Monday, January 31, 2011

Boca Restaurant Review in Asheville, North Carolina

I visited with friends over dinner at Boca, one of Asheville’s newest independent restaurants. It is located on Lexington Avenue next to Mela with indoor and outdoor seating and an open kitchen. Co-owners Anoop Krishnan (owner of Mela Indian Restaurant) and Markus Procida hired Johnson and Wales graduate Stewart Lyon who was at former Asheville restaurants such as Curras Nuevo and Sugo. The concept is varied offering menu items with a distinct Latin influence from Mexico, Texas, California, Korea and beyond along with adding in vegan/vegetarian items among the selections.

Lunch menu
Offers soups, salads, sandwiches and tacos are $5 - $9
Dinner menu
Offers appetizers are $5 - $7 and entrées are $12 - $17

We sampled the following items over dinner.

Calamari Fritti
topped with garlic, parsley and fried olives, served with tomato dipping sauce – $7

Fried Chickpeas
over mixed greens with pomegranate seeds, goat cheese, almonds, honey and a shallot vinaigrette – $6

Huevos con Chorizo
sausage and eggs scrambled together and served with black beans, pico de gallo, cabbage salad and cilantro rice – $12

Seared Sea Scallops
with sautéed kale and mashed rutabaga – $14

The olives in the calamari were interesting and good on their own but did extend their flavor to the dish. If you like olives, you’ll love this appetizer.

Fried chickpeas was fascinating enough to see on the menu that we had to order it. We all loved this choice! The flavors along with the crunch to the peas was unique and delicious.

Chef Steward nailed the Huevos con Chorizo. This was another savory selection that we were happy we singled out for dinner.

Be prepared to finish the plate of scallops. The portion is just right and the scallops were seared perfectly. The appealing combination with the rutabaga made it work superbly.

Boca is a good dining spot to try out if you haven’t yet and affordable to make it a habit if you have. This fills in another void within the culinary scene in Asheville. Be sure to stop in soon and check Boca out for lunch or dinner.

Contact information:
68 North Lexington Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina

Boca on Urbanspoon

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