By Liz Richell
Tucked away in the middle of an unpretentious strip mall at 774 N. Tustin in Orange is Truffle Bistro. Here you will find an appetizing mix of Greek/Mediterranean, souvlaki and other lamb dishes; Italian, arancini and pasta dishes; Spanish, paella and seafood stew, to mention just a few. Add a ribeye or grilled salmon, and you may have difficulty deciding what to order from this eclectic menu.
The bistro prides itself on tapas, or small plates, which can create an interesting dinner selection for one, or a lot of different tastes to share with a group. The tapas choices list a good variety, with stuffed dates, mussels and clams, salmon carpaccio, spanakopita, chicken wings, a Cajun artichoke, Brussels sprouts and many more.
We selected from the entrée menu and Frank gave thumbs up to the polo picata, tender chicken served with the traditional lemon and caper sauce and a selection of fresh veggies and potatoes. I could not turn down a lamb shank. This brought on a mild food coma as I feasted on the tender, succulent chunks of falling-off-the-bone meat, slow cooked to create a wonderfully tasty sauce and served over Arborio rice. Absolutely yummy!
An extensive wine list is available, including individual glasses at $7-8. Servers will be pleased to help you pair appropriate libations with your meal choices. Food prices are reasonable: tapas range from $6-12; entrees from $16-24.
Chef Henry came to America from Denmark. He first became interested in food preparation while working as a sous chef during his college years in his native country. He opened his first restaurant in California in 1995. After it became successful and expanded, he sold it to his brother in order to return to Europe to further hone his culinary skills, emphasizing preparations from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Henry then returned to Orange where he has lived since 2004.
Truffle Bistro is a delightful addition to our local eateries and I strongly recommend a visit – soon. Be aware that this is a very cozy (read small) café and to ensure your table, it is best to call (714) 363-3333. You are invited to enjoy dinner between 4:30-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., Fri.-Sun. until 9:30 p.m.
Bon appétit – and remember to say that you heard about the bistro in the Foothills Sentry.