A New and Improved Temple Downtown Restaurant + Lounge

Based on the atmosphere alone, Temple has always been one of my favorite places to visit in Providence.  I’ve always loved the ambiance and its masonic inspired interior. Although this was my first time visiting Temple in a number of years (not sure what has taken me so long to return), it instantly reminded me why I have always loved this place so much to begin with.

I remember many weekends where I would relax in their cool and trendy lounge. It’s a room that resembles a sanctuary, yet warm and inviting, with plush couches along the perimeter. It is illuminated by bright yellow candles that reflect off walls of graffiti, creating a dark and mysterious setting.

I knew a lot had changed since my last visit to Temple, including the menu, so I was excited to be invited back for an exclusive Press Dinner. I was anxious to experience the new and improved Temple!

Inside the lounge

The focal wall

A peek inside the restaurant

One of the biggest changes for Temple is that they now have an eclectic, Mediterranean menu with some Moroccan flare. Chef David Cardell has created a new Fall menu which takes these Mediterranean influences and combines them with seasonal ingredients. Some of these dishes include Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Ravioli, Pumpkin and Pancetta Flatbread, Ossobuco Milanese with late-harvest Vegetables, Pan-seared Salmon with Fennel Pollen and Roasted Orzo, and many other delicious dishes.

For my dinner, Chef David Cardell decided to cook some special dishes not found on Temple’s regular menu. Here are some pictures from my meal.

Seared Squab with Pan Roasted Seckel Pears, Foie Gras, and Caramelized Chestnut Honey

Fennel Encrusted Spanish Mackerel with Pea Shoots, and Local Creamer Potatoes

Aged Mahon, Cabrales, and Fresh Fruit

In a way, I wish I was able to taste some of the signature Fall dishes to get a better feel for the newly inspired Mediterranean/Seasonal menu. Nonetheless, I am sure I will return again soon enough to try the Fall menu first-hand. Problem solved!

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