Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Bistro At The Biltmore Estate

The Bistro in Antler Hill Village - All photos by: Melissa Arditti

After a full day of touring the Castle and sight-seeing just a portion of the 2.5 miles of pathways in the exotic landscape of Biltmore Gardens, we were extremely hungry.

Our first night, we decided to try out The Bistro, rated a top restaurant choice for guests and had a strong holding on the century-old “field to table” philosophy.

The Bistro was located in Antler Hill Village, about 20-30 minutes away. Keep in mind, everywhere that you went on the Estate, you took a delightful little shuttle bus, which had a friendly guide to tell you insightful tidbits of information as you rode along. Navigating through the Estate itself would be quite a journey, so this was a wonderful service that is always offered (rain or shine) to all Biltmore guests.

A little background on what you can expect here. I love the vibrant coloured chalk used. I think it really makes a statement.

Wine anyone? Plenty to choose from!
I also really like restaurants that have an open area, so I could see some of the prep and cooking being done.

Starter: My dad was in the mood for gazpacho soup. I’ve never been a fan, but this one was delicious and I ended up stealing several spoonfuls!

Entrees (My dad and I had the same)
Wood-fired Joyce Farm chicken with roasted green and white asparagus, griddled chevre, grit cake and thyme jus.

 My mom had Sunburst Farms trout with toasted couscous, watercress, pistachio relish.

Desserts (we splurged as everything looked SO good!)
White peach melba with raspberry granite, white peach sorbet with amaretta crumble

ChocoLattebar – macadamia dark chocolate brownie with espresso ice cream

Needless to say, our meals were perfection and worth every dime. As we were leaving, big crowds were shuffling in, and so this is truly a place you want to make sure to visit when you come here for your first night.

Check out the menu and learn more about The Bistro online.

After dinner, we took a walk through Antler Village and threw a couple of coins into this beautiful fountain. All proceeds go to the Asheville Humane Society.

Heading back on the shuttle bus, we were reminiscing about how fabulous our first day ended up being and was interrupted by the sight of this unexpected rainbow.

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