28806 Deli/Bakery( Patton Ave - West Asheville - before Haywood Rd) has been reincarnated as a sexy, hip dinner (and lunch) restaurant. It is small - probably seats about 25-30. We had dinner there tonite and I was totally impressed.
We tried the Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Pistachios, goat cheese and baby arrugula salad...the tomatoes were sandwiched between a spread of the goat cheese - yumm - crisp, fresh, and with the peppery taste of the arrugula...perfect.
Hubby had the Jade Pesto rubbed grilled shrimp w/ baby spinach salad w/ fresh orange which he pronounced delicious.
For my dinner I had another appetizer - the seared sea scallops w/ plantain cashew chutney and coconut basil cream...sweet yet tangy...crunchy...very creative.
Hubby had the Blue Marlin w/ crispy proscuitto and minted snap beans, grilled polenta....my only complaint here would be the marlin could have been cooked just a hair less. The polenta was thin and crispy - almost the consistency of a skillet cornbread.
Nice and affordable wine selection, fresh, homemade bread.... The 3 apps, 1 entree, 3 glasses of wine and dessert ( cinnamon bread pudding w/ cardamom ice cream and caramel sauce) was about $80...
Presentation, creativity and taste puts this place on par w/ Fig in Biltmore Village but price-wise cheaper. Similar in some ways to Table and Savoy but also less expensive. Creatively I would even go so far as to compare it to Gabrielle's at Richmond Hill.
We will DEFINITELY try it again...I'm going for the pan seared duck breast w/ fresh strawberries and griddled corn cakes or maybe the pumpkin seed and masa crusted snapper w/ sweet potato and yucca hash....
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