We stopped in at Temple on Monday night for Restaurant Week. I’ll skip a description of the restaurant since that is covered in today’s ProJo. http://www.projo.com/food/content/tem...
We sat at the bar for dinner. My dining companion was not happy that they didn’t have Absolute or Kettle One Vodka. I ordered a glass of wine ($5.50 - $16.50). They had a good sized by the glass list with ~16 red and whites to select from. My wine was good, but the fruit flies also thought my wine was good and I had to keep swatting them away. The music was very loud and club like. We ordered the stuffies to munch on while looking over the restaurant week menu and deciding what we wanted. There were 5 stuffies. The presentation was very nice, in a hot casserole dish atop faux newspaper, with a lemon. There was very heavy breading with a few clam bits.
We both ordered from the Restaurant Week Menu. They had many different selections to choose from. I had the Crispy Point Judith Calamari, pecorino, backyard herbs for my appetizer. The herbs were very strong which I liked. The calamari was crisp and nicely fried. It was served with a marinara sauce, but I really preferred the calamari with just the herbs and pecorino. My entrée was the Clay Pot Mussels with garlic, saffron, a “gansett” served with Temple Fries. This was a very generous serving with at least 20 Mussels. The broth was very good. This was served with a side of temple fries were herb seasoned. They were very tasty, especially soaked on the mussel broth. My dessert was Flourless Chocolate Cake. I was stuffed and couldn’t eat this. I did bring it home to eat later and enjoyed it the next night.
My dining companion ordered the Mushroom, Fontina, Crescenza Cheese Flatbread with sea salt and white truffle order. This flatbread had an ultra thin crust and was very crispy. Parts of the edges and higher parts of the crust were burnt (black) and the burnt taste was very strong when you hit one of these spots on the flatbread. Otherwise, this tasted good. His entrée was the Angus Beef Burger with organic cheddar, bacon, onion jam, also served with Temple Fries. The burger was prepared as ordered, medium rare. It was a very thick burger. His dessert was the Cookie Sandwich, which was two very large chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream. The dessert portion was enormous and could have easily been shared by two or three people.
With the exception of the calamari, all of the portions were very generous. Everything was good. No highlights or stand out dishes, but everything was good. We would probably return for drinks and appetizers in the bar and would possibly return for dinner.
There are still some minor service kinks to work out, but I’ll let them slide since they have only been open for a couple of weeks.