Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Admiral and Chef Elliott Moss

The Admiral has become an Asheville hot spot over the last few years creating quite a stir in the local foodie scene.  The culinary team is led by Chef Elliott Moss who has connections to Chef Sean Brock from Charleston.  Moss doesn’t rest on anyone’s laurels with the food he creates at his restaurant.  The menu changes daily, offering a variety of local fare as well as bringing in ingredients that are well known to epicureans across the nation.

A sample menu follows below to show the style food that Chef Moss and his team prefer to tackle.  With food at this level, it’s all about the details that the Chef adds to the dish and the preparations that he takes to make it perfect.  Moss’ talent continues to become more refined while keeping the ability to think outside the traditional culinary box.  Innovation and creativity seems to be his trademark.  The result is the flavor profiles of each course wow his clientele.

Chef Elliott Moss
The restaurant is in West Asheville on Haywood Road surrounded by small local businesses and residential neighborhood.  The parking lot is tiny so chances are you will park somewhere in that neighborhood.  The cinder block building hosted a local dive bar for years prior to the Admiral coming onto the landscape.  Rather than fight what the location is, Moss has embraced it fashioning the personality of his restaurant.

Be sure to make reservations or you may not get a seat.  With only 14 tables in addition to the bar, guests have to think a head to get their seat.  The décor retains the dive bar feel with an old television and lighted beer signs in a dark lit single room.  In the center are a few tables with booths on one side and the bar and galley kitchen on the other.  The tables do not have tablecloths and fanfare is kept low to keep the focus on the food.

Admiral exterior
Service is relaxed and unfortunately can be a little too much so especially when considering the menu pricing.  It does keep the feel of the overall personality and the staff is obviously proud to be part of the magic that the Admiral creates.  Don’t get me wrong on this, there is still plenty of reason to dine and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

The Admiral is part of the new culinary trend of Asheville supporting the energy and vibe that makes the culinary panorama sought after by so many.  Make your reservation and head down Haywood Road to see for yourself what Chef Elliott is designing.

Sample Menu:

July 23, 2012
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Oysters $3/per
Stingrays VA, Blue Point NJ, or VA Watch House

Chilled Cauliflower Bisque 6
Frisee, Bacon, Theros, Crouton

Baby Arugula Salad 7
Granny Smith, Hazelnut, Humboldt Fog

Bibb Salad 8
Fried Green Tomato, White Anchovy, Pecorino
Radish, Goddess Dressing

PEI Mussels 10
San Marzano, Bacon, PBR
Hickory Smoke, Lemon, Toast

HNG Pork Belly 12
Stewed Lady Peas, Tomato Jam

Blackened NC Flounder 12
Stone Ground Grits, First of the Season Tomatoes

Crispy Sweetbreads 12
Mashed Potatoes, Brown ButterCapers & Lemon

Angus Flat-Iron Steak 12
Market Vegetable Panzanella Salad, Red Wine Demi

Mustard Barbecued GA Quail 12
Potato Puree, Local Collards

HNG Beef Tenderloin Tartare 14
64 Degree Egg, House Pickles, Cahills Porter, Quail Egg
Sriracha Aioli, Cornichon, Toast

Sonoma Farms Duck Breast 23
Poblano-Bacon Consommé, Roasted Market Vegetables
Pea Tendrils, Basmati Rice

NC Red Grouper 26
Lemon Herb Fingerlings, Charred Corn and Tomato Relish
Citrus, Broccolini

Heritage Farms Pork Chop 26
Cheddar Cheese Grits, Succotash, Fried Egg
Seared Diver Scallops 27
Smoked Corn Bisque, Charred Heirloom Tomato
Haricot Verts, Pea Tendrils, Radishes
Black Angus Ribeye 30
Grilled Eggplant-Tomato Salad, Shelled Lady Peas, Aged Goat Cheese

Thomasville Tomme, Cow, Georgia
Barley Hazen Blue, Cow, Vermont
Oak Moon Ambiance, Goat, WNC

Berries & Cream

Chocolate Brownie
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Candied Pecan

Warm Peach Cobbler
Blackberry-Goat Cheese Crème Fraiche

Contact Information
(828) 252.2541
400 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

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