Nashville offers so many great options to choose from and we did drive several places to have meals during our stay a few weeks ago. Had I known I could save the gas, I would have walked across the parking lot from where we were set up MUCH, MUCH sooner! Recommended to us while we were in town this winter for the Antiques Show, Epice was tragically closed the night we went by to try and have dinner. The anticipation to return to town and try their food was almost greater than the anticipation of our first time popping-up in Nashville (ALMOST!).
While the walk across the parking lot was not more than 30 steps, it felt like an eternity as our curiosity and excitement rose. Walking in with no reservation on a busy weekend evening, we were greeted by the kindest faces (Gabe!) and a table was found for us with utmost haste! Epice. Epice. Epice. Oh how do I describe thee? Let me begin by saying, who knew the Lebanese made such a fantastically earthy red wine? How have we missed this memo?!
Our food started with hummos. One word. Tahini. And LOTS of it! The consistency of this hummos was otherworldly. Creamy beyond measure and just the right amount of garlic to ensure I would still receive a sweet kiss goodnight from my love interest. Next up was Al-Raheb, a roasted eggplant puree with tomatoes and spring onions. YUM! For our main course, we split the Sayadeya, which featured a barramundi exquisitely seasoned and paired with a light rice and caramelized onions. Again…YUM!
To top off our evening we finished with a traditional Lebanese dessert called Kenafah and some things are too special for me to even attempt to describe as I am not so good with the words. Sweet cheese. Mascarpone cheese. Shredded filo. Orange blossom. Syrup.
If you find yourself in Nashville, Epice is a MUST try during your visit! Ask for Gabe and give him a hug from Westcott and Dirk while you are there!