New year, new eats: Want a bellyful to celebrate the Jan. 29 Chinese New Year’s celebration? Then look no further than Asheville’s Westgate Shopping Center, where Oriental Pavilion recently opened. The OP does Chinese and Japanese cuisines on a grand scale, with one of those quintessentially Asian menus listing scores of variations at accessible prices. The restaurant is open Sun-Thu, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and offers home delivery for a $1 fee. Oriental Pavillion boasts of both no MSG and an expansive Wednesday night vegetarian buffet. Call the restaurant at 236-3839.
Montreats: All too often, the food served in college cafeterias might rightly be described as, well, academic. But Montreat College’s Howerton Dining Hall has something more of a smorgasbord in mind, offering a surprisingly rich menu of options for diners — and you don’t have to be a student to taste the goods. The latest issue of the college’s community newsletter says that “Montreat College welcomes community members and visitors to join us for Sunday lunch.” What’s more, the publication details the offerings for every Sunday in February — and an impressive menu it is, spanning eight or more items each week. Call 669-8012 for more information.
Scully’s return: The late, lamented Gypsy Moon, aka the Sofa Bar, shut down late last year, leaving many a downtown Asheville drinker wandering the streets, thirsty for something to come along and fill the beloved Walnut Street space that was also once home to the sleazy-yet-renowned Gatsby’s. Well, the wait is almost over. Scully’s, a darn good drinkery once located behind Zambra, plans to open at the former Gypsy Moon space in February, offering both booze and edibles. Stay tuned to Small Bites for more information.