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Taste Restaurant Review

Taste on Melrose; an ultra hip urban bistro. Stepping into Taste on Melrose feels like entering your own home, the décor of soft browns and deep reds. Their menu is eclectic California and urban cuisine meets comfort food, resulting in well balanced and artfully presented dinner choices designed to be surprising sensory delights. Delectable appetizers and entrees, including ahi tuna tartare, pear and caramelized onion pizzetta. Main course highlights here include fennel seed crusted ahi tuna,
cumin spiced pork chop with mojo sauce. The weekend brunch - crab cake
Benedict, French toast and more – tastes as good as it looks.

A nice open bar, for happy hour daily, spills forth with diverse cocktails
and an extensive wine list to pair with delicately prepared
seafood, urban flavors, and unique desserts.


Located on Melrose, which is an area that supports numerous great eateries, many
of which have been listed among the city’s most popular restaurants. One of these is Taste on Melrose. Over the years it has gained a solid reputation for offering cutting edge cuisine and attentive service, along with an atmosphere conducive to an enjoyable evening of convivial conversation and fine dining. 

This chic, vibrant bistro is tucked neatly into a neighborhood shared by several
upscale dining establishments and features a home like feeling, which helps to
create a loft-like feel, even though the restaurant is located at street level.
Once inside, the savvy urban décor and huge cocktail bar lend a
truly cosmopolitan feel to the sectional dining areas.


After we were seated, our knowledgeable server, Kevin, started us off
with a couple of their signature cocktails. My guest selected their
New Castle Brown Ale, and I had a nice Brut Champagne.

Cripy Smoked Salmon Spring Roll

Kevin then brought us a selection of appetizers. We started with a Cripy Smoked Salmon Spring Roll, beautifully presented with Smoked Salmon, Red Cabbage, Cremini Mushroom, Red Pepper, Cilantro, Served with Sweet Chili Sauce.
A wonderful way to start, this was a unique appetizer
that tasted great, it was delicious!

Grille Romaine Salad                                 Ravioli of the Day

Taste on Melrose uniquely delicious Grille Romaine, with sliced Season
Apple, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Gongonzola dressing, was
a rich, creamy and toothsomely elegant salad.

Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Pizzetta

As was their flavorful, Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Pizzetta, served with Chicken Breast, Roasted Vegies, Mint Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. All of these dishes achieved the desired effect of waking up our palates, while not filling us up to the point where we were unable to appreciate the rest of the meal yet to come.

Taste on Melrose’ Chef de Cuisine, Sejuin Park, brought his specials of the night,
our entrées displayed commendable taste and diversity, the Ravioli of the Day,
was absolutely to die for, prepared with Wayja Beef, Black Truffle, Porcini Mushrooms on a Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce topped with Grana Padano
cheese, it was one of the best ravioli’s I have ever tasted!

Fennel Seed Crusted Ahi Tuna

The Fennel Seed Crusted Ahi Tuna was light and delicate. Served atop a
Coconut Seet Chili Sauce, Potato Croquettes, and a Chayote
Squash Salad, it was the consummate island delight.

Cumin Spiced Pork Chop with Mojo Sauce

Our final entrée was the Cumin Spiced Pork Chop, with Mojo Sauce, White Truffel Oil & Mushroom with Mac & cheese, and Sauteed Rapini, on the other hand, it was quite continental and steeped in traditional style. The tender pork meat teamed up
well with the carefully Mac & cheese. Once again, Kevin came to the rescue with
the perfect wine accompaniment; Cinnabar, a Bordeaux blend from California’s central coast, which is comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc and Merlot. It proved to be velvety smooth and ripe with complexity.

Crème Brulee

Our sumptuous repast was topped off with a delicious rich crème brulee,
along with a glass of Port that we had the pleasure of sipping.

Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

By the time we finally left the festive surroundings, we almost wondered if it were actually a Friday night rather than the middle of the workweek. After reaching our
car, however, it became clear that many surrounding restaurants and bars were
not nearly as busy. This reality testifies to the fact that, once upscale diners
have found a place that truly meets their standards; they are likely to
return to enjoy the happy experience again and again.

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Article by: Mary Adams
Photos by: Chris Marx

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