Saturday, February 8, 2014

Epice: Lebanese Bistro!

Tabouleh: parsley • mint • tomatoes • bulgur wheat
The girls and I had an amazing dinner tonight at the new Lebanese Bistro on 12 South in Nashville, appropriately named Epice (French for "Spice") just a couple weeks after their opening. All I can say Maher Fawaz is "Well done sir, well done". Maher (the owner) stopped at our table a couple times to see how everything was. The host followed us out after dinner to ask "Who is Rose?” Yes, I'm the one who called you three times to change the # of attendees. We chatted for a bit and he thanked us for coming. 

I can honestly say in my 20 years in Nashville and out of the 100's (or rather 1000's) of restaurants I have tried in Nashville, around the country and world-wide - this is one of my favorites by far. Normally, I cringe at the idea of $40-$50 for a meal (no drinks included). But Epice was worth every penny I spent, and then some. Not a single regret - except I wish I could have eaten more.

Our server was very knowledgeable and beautiful - the spitting image of Zooey Deschanel. The appetizers came quickly. We ordered the Tabouleh, Al-Raheb (roasted eggplant purée), Fatayer (a trio of stuffed pies) and Sfeeha (flat bread with cured beef & cheese). 

Sfouf: Lebanese yellow cake • seasonal fruit salad •
orange blossom syrup
Now for entrees: Jie & I ordered the Sayadeya (cumin dusted barramundi with caramelized onions) - this was absolutely AMAZING. The fish was so tender you could hardly get it on a fork. Jie completely cleaned her plate and took a picture to prove it. Hope & Jennifer ordered the Tawook (marinated chicken brochette). Mary had the Epice Salad with the marinated chicken. Donna ordered the Batinjan (roasted eggplant with ground sirloin) and Cynthia had the Beyrouti (chickpea purée with ground sirloin and pine nuts). 

For dessert: The seven of us split the Pots de crème, Katayef (Lebanese crepes) and Sfouf (Lebanese yellow cake). The desserts were perfect, not overly sweet. I loved the fresh fruit served with each dessert - and oh, the fig. Loved the fig! 

Katayef: Lebanese crepe • sweet cheese • walnuts •
orange blossom infusion

Definitely an amazing dinner! Oh yea, I'll be back and I see it being VERY soon! 

General Info: 
2902 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for being my inspiration to blog! "One stop shopping" for my food posts.

  2. Very good start, Rose. The hardest one will be a restaurant that does not do well.

  3. Congrats on applying your sense of adventure via a blog, which is clean, crisp and tastefully written. Rose you are a gift, servicing up, quality time with foodies with whom enjoy the "MO" of each course. Yum, may I have another one...

    1. "Bite", I appreciate your positive comment. It's comments like yours that keep me inspired to continue posting. Expect another post coming this weekend about my favorite Korean restaurant. My only desire is to introduce people to my favorite places to eat.

  4. Congratulations on your first official blog! I am almost ashamed to admit that there are so many restaurants I do not know about since I have lived in Nashville for 32 years. I am glad you have now introduced me to Epice in this blog. I have some Lebanese heritage, so I am definitely going to try this restaurant!

    1. Bob, Thanks for your post. I have already received a positive feedback via FB on my review from someone who tried it on my recommendation. I hope you enjoy! And please post your comments here, I would love to know what you think.

  5. Phil Meyers told me about you. I'd love to chat sometime. I write blog also. Spinach Tiger, recipes and restaurants. I like that you find these off the path ones. Are you on facebook?My twitter is @spinachtiger. Would love to follow your twitter.

    1. Thank you, Angela. I found your page and bookmarked it. I would love to chat with you sometime too. Anytime you get food lovers together, only great things can come of it.