I’m a sucker for new restaurants, so when trendy hotspot The Nightingale opened in Old Town Temecula, Sean and I just HAD to give it a try.
The fact that The Nightingale is only open for dinner (and weekend brunch) and requires reservations was another draw. I’m a sucker for exclusivity as well.
All I can say is that we were NOT disappointed. After starting with a refreshing glass of ACTUAL champagne, not sparkling wine, it was time for appetizers.
We started with crispy potato fingerlings with mushroom aioli and espelette pepper, as well as curried hummus with naan, tomato, cucumber and kalamata olives. Both dishes were absolutely amazing! I’d never had hummus with curry spices in it – and now I’m wondering why this dish isn’t more popular! I’m also a fan of aioli on everything, and these potatoes were no exception.
As Cacio e Pepe is one of my favorite dishes, I just had to go for it when I saw it on the menu. I’m glad I did! It was so cheesy, I was in heaven.
Sean chose the filet mignon with potato puree and Thumbelina carrots, which came out looking like a piece of art and, according to him, tasting even better.
I can’t wait to come back to this neighborhood gem ASAP!