooked. My only quibble was that I asked for medium heat and received hardly any at all, so order accordingly. My wife had something called Soon Come, which like the Coconut lager sounded potentially awful and turned out to be quite delightful. It included sauteed fresh sliced bananas, apples, raisins, pineapples and pumpkin spice served with cheese stuffed tortellini and spring onions. It was a nice blend of sweet and savory, perfect in the smaller lunch portion. Both entrees came with the also unfortunately named Natty Bread, which was basically toasted garlic bread with a nice bit of char at the edges. We were too full to eat dessert although there was a interesting sounding spicy chocolate cake on the menu. Total damage for two lunch entrees, two beers, and tip was a measely twenty five bucks, an excellent value for food of this caliber. We will be back.

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