Well prepared, imaginative food at reasonable prices.
Draft beer selection consists only of micro-brews.
Sit upstairs for a quieter setting.
We went for dinner on a weeknight at about 7 PM; seating was immediate and friendly. Our dinner consisted of chicken liver mousse (4 stars out of 5), charred octopus (5 stars), pan sauteed local trout with beans a green peas (5 stars). Bourbon ice cream (5 stars), panna cotta (5 stars). Now the details.
We asked the waiter to bring all the dishes at once so that we could sample and share all the food. He was very accommodating even bringing two extra small plates. Being knowledgeable of all the beers he recommended some for us based on our preferences. We chose a local wheat beer and a Pisgah pale ale. Both were very good; flavorful but without the bitterness we find annoying.
The charred octopus was tender, moist, and flavorful; not at all tough or chewy. Beautifully prepared with an excellent relish. 5 stars. The local trout was pan sauteed and crispy. Cooked just right. The unusual accompaniment of beans and fresh peas was excellent. The peas were obviously fresh, not frozen, and the beans were cooked from scratch. The combination of flavors was excellent. 5 stars.
The chicken liver mousse was velvety smooth and beautifully prepared. A little overly sweet for our palate, we downgraded it to 4 stars because of the sweetness, but this is just our personal taste. The dish was beautifully done. 4 stars.
For dessert we had bourbon ice cream and panna cotta. The bourbon ice cream, home made, was smooth and soft with an excellent bourbon flavor, not at all hard or frozen. 5 stars. The panna cotta was made with buttermilk instead of cream and topped with fresh black berries. Smooth, velvety, and excellent. 5 stars.
Overall restaurant rating: 5 stars.
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