Remember the day in large cities, when it was fashionable to lunch at downtown hotels? Good food, see and be seen?
Parking is something you’ll need to know about. First park in the small lot by the front door, go in to the desk and tell them you’re there for their restaurant. They’ll give you a pass to the garage below the hotel where parking is free and plentiful.
Hotel Indigo is all about design. You can see pictures of their rooms here. They didn’t neglect the boutique dining space, which sports great lines, details and finishes, imparting a fresh modern vibe. Note the layered, curved lines against horizontal details. Bamboo and rock add a nice touch of “natural” to the scene.
Major glass exposure between inside and an outdoor patio is tempered (pun, if you want it to be) with stretched fabric. I’m guessing this detail also acts as a noise damper.
Even the table tops are interesting:
Fresh flowers were on every table. Each table’s vase of blooms was different. Mine had roses.
Mixologists work their liquid magic behind this bar. I’ve been told they’re notching up their cocktail offerings.
Normally the Turkey & Brie ($9) comes with a choice of a small house salad or home fries. I ordered the sandwich and a Fennel and Orange Salad ($7) and didn’t want more salad or potatoes, so the server suggested pita chips. Nice. My plan was to take some of this meal home to share with PIC.
Served warm on toasted Wheatberry bread, this sandwich was a hit! Sliced Granny Smith Apples gave it a little tangy crunch and the cranberry aioli played well with the Brie.
The salad was pretty, plentiful and fresh, but I didn’t get the flavor pops expected from the fennel, shaved Romano cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds or honey citrus vinaigrette. Think I’ll try it again, just to be sure. The ingredients really appeal.
The plan is to go back on a Friday or Saturday night to check out the bar scene, where I hope to find an energized downtown vibe and interesting cocktails.
Have you been to the Indigo for drinks? What did you think?
Bottom line – 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen is a good place to stop in to for a casual meal whether you’re walking or driving in Asheville. –If you need to get some work done while you snack, they offer free Wi-Fi and have a few floor outlets available.
151 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801