December 16, 2010

New Restaurant Roux Steps up to the Plate

As many of you may have noticed, Biltmore Park Town Square has been extra busy over the past several weeks in anticipation of the opening of the new Hilton Asheville. With furniture being moved in, construction winding down, and phones ringing with reservation requests, we are all getting to enjoy seeing the hard-earned fruits of our labor.

Having officially opened on Wednesday night, I was eager to be one of the first to explore the culinary stylings of the Hilton's on-site restaurant, Roux. Elegantly decorated with simple yet sophisticated pieces, the restaurant features an open floorplan that is adjacent to the lobby, yet is also maintains an intimate dining atmosphere. The dynamic space is well-suited to a range of occasions; from a business meeting over lunch to a romantic evening, the possibilities are endless.

As are the possibilities on the menu. While the furnishings and environment are impressive, the food is what truly stands out. Roux features a unique selection of blue plate cuisine with a gourmet flare. For lunch, I tried the small plates (which work particularly well if treated like tapas) of macaroni and cheese, meatloaf sliders, and handcut potato frites in a truffle scallion aioli. Large plates and sandwiches are also available for lunch. While it sounds like these menu items could be found in a diner, everything about them is upscale. From the presentation to the decadent taste, Roux is definitely going to make its mark on the Asheville restaurant scene.

Roux is also unique to Asheville in regards to location. With the soon-to-open Sparrow Spa in the same building and the movie theater within sight of the entrance, the restaurant is a perfect destination for an all-in-one outing. From shopping at REI or Barnes & Noble to enjoying an afternoon latte at Perk's before dinner at Roux and a movie at the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium, Biltmore Park Town Square offers hours of inviting activities.