I'm new in Asheville, I've been exploring all the amazing food of the restaurants and bars this town has to offer. I love to hang out and dine @ hotel's bars and restaurants, (makes me feel I am on vacation) and I found my new favorite place, is The Writes Bistro, @ The Renaissance Hotel in downtown (which luckily for me, is in walking distance from my apt.) Without a doubt is a hidden GEM. Well, my friend and I were in downtown last Saturday, for Downtown after 5, and we decide to have a drink @ their bar, because he had told me, the bartender there mixed him an awesome slightly dirty martini (my favorite drink, before dinner), he was right, it was perfect. Since we were there, hanging out in their lobby, we went to check out the restaurant. The hostess was very sweet, nice smile and asked us if we would like to enjoy them for dinner. I said, can I take a look @ your restaurant and menu, she said sure. We walked in, I was very impressed by the decor (beautiful, very contemporary, chique, but not opulent). So we decide to stay and have dinner, and it was excellent. I was very pleased with their wine list with a great variety of wines, malbec, tempranillo, blends, and the best thing of all, they offer great values. Since on our entrees before the wine and I was going to have seafood and my friend steak, we asked our server for help, he recommended a Spanish blend the he thought would be complementary to our dishes, and he was right. So for starters I had the Pimento Cheese app, and it was a treat. They do their Pimento with warm smoked Gouda cheese, rich and creamy, my friend had the Mountain Chowder soup, I remember tasting some sweet potato, corn and bacon, it was delicious, and you know, that is how you find out with one can cook, have them make a soup. So after the soup (and my app), I was really excited to see what still to come. For entrees, my friend chose the Ribeye, he requested the steak to be cooked medium, and medium it was. He also ordered a side of braised greens, very well braised, right on point. I chose Bacon and Scallops, because to me, it was an original way to serve them, with cocoa encrusted pork belly and bacon demi-glace, I have to say, I truly loved it. Wish @ least one of us had room for desert so I could've tried their Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake. I will do it next time, but I did have their coffee, real roasted coffee beans, very good, rich and bold. One more thing, the prices are right, it was worth it. I am really looking forward to go back and bring other friends with me.
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