Lunch at Cúrate with a little Rhu

Sis and I stopped in for lunch at Cúrate yesterday.

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To kill the half hour wait we walked over to Chef John Fleer’s newly opened The Rhu on South Lexington to check it out.

Looks like a winner! I’ll post a follow-up after a planned chat with Chef Fleer about the setup and future plans for the space.

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The Rhu
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Half an hour later we’re in prime seats at Cúrate’s bar, taking in the action.

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Wherever you sit at Cúrate, the food is creative and delightful.

Take their sopa de setas ($6). Bartender Brian Wright explained this Mushroom Soup and other dishes as they were served:

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Even on a chilly day, this ensalada de Invierno ($12) is refreshing. Described by Brian Wright:

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Sis did want something warm and a little more substantial, so she ordered the Pincho moruno (Lamb Skewers $14) marinated in Moorish spices and served with homemade pickles.

Each bite results in a mild heat sensation in the back of your throat that can be tempered with the pickles.

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Croquetas de pollo (not pictured, $8) were my “warm dish”.  Don’t expect chunks of chicken inside these tasty fried fried fritters. If memory serves, there were five fritters on the plate.

We had a couple more culinary stops to make, so decided to share a crema catalana con frutas del bosque ($7) described on the menu as “a twist on the classic – catalana cream mousse with berries, caramel, and candied caramel. Thanks, Brian:

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See the disk of candied caramel on top? They’re made in-house from scratch. Take a thin round of a type of “potato paper” (similar to rice paper”, shake a mixture of sugars on top, bake until caramelized, repeat, then remove from baking sheet. In the video below, Michael Elliott has baked up a batch. Note: that’s another diner a few seats down from us talking.

 

The Rhu
10 S Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC
(828) 785-1799

Cúrate
11 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 239-2946