Remember Bistango in Irvine? Back in my corporate days it was the sophisticated place to go for lunch on days when you could actually leave the office rather than inhaling a sandwich at your desk!
It’s been more than a few years since I dined at Bistango, but their summer special of paella, sangria, and sexy flamenco music (live!) is calling my name!
Bistango Gardens is the hidden alfresco dining area in the Atrium area adjacent to Bistango, and they’re looking to heat things up this summer with the debut of Spanish Wednesdays beginning June 8. Each week from 5 – 9 p.m., the Irvine restaurant will serve up Pequeña Paella ($12) and Sangria ($7) as flamenco music fills the night air.
Executive Chef Timothy Doolittle notes that paella is a classic Spanish rice dish made with seafood, vegetables, and a mix of various meats. Saffron and rosemary are typically added along with 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.”
An abundance of greenery including mature trees, plants and flowers create a relaxing outdoor environment with natural intimacy complete with the soothing sounds emanating from the centerpiece water fountain. 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.
Since opening its doors in 1987, Bistango has been a critically acclaimed and popular Orange County dining institution renowned for its diverse menu of fine American cuisine. An airy atmosphere and distinguished by fine art exhibits and airy white linen fabric suspended from the ceiling lending an aura of intimacy. An extensive cocktail list of classics and house specialties, a 400-bottle wine list heralded by Wine Spectator, and 20 craft beers by the bottle complement the menu offerings.
Bistango serves lunch and dinner Monday – Friday and dinner-only on Saturdays. Live entertainment can be enjoyed each evening in its sophisticated lounge adorned with original art work.
19100 Von Karman Avenue
949 – 752-5222