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Apr 27, 2013 10:12 AM

Ben's Tune Up (Asheville) now open!

According to their Facebook page, Elliot Moss's new sake/sushi/yakitori place opens today. Am trying Seven Sows this weekend, so I may not get there for a week or so. If anybody goes, please share your thoughts.

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  1. Okay, so I drove by the place tonight after dinner at Seven Sows, and it was dark. So I guess the information on their Facebook page is wrong. If anybody knows when they do plan on opening, please let us know.

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    1. re: Jeff C.

      I've been back a second time. Service was very spotty - lots of flagging down the server, etc. Everyone was polite and friendly...just scattered and slow. ALL of the tasty cocktails have been removed from the menu. :( Big bummer in my opinion. Liquor is still avail of course, but no creative cocktails. I asked our server about it and she said it was just getting too hectic. ? Seems like they could find a way to fix that, but oh well. Food was still good...not great...not Admiral quality at all...but interesting and fun to try. We tried the small plates of macaroni noodle (skip this and the "potato" - they're just mayonnaise-y salads), two salads (very good greens and dressings, one topped with some panko-crusted fried chicken that was kind of dry), and some delicious mussels. He really knows how to do mussels based on my experience here at previously at The Admiral. Again, my take on this place remains that it as not so much a place for a full dinner, but more of a unique spot to enjoy drink and a snack. So Ben's, if you're listening, bring back the fun cocktails!

      1. re: miss piggy

        Still haven't made it due to the crappy weather. However, this report and other not-so-hot reports elsewhere make me not as anxious to try it as I was before...sounds like they need a kick-@ss GM to come in take charge.

    2. Burial Beer's Facebook page says both they and Ben's Tune Up will open in June, no exact date given. Looks like it's going to be a yummy summer, if the weather decides to cooperate.

      1. For real this time: It will open "sometime" next week, according to their FB page.

          1. Just saw the first menu on their Facebook pg., and now I'm really stoked. Anybody been yet?

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            1. re: Jeff C.

              Pictures of the inside/outside setup look cool too...we will try to check it out this weekend and report back!

              1. re: miss piggy

                Please! (Looks like it'll be next weekend before I can get there.)

                1. re: Jeff C.

                  Had a fun time last night for dinner. We ordered a few items: shashimi, macaroni, beef yakatori, chicken yakatori, and the ramen bowl. Food tasted great, clean.

                  Just about everything we ordered came out within 5 minutes, but it was their 2nd night open, so I totally expect little hiccups like that, and didn't take issue with it at all.

                  I had their gin cocktail, "Hearts A Fire," I think. Not bad, they had another drink with jalapenos that sounded more interesting, I'll definitely give it a try soon.

                  We sat in the enclosed space between the bar & kitchen. It did get a tad warm, and I think we regretted our choice after we walked through the open air section of the restaurant after dinner, it felt great. The space as a whole is really unique and fun, seems like a great place for dinner or simply drinks, tons of seating "outside." I'll be interested to see how they handle rain, however.

                  Unique in its space and its offerings, I think Ben's is another terrific addition to our restaurant scene. I look forward to going back, and to hearing what the rest of y'all think.

                  Here's a terrific and accurate write-up from the Mountain Xpress a few days ago:


                  1. re: JKidd

                    Thanks for the report. Clean food is definitely better, I've found! :-)

              2. re: Jeff C.

                Jeff, I looked for their menu on the FB page and didn't see it. If it's still there, can you tell me where to look? I checked photos and posts and somehow missed it.

                1. re: Scirocco

                  We went tonight - LOVE this place!!! Very cool atmosphere with the open-air dining setting - beautiful place. If you're opposed to communal seating you're not going to ve very happy here because that is the majority. drinks were CHEAP and strong (although glasses are on the smaller side...still, $6 cocktails...I'll take it). Food is very interesting - we tried the potato salad (topped with roe - quite good), chicken wing yakatori (delicious grilled meat on a skewer) and the ramen bowl (huge portion at only $10, divine broth with noodles and pork shoulder/belly plus veggies and a hard boiled egg - yum). I'll be back again very soon to try more of the yakatori offerings for sure as well as other small plates. We had 3 plates and 6 drinks (whoopsie!) and the bill was $60 - not bad at all. Service was a little sloppy at the bar but we made it work. Music was great, very cool vibe...this place is going to be a hot spot I'm sure. I didn't see the menu online either but I can tell you that picky eaters probably aren't going to like this place. The menu is super-eclectic and somewhat limited which was part of the fun...trying new things. To me it wasn't as much about the food as it was the uniqueness of the place. we will definitely be back very soon!

                  1. re: Scirocco

                    When you go their FB page, click on "photos" near the top. It should come up on the top row, second from the left.

                      1. re: JTomWilson

                        Thanks! Appears to no longer be on the FB page, but it is on that blog link. Very interesting. Am especially intrigued by the fried nutella mochi. Being the sweet tooth that I am, I LOVE mochi but have never seen it fried. Not normally a fan of "fried", but sometimes you just gotta be bad.

                        1. re: Scirocco

                          That wasn't on the menu when we went last night just FYI! :(