Another great groupon.com find: Taste on Melrose. This past weekend, Cher (a.k.a. my most frequent commenter!) and I had our taste of Taste for dinner. The restaurant is adorable with a trendy twist, and a lovely patio outside facing Melrose. We were greeted with a friendly waitress who knew the menu inside and out.
For drinks, we ordered mocktails:) I can’t recall the fancy names, but the red one on the left had mint, raspberries, soda water and possibly something else. It tasted just like a raspberry mojito. I went with the orange mocktail on the right, which had mango puree, orange juice and soda water, essentially a fancy schmancy smoothie:
To start, we ordered the ahi tuna tartare–ahi tuna, avocado, mint, dill and jicama, served with spicy aioli and crostini:
I could’ve eaten 5 of these. The tuna was fresh, the crostini was buttery and the aioli complimented everything with just the right amount of spicy kick.
There are few things in the world better than piping hot crispy baked cheese. And when you break through this crispy layer, what you find after the truffle oil-infused steam dissipates is ooey, gooey cheesy amazingness, coating macaroni shells with a few mushrooms thrown into the mix. Both of us were scraping the bottoms of the ramekins they were served in. I couldn’t get enough of this.
We also ordered the same thing for our main dish, kobe beef meatballs with pine nuts, golden raisins and caramelized onions, served atop linguine with white truffle cheese fondue. The meatballs were good, but not spectacular, especially following the ahi tuna tartare and mac and cheese. I’m usually not a big fan of creamy pasta sauces, but this white truffle cheese fondue made plain linguine incredible. It wasn’t heavy like an alfredo sauce, and was jam-packed full of cheesy truffley flavors.
And for the sweet finales, a chocolate brioche bread pudding:
and creme brulee:
The creme brulee wasn’t mind-blowing, but a solid dessert, better than some but not all. The chocolate brioche bread pudding was divine. Cher isn’t much of a sweets or chocolate person, but thought this was incredible. It’s this wonderfully sweet brioche with streaks of melted chocolate woven throughout, topped with vanilla ice cream…mmm…
The wait staff was pleasant and knew their food. The kitchen moved a little faster than we could eat (we had 2 courses on our table throughout dinner), but it wasn’t much of a bother. Overall, I give Taste a B/B+. Minus the meatballs and awkward serving timing, it was a delicious, filling and at times inventive meal. Kudos to Taste for a tasty dinner:)
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