Almost everyone has heard of Northern California’s wine country around Nappa Valley. But the Southern Wine Country is fantastic and doing well around Temecula. With such, Old Town Temecula has some great dining experiences including a Mediterranean Cuisine stop just on the Northend of Old Town you have to try….Come see Soro’s Mediterranean Grill (28464 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA).
Started by Papa Soro, and run by him and his family since 2009, this restaurant brings a strong Mediterranean influence to the cuisine scene of Temecula. As noted from their website, “At Road Shows, people would not only comment on how delicious Papa’s creations were, but they would also ask for hommus-based recipes, adding that they, [Soro Family], should open up their own restaurant.” The flavors of the Mediterranean with Middle Eastern influences combine to provide fantastic dishes that you should come and try. Check out their website, http://www.sorosgrilltemecula.com/, and let it be your guide to some fantastic food when in town.
My wife and I started off with a great recommendation from our server Chad, the Saganaki. Prepared and served table-side with fresh pita slices, this dish takes imported feta and uses a brandy to flambe the cheese till soft. Drizzled with fresh lemon juice, you have nothing else to say but Opa! I want more.
My wife and I are both fond of having fish any time we can while in California, this nite was no different for her. She partook of the Shrimp Curry which had a well balanced depth of flavor. In some curry’s you get a strong sense of the coconut milk or one of the hot spices, this one was mild and well balanced. The curry did not over-power the shrimp, but enhanced the flavors. It is served over Bismatti rice, with a fresh seasonal salad and pickled veggies. Smooth, creamy with a soft and subtle warmth, pair this dish with a pinot grigo or sweeter white wine and you will dine in heaven.
I elected to go with a entree recommended by Chad, choosing Soro’s Favorite Beef. A sliced grilled marinated filet mignon, sauteed with mushrooms and onions, and served with a brown burgundy red wine sauce. The beef is platted over Basmati rice, with a seasonal salad and pickled vegetables, it was all I could do not to take some home. The beef was grilled to a perfect medium, and the burgundy red wine sauce added a depth of richness that upon sensing this dish on the table one’s mouth begins to water. Paired with a glass of Leonesse Cellars, Syrah (Temecula 07), I did not want this dish to end.
The atmosphere is friendly and warm. The patio seating and dinning under the shade, makes for a perfect evening out with friends and loved ones. You might be sitted around strangers, but the staff treats you like family and soon you feel like your home. Papa Soro and his family have a created a fabulous restaurant that when in Temecula you have got to check it out.