We celebrated a delightful New Years Eve dinner at the Horizons in the Grove Park Inn in Ashville. The Grove Park Inn is a luxurious inn and spa with a few different dining options. The Horizons is the fine dining restaurant with a comfortable feel. The dining room is warm and elegant with a piano and fireplace in the center. The tables are adorned with a lovely white table clothes a single simple rose. The large tables are well spread out and the set with large leather chairs which allows for quite conversation without having to fight over the neighboring tables. I really appreciated this as it is quite rare these days in most restaurants. Another lovely touch was that the hostess gave me a black napkin since I was wearing black thus avoiding the annoying white specks.
For dinner we decided to share an appetizer and first course and then we each ordered an entrée. They were kind enough to split the items that we shared so that we didn’t have to hover over a common plate or figure out how to share the dishes. We started with the Horizons Signature Lobster Bisque with Butter Poached Lobster and Roe Oil. It was extremely rich and creamy with great lobster flavor! I am glad we decided to share; it would have been just too much for one person. We followed this with the House Made Open Faced Ravioli with Sweet Potato Puree, Melted Leeks and Local Ham Hock Rillette. It was delicious! The ham was perfectly complimented by the sweetness of the sweet potato. My only complaint is that the ham to pasta ratio was off; it really could have used another layer of pasta to complete the dish. For my entrée I had the Coriander-Sal Dusted Diver Scallops with Braised Local Beef Short Rib and Smokey White Bean Cassoulet and a Winter Truffle Emulsion. The scallops were excellent! They were seared to perfection. The winter truffle emulsion provided a nice earthy, rich complement to the sweet scallops. In fact, I asked for extra. The braised short rib was nice but completely unnecessary. The strong flavor of the beef fought with the sweetness of the scallops. I treated them as two separate dishes. G had the Roasted Loin of Lamb with Fried Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, Minted Baby Vegetables and Local Lambs Lettuce. The lamb was amazing! It was cooked to a perfect medium and sliced beautifully. We ended with the Chocolate and Chambord Génoise with Espresso Marsala Reduction, Coffee Brittle and Double Chocolate Sorbet. It was a great rich, chocolaty ending to this meal!
Overall, this was a lovely way to end the year and start another. The meal was delicious and well prepared. The service was attentive and unassuming. The atmosphere was elegant and comfortable.
Horizons, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28804-3799