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Lunch At Rezaz In Biltmore Village + A Peanut Butter Chocolate Bomb

We stopped by Biltmore Village for lunch on our way into Asheville on Saturday. There were several restaurants in the village that I had heard great things about but had not tried so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to get out of downtown and explore another area.

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We tried to get in Corner Kitchen and FIG but both had hour plus waits. Rezaz was the other restaurant on my list so I was happy they could seat us immediately.

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Rezas is a Mediterranean restaurant that has been in business for over 10 years and has an amazing reputation for quality food and service. We were greeted with bread and high quality olive oil.

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And we started with a trio of dips with warm pita. There was hummus, a babba ganouj style dip but made with butternut squash instead of eggplant and muhammara. All of the dips were wonderful and my favorite thing is that they were spiced perfectly and didn’t leave you with an overpowering garlic taste.

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I immediately gravitated towards the Mediterranean Lunch Box section of the meun. I’m a sucker for a sampler plate. It was hard to choose because they all sounded so good but I selected the Moroccan Chicken Tangine.

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I can’t even tell you how much I loved this dish. I must try to recreate the chicken at home. It was so flavorful, warm and comforting with a mix of chicken, carrots, cashews, apricots, greens and broth with saffron and lots of spices. On the side was basmati rice, mixed greens and a cold lentil salad with a fried polenta stick and pickled veggies.

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I sent one of my friends to check out the dessert case before we even ordered our lunch. It was a no brainer.

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Rezaz chocolate peanut butter bomb.

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Chocolate cake base, peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache. There are no words. I wish you could stick your spoon through the screen and try it.

I loved my dining experience at Rezaz. Everything we tried was delicious and the service was friendly and timely. I highly recommend it for anyone visiting the Asheville area. I can’t wait to go back for dinner and I hear they have a pretty phenomenal wine list.

Are you a Mediterranean cuisine fan? What are your favorites? Yes, yes and yes for me and I especially love baba ganouj, anything with warm pita, tzatziki sauce, greek meatballs (kefta) and falafel…to name a few.

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  • 1
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com November 18, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Oh my – that chocolate peanut butter bomb – good golly good gosh….am justoverwhelmed – such a beautiful thing! 🙂
    Lovely pictures – lovely review

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    Tiffany November 18, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Wow, Jen! That Peanut butter bomb looks amazing!! I want a bite 🙂

    What is muhammara?

    Also, Its spelled baba ghanoush – So delicious!! I love eggplant! Have you tried Chinese eggplant? Its one of my favorites! Its much sweeter than Italian eggplant and not as bitter.

  • 3
    Kiki November 18, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Lets say you try and recreate the chocolate peanutbutter bomb 🙂

  • 4
    Elise @ 9toFit.com November 18, 2013, 10:14 pm

    All looks so amazing! I thought my chocolate & caramel turtles looked good until I checked this post out! haha

  • 5
    Heather November 18, 2013, 10:26 pm

    Oh yum.

    Definitely trying this place next time we’re in Asheville!

  • 6
    Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine November 18, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Really, there are no words. That peanutbutter bomb looks so wonderful. Oh my, I wish I had one right now!

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate November 18, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Butternut squash dip sounds SO good! And that chocolate pb bomb…heavenly. Your Asheville trips always make me want to hightail on over there immediately.

  • 8
    heidi November 18, 2013, 11:42 pm

    Omg that chocolate peanut butter ball defines my heaven!!! 🙂

  • 9
    Lauren Caffee November 19, 2013, 4:22 am

    This is honestly what I would choose to be my last meal! So yes, I think that answers your question 😉

  • 10
    Jodie November 19, 2013, 5:39 am

    Yes yes love Mediterranean food.

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    Brittany @ proteinandpumps November 19, 2013, 6:54 am

    Mediterranean is probably my favorite. They need to put you in the tourist commission in Asheville because every time I read one of your posts about going it makes me want to go!

  • 12
    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More November 19, 2013, 7:12 am

    I love Mediterranean food! That chocolate peanut butter bomb?! I need it. Seriously! I need to figure out how to make it.

  • 13
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt November 19, 2013, 7:22 am

    I live in Asheville and we always enjoy Rezaz! There are so many good places to eat here- let me know if you ever need more suggestions 🙂

  • 14
    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-DIscipline November 19, 2013, 7:53 am

    I shouldn’t have read this when I was hungry!!!!

  • 15
    Lee November 19, 2013, 8:20 am

    I think we’re going to Asheville for a babymoon around Christmas. I always see this place on Yelp. Might have to check it out. Hummus is quite literally my favorite food.

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    Lauren K November 19, 2013, 8:41 am

    We just went to Biltmore Village for the first time a few weeks ago. Loved Corner Kitchen! You will have to check that out on your next visit!

  • 17
    Julie November 19, 2013, 1:24 pm

    OMG that dessert!!

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