In my opinion Alex Mchaikhi, owner of "M Wood Fired Oven" has hit the mark in opening "Ash" in the former space which "Cumin" occupied, 3520 Erie Ave Cincinnati 45208 (513) 871-8714.
Three of us had dinner there, last night, the second night of operations. Beside a couple of minor flaws, as they get accustom to the new menu, it was really outstanding.
"Ash" is operating on the premise that "Cumin" had lost it's way and was growing too pricey. This new endeavor wants to fill the slot of a relaxed, neighborhood, informal, while upscale, meeting place with outstanding food and still reasonable pricing. Hopefully they have succeeded.
Marilyn and our guest shared most of their items. They started with and interesting warm mushroom and shredded Brussels sprout salad, delicious. That was followed by a vegetarian lasagna, again heavy on mushrooms, of several varieties, and fresh tomato's with a light mixture of cheeses mixed is a medium, smooth sauce. Lastly they finished with a warm Apple Crumble presented with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A lovely caramel sauce accented that whole dish.
I tackled a "Wedge" Salad, large enough to split ($9) with all the regulars; cherry tomatoes, blue cheese. corn bread croutons and an extra addition, pickled asparagus strips. My main ($20) was Paella including mussels, scallops, shrimp, slices of cured chorizo and shreds of chicken. The Paella came in a very hot stone bowl which held it's, and the contents, heat through out the meal. In my mind this called for a large glass of "draft" beer.
A quick glance at the menu showed all items priced by category. Salads $9, Burgers, in many different combinations, $15, Mains $20 and Sides $5.
The concept is great and the food wonderful. Give "Ash a try".