We used a GPS to find The Admiral, and even when we found it, we weren't sure that we found it. How could a restaurant with such good reviews be in a building that looks like the office of a used car dealer?!? Could this really be the place? We stayed in the car and looked it up again...and re-read the reviews. Hmmm...others had the same misgivings. So, we entered!
What a difference on the inside. There are about 15 tables in the small restaurant, and we were at the 5 p.m. seating, so the restaurant quickly went from empty to full. I recommend getting there a little early if you want to try to get one of the few spaces in The Admiral's parking lot.
The food was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I definitely recommend trying the escargot and bone marrow. It comes on a bed of risotto, and the taste was amazing...the best we ever had. The oysters were just okay...nothing special. Those who got the oysters wished they had the escargot.
I don't think there is an entree item that is less than perfect, but we can definitely attest to the excellence of the Black Angus Ribeye and the Seared Sea Scallops. The ribeye was set in the midst of the most delicious assortment of flavors that were so tasty it took a while to get to the ribeye, which was also delicious and cooked to perfection. The same can be said of the sea scallops.
For dessert we had the pumpkin creme brulee - once again...total excellence.
The cost for 4 persons including drinks and gratuity was ~$300.00.
This is a restaurant we will continue to return to every visit to Asheville. We were blown away.
By the way, the service was every bit as excellent as the food.
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