The Flying Frog Cafe
A Fine Dining Restaurant
Featuring boutique wines
served with fine Continental, German, and
Urban Indian Cuisine.
Soups, Salads and Appetizers
Martinis and Specialty Cocktails
Recognition and Accolades
The Flying Frog Cafe
1 Battery Park Ave
Asheville NC 28801
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How did a menu like this come to be?
by Michael Parker
There once was a nearly deserted downtown Asheville, and a landscape slightly beyond dotted with ordinary restaurants presenting ordinary menus. It was a time when the restaurant-going public usually sought comfort in menus of familiar food, or paid dues for the safety of a private dining room. However, Ashevillians were actually hungry for more.
The Shastri family, in 1985, emerged and opened the Windmill on Haywood Street in Downtown its vast, multi-national menu not only proving the Shastri's intuition correct, but giving other would-be restaurateurs the inspiration and confidence to add their own to the city's scene. Asheville's world-class dining scene now enters its third decade.
The Flying Frog Cafe opened in 1996 in the Windmill's previous downtown Asheville location. With father Jay Shastri and son Vijay, Asheville was given a menu of even more food not seen here before. Add to that high standards of service and a strong, educated emphasis on wine. The combination of Mother's Eastern European heritage and skill, plus Mr. Shastri's own Indian heritage and background in chemical research and development, has landed in your chef, labeled prodigy chef by Taste-Full magazine, and in this nationally-recognized family business.
Your now-famous chef, Vijay Shastri, was trained by his mother, who is now retired. She brought Eastern European food to Asheville's table, as well as the foods of Italy and France. The Windmill became especially hailed for the German dishes on its menu. The family closed the Windmill to concentrate all efforts here at the Frog. Asheville's German food aficionados, accustomed to the Shastris German food for twenty years, come to the Frog to have their demands met.
The family's Indian heritage is strongly reflected in this menu, as well as with the chefs deft hand with spices. The Indian dishes at the Flying Frog intend to remind you of the magic of spices, to bring you closer to Vasco da Gamas 15th century description of an India where even the air was filled with spice, but thankfully away from that world, which literally waged wars over its control.
Regarded by the family as essential to the fine-dining experience is excellent service. Our intense menu is matched by a wait staff composed of food enthusiasts who know and understand what makes our dishes. An advanced wine program complements such service, presenting one of the most talked-about wine lists in the region.
The Flying Frog contributes significantly to both Asheville's social and arts scenes. The Frog Bar and Sidewalk Cafe upstairs at street level, is regularly enjoyed, jointly, by visitors from out-of-town and a literal who's-who of locals. Community involvement is the restaurants's pleasure, especially in fundraisers for the Asheville Area Arts Council, the March of Dimes and Western North Carolina Aids Project Dining Out For Life event.
It is not possible to simplify The Flying Frog Cafe by boxing it into a neat category. Doing so would be to overlook the variety of ideas, the many different sources of training and inspiration, the strength of a family's colorful heritage, and the evolution of a fine dining restaurant.