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The Admiral - Asheville

jonfrank604 | Feb 24, 201005:04 AM

WOW! I may be underpriveliged or a little sheltered, but I doubt it...I just added The Admiral to my top 5 favorite restaurants! We went last night, and upon arrival were sure we were at the wrong place, even after hearing how unsuspecting and small that it was. There was no where to park, no parking lot at all. I literally had to call and ask where to park. The gentleman told me to park in the lot right off wilmington....I couldn't find Wilmington at all (and I don't think it was me, I think he was wrong). Anyhow, when we got in it was really cool, only about 12 tables and a real short bar. We started with a Fennel-vanilla bisque w/ creme fraiche - it was probably the best part of the meal, and that spoeaks very highly of this bisque. Next we got Mussels, they were great, the broth was incredible, tomato base with pesto. Then, the 2nd best was the short rib with roasted brussel sprouts and beet puree..it was FANTASTIC, and my wife ordered that...I am not a big short rib fan. Then, we had the lamb belly, which I had never had. It was not as good as pork belly to me, but cooked to perfection with a carrot puree. I had heard about the trigger fish here too, so we squeezed in one more....it was great too....served with potato gnochi and melted leeks...also cooked perfect. Even as full as we were we could not resist one little dessert. We split a lime creme brulee with ginger and salted cashew! It, too, was incredible! We really appreciate creative menus, and enjoy lots of sauces and purees, but at the same time cooked really, really well. That was The Admiral! By the way, $58, for all that food i would've paid twice that, easily. The posts that say the food here is mediocre really make me wonder. I want to eat where they usually eat!

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