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Curras (Asheville-Woodfin) Nuevo Mex


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Curras (Asheville-Woodfin) Nuevo Mex

leahinsc | May 5, 2008 06:27 PM

My husband had trepidations about trying this restaurant because in a former life the building had housed a noted greasy spoon. The small restaurant has about 6 tables in the main area and an alcove with about 4 others plus a bar w/ a few seats. Walls are a burnt sienna that give it sort of an adobe look. Some colorful flags and a few photos and paintings are on the wall. The minimal decor and hard floors make it a bit noisy when crowded.
We started with the queso flameado app ($7) which was just ok - a little bland and forgettable. A large salad ($8?) with pickled radish, cactus, queso blanco and chiccharones was very tasty - though large pieces of the latter made me wonder what the point was. How about crumbling them up into crouton-sized pieces or leaving them off altogether. Next time I'd skip the apps and just go for a salad.
By far the stand outs were our entrees. A ground pork with fruit and nuts stuffed roasted poblano chili was incredibly tasty. The creamy sauce w/ the pomegranate reduction was a perfect compliment and this was a" lick your plate " dish for me. My husband had a peppery grouper that was steamed in an agave leaf (sort of like parchment paper) so it was tender and flakey.
An avocado margarita was creamy perfection and the strawberry was fresh and sweet but not cloyingly so.
1 app, 1 salad, 2 entrees and 3 drinks $90 (tip included)

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