Taste – Aug. 2, 2012

She said – TAPAS! Five little letters that bring so much joy.

Taste was one of those new restaurants we’d passed idly and thought “yeah, we should try there one day” without ever making a plan to. As with most reviews on this blog, we ended up at Taste after our original plan to go to Cafe Koi fell through, and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

The restaurant is quite small and very intimate. There’s one cook in a small open kitchen and you get to watch him do his thing while waiting for your food. The menu is small and consists of sharing plates, divided evenly between hot options and cold, and charcuterie plates.

Despite my half-hearted protests of “really not that hungry,” I relented and agreed to share four plates with Zaidi. AND a dessert (to my everlasting shame). But the whole menu just sounded too good not to.

First up were the beef tacos, tied for my favourite plate of the night. The softness of the beef carpaccio and the crunchiness of the wonton shell made them tricky to eat, but there are no complaints about the taste!

Beef Tacos

Second was Chicken IN waffles, Taste’s take on a couple of classics. The chicken is fried in waffle batter and served in a sweet sauce on rice like Chinese chicken balls. I was opposed to this dish mainly out of guilt for my waistline and didn’t full love the taste. The chicken wasn’t greasy, but the whole dish was a little generically sweet.

Chicken IN waffles. Mind blown

Third was the rabbit tostada – more like a Mexican pizza! There were a lot of flavors on the pizza that were all complementary, but I couldn’t find a distinct taste of the rabbit. Ah well… like most things, it probably just tastes like chicken. Also tied for my fave.

Try to forget that what’s under all those toppings once had an adorable face

Fourth dish was the horse tartar. Ali couldn’t quite wrap his brain around the fact that you could actually order horse, so we had to try it. It’s a very adventurous choice, so if you’re not a fan of raw meat then you should probably steer clear. The meat and egg were quite fresh though, so we had no concerns about the safety.

Giddy up!

And finally – the dessert. It’s been too long since we ate here for me to remember much about this dish, just that this was a cheesecake in a mason jar with some form of berry compote and a piece of nut bark on top. The cheesecake was creamy and delicious, but the bark was a little burnt.

Cheesecake in a mason jar. Three cheers for portion control!

He said - I loved the dessert, atmosphere and creativity of the plates. As much as it hurts me to say it, Lady Ali pretty much nailed the restaurant, a beauty of a place. Small and romantic, this will be a repeater many times fo sho!

Ranking -

Location: 4 out of 5 “I Feels” (Victoria Park!)

Service: 4.5 out of 5 “Yay Hurrays” (Friendly, knowledgeable fellow!)

Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 “Purple Shirts” (very chic and minimalist)

Nicheness: 4 out of 5 “Green Tights” (not well known as yet… and how many places in the city serve horse??)

Price: 3 out of 5 “Overstuffed Wallets” (Definitely on the expensive side. Sadness forever)

Taste: 4.5 out of 5 “Jeepers” (With the exception of the chicken balls, everything was amazing).

Overall: 24.5/30 Yet another excellent contender! And who needs a boy to write a restaurant review.

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