Restaurants & Bars

Vigne - Asheville, NC

danna | Feb 27, 2008 11:29 AM

We finally tried this restaurant after looking at the menu on two other occasions. It's a cool building, but I'd really like to eat there when the patio is open in good weather.

I started with a really nice salad, arugula, pear, lots of bacon, and an interesting chili oil garnish around the outside of the dish which lent an unexpected flavor when your forkful brushed across it. The bread came out hot and generous. It was not the best bread ever...slightly flavorless, but still...it was good enough, and hot from the oven, hard to beat.

I absolutely HATED my wine, a Burgundy. I guess our waiter noticed it was still around when my second course came, and although I declined his offer, he brought me a different glass anyway. Very, very good of him...honestly I didn't love the CA Pinot, either... I had the remnants of a sore throat, perhaps my palate was off...but I would love to know if anyone else has had the only Burgundy by the glass on that list, and what they thought. To me iit was incredibly astringent, dare I say sour....I know I generally do prefer new world wines, but geez, I don't usually find French wine undrinkable.

Anyhow, my husband ordered fried oysters. They were of good size, tasty, not greasy, and had a surprising sweet drizzle. Very good.

My entree was wild mushroom raviolis - they were served with a red pepper sauce and lentils, topped w/ some microgreens. It was very good. Husband had the burger w/ foie gras...he doesn't eat the stuff but was kind enough to order it for me so I could eat the foie for him. It was decent foie, a tiny piece, slightly overcooked (hard to sear something that thin and NOT overcook it I guess). Note to Vigne: foie, not fois. He was reasonably happy with his burger, cooked to temp.

I passed on dessert, and the bill came to $60-ish...a bargain, although I note we probably ordered the least expensive entrees on the menu. It could easily have been $20-$30 more.

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