What we ate is similar to what others have had.
The course selections at Town House varied between 1-3, 4, and ten, but we were told we could get pretty much however many we want. We ended up going with 10 just to say hey, we're on vacation, let's celebrate. Why not?
It was a really interesting meal that was an adventure, but I can't say that the majority of dishes made me crave more. I was more like hmm, what an interesting flavor/combination/texture. In two cases I really didn't dig what I ate--both involved a little too much "essence of the sea" for me. Part of it is that I don't have the most sophisticated palate (why must I be so self-depracating?). I'm just looking for good eats.
I appreciate what the chefs are doing at Town House--there is no doubt that they are on the cutting edge of culinary creativity. They are bravely playing with flavors (and nitrogen) in a way that would scare a lot of people, but it's cool. The service was amazing, another group at the restaurant was super-friendly and chatty (even gave us some Asheville recommendations), and we did indeed see the chefs' faces (ahem, where are you Jose Andres???). Maybe if we're ever driving to North Carolina again we'll go back. We'll definitely recommend the exciting adventure to friends (at least those who are up to it). I'll label the dishes below and note the favorites.
I don't have a photo of the amuse, but it was the black olive cookie sandwich with a lemony olive oil inside, and grated parm-reg on top. It was wonderful.
Brulee of Smoked Salmon Roe. The description says "coconut, mustard, avocado and banana, celery, cilantro confit, and let me tell you, I was not looking forward to this. But the surprise was that I really liked this dish--it might have been my favorite. It was sweet and salty, the crunchy glass-like top contrasted with the soft squishier inside, and it was just fun. Party in the mouth. Not fishy at all.
lovage, rye. Not as exciting as it sounds.
I don't have a photo of the Scrambled Egg Mousse with birch syrup & sweet spices, but I rather liked it. It was like a foamy pureed omelet, but not in a gross way, and it was kind of sweet, served in a martini-ish glass if my memory serves me right. I definitely liked it, but didn't need quite so much. One or two spoonfuls would have sufficed.
here) confused me. The broth was good, and then there were all these little bits--cheese, chorizo oil, cuttlefish, ink (!). Let's just say I found out the hard way that ink is NOT for me. J liked this dish. I get parts of it--the cuttlefish melts in your mouth--for a second you think, was that fish or cheese?
don't remember feeling this way at Citronelle, but maybe the portions were smaller and spaced out further??? Anyone?)
I don't have a photo of my favorite dessert (and favorite dish??), Purple Mountains: latte, anise seed, black sesame oil, yogurt, poached fig. It was rustic looking and richly delicious. A perfect note to end on.
love their nitrogen.
Town House Blog (Just because you won't be back for a while doesn't mean you want to miss out on the new creations--they are like art.)
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