If summer isn’t already expected to see temperatures rise, Bistango Gardens, the hidden alfresco dining area adjoining the critically acclaimed restaurant by the same name, is sure to heat things up with the debut of Spanish Wednesdays starting June 8. Each week from 5 – 9 p.m., the Irvine restaurant will serve up pequeña paella ($12) and sangria ($7) (tax & gratuity not included) as flamenco music fills the night air. Space is limited.
Executive Chef Timothy Doolittle says that paella is a classic Spanish rice dish made with seafood, vegetables, a mix of various meats or a combination of one or more of these. Saffron and rosemary are typically added as are other herbs and spices to lend a lively flavor. Paella originated in Valencia in the eastern coast of Spain in ancient times.
“We are delighted to announce Spanish Nights at Bistango Gardens each Wednesday through the summer,” said owner John Ghoukassian. “I can't think of a better way to celebrate ‘hump day’ than by enjoying paella and sangria while listening to live music in a gorgeous environment.”
With mature trees, plants and flowers creating natural intimacy and an enormous circular fountain as its centerpiece, the patio offers conventional dining, private cabanas for larger groups and high-top cocktail tables for those seeking a more casual experience. Oversized red umbrellas offer plenty of shade.
Bistango has been a critically acclaimed and popular Orange County dining institution since opening its doors in 1987. It is renowned for its diverse menu of fine American cuisine set in an airy atmosphere and distinguished by fine art exhibits and white linen fabrics that suspend from the ceiling to lend intimacy. An extensive cocktail list of classics and house specialties and a 400-bottle wine list that was heralded by Wine Spectator round out the offerings. Also available are 20 craft beers by the bottle, which include some difficult to acquire selections.
Bistango serves lunch and dinner weekdays and dinner-only Saturdays. Live entertainment can be enjoyed each evening in its sophisticated lounge where couples may enjoy dancing the night away. Bistango is located at The Atrium (19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine). For more information visit www.bistango.com or call (949) 752-5222.