Fantastic Tapas: Curate, Asheville

24 Jan

Curate is one of the top restaurants in downtown Asheville. If you’re in the area, perhaps to visit the gorgeous Biltmore Mansion, I highly recommend dinner at Curate. It’s a long space, with a bar down one side, and tables for four on the other, opening up to a dining area at the back. The name “Curate” means “cure yourself”… and it’s true, if you’re not in a terrific mood when you step in the doorway, you will be when you’ve taken the first few bites of your meal.

For a small party of 2 or 3 people, I definitely recommend sitting at the bar, to get a great view of the open kitchen (a great way to impress a date 😉 Watch charcuterie plates being assembled, potatoes and eggplant being fried, and cocktails being mixed.

DSC01390For a small party of 2 or 3 people, I definitely recommend sitting at the bar, to get a great view of the open kitchen (a great way to impress a date 😉 Watch charcuterie plates being assembled, potatoes and eggplant being fried, and cocktails being mixed. For larger parties, make a reservation! 

It’s no surprise that this restaurant is busy: look at these beautiful and delicious tapas!

Curate: Butternut squash soupButternut squash soup (Crema de Calabaza) – deliciously smooth

Curate: grilled octopusPulpo a la Gallega – octopus served served with olive oil and potato puree, and sprinkled with Spanish paprika

DSC01399Chicken croquettes

DSC01402Canelones de carne – described as “Spain’s gift to Italy”, it’s a unique, delicate pasta filled with pork, beef, and chicken liver in a creamy bechamel sauce and topped with manchego cheese.

Curate: eggplantBerenjenas la Taberna – fried eggplant drizzled with honey and sprinkled with rosemary

Curate: calamari sandwichBocata Calamares – calamari on a fresh baguette – a delicious and filling sandwich!

DSC01409Chisatorra con pure de patatas – grilled chorizo with potato puree

Curate: spinach with pine nuts and raisinsEspinacas a la Catalana – sauteed spinach, apples, raisins, with pine nuts – a simple, yet elegant dish.

The Final Word: With delicious food and attentive service in a bustling atmosphere, dinner at Curate was one of my most enjoyable dining experiences yet!

Info: Curate, 11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 USA
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