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review of Table restaurant in Asheville, NC

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review of Table restaurant in Asheville, NC

Jeff C. | Feb 20, 2006 04:12 PM

Visited last Friday. The place was packed and VERY loud. Nice minimalist decor with butcher block tables and ladder-backed chairs. Exterior dining room wall is made of lovely glass blocks. Opposite wall could use some artwork, though. (Maybe framed drawings of Tables!) Seating is limited, esp. for large parties. Expect to wait at the bar if you don't have reservations.

The price range was higher than on their website ($16-$29), though the menu did offer a wide array of "tastes" and appetizers that would also work as an entree (crab cakes, etc.)The restaurant offers a full bar and also offers a nice list of beers and wines.

From the "tastes" menu we started off with crostini with tuna butter and oil cured olive tapenade ($4 for two small pieces). The tuna butter was heavenly and tasted as advertised but was salty enough already without the tapenade. The crostini was left on the grill about a min. too long and was charred and bitter at the edges.

Seafood seemed to rule the day on the specials menu. My wife's monkfish and my seared scallops were both extremely fresh. Just about every dish featured some sort of potato accompaniment, for some reason. My scallops were more blackened than seared, and as a result were rubbery on one side and served on a bed of creamed potatoes that was like tasteless gravy, though the wood mushroom salad that came with was a nice touch. The monkfish was perfectly prepared and lobster-like in texture and served in a sauce that was red-pepper based. Rustic potato chunks with that one. (No fresh GREEN vegetables at the market last Friday?)

We were going to try dessert, but our waitress never returned, being too occupied with a big-spending party of eight, so we hit the manager up for the check and scrammed. (I never actually got to see the dessert menu--sorry.)

I try to never render verdicts on restaurants based on a single visit, and Table did seem a bit overwhelmed and understaffed last Friday, so let me just say that I WILL give Table another chance...though not anytime soon.

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