This past Friday, my wife and I visited the Savory Tastes Cafe in Reading, MA. We have been regulars at this place for over a year. The Cafe, located on Rt.28, is an intimate spot, holding maybe 12-15 tables.
Their new summer menu had recently started and we looked forward to tasting their new dishes. The Cafe changes their menu four times a year, with each new season. The new summer menu was similar in some ways to last year's summer menu, but contained some new dishes as well.
Their menu contains several appetizers, a couple soups, several salads, a number of entrees and several desserts. There is plenty of variety, including poultry, beef, and seafood, so most people will be able to find something they like. Portions are generous so you definitely will not leave hungry. Prices are also very reasonable, with appetizers averaging about $10 and entrees $20. They have a small wine list but with numerous reasonably priced choices from all over the world. One of our favorites is the Panther Creek Pinot Noir, from Oregon, which is $32 a bottle. (I know that this bottle sells retail for $20).
On this visit, we began with the Basil Crab Cake and the Croque Madame. The crab cake was thick, stuffed full of crabmeat, with an interesting combination of spices. My wife thinks it is probably the best crab cake she has ever had. The Croque Madame consisted of four triangular shaped sandwiches, on a thin, grilled toast. They tasted delicious, with a tender ham and plenty of cheese. Served with the sandwiches was a bowl of sliced cherry tomatoes in a light vinegerette. The tomatoes were sweet and were an excellent accompaniment to the sandwiches.
We then had bowls of the two soups that were available, the grilled corn & fish chowder and the chilled vodka, honeydew & cucumber soup. The chowder was excellent, as always, and they do not skimp on the fish. It is not a heavy chowder base. The chowder is basically made to order as well. Though the base is made beforehand, the corn and fish are cooked when you order the chowder and then added to the base. The chilled soup was very different, a style of soup I have not had before. But it was very interesting, almost like a slush but without the ice. It had a predominantly melon flavor and you could not detect the vodka. My wife enjoyed the soup alot.
My wife then had the fresh fig salad while I had the barbecued sirloin steak. The salad was quite large and contained fresh figs and prosciutto wrapped cantelope. I sampled some of the salad and everything was very fresh and quite delicious. My steak was superb, cooked rare, just as I ordered, and was a large piece of beef. It had been dry rubbed and the spices were both sweet and spicy, combining for a tantalizing taste. The frites were also spiced, more of a spicy flavor, and were excellent as well. It also came with fresh, grilled asparagus. My wife shared some of my meal and also loved all of it.
We had no room for dessert on this trip though we have had their desserts before. They have a rich flourless chocolate cake and a combination of white and chocolate mousse. The desserts do vary as well with the seasons though certain ones remain all year. On one of my previous trips, I ordered an apple cinnamon tart. Though it was tasty and I ate it all, I felt that it would have been better if it were heated. I mentioned this later to the waitress and the Chef himself later came out with a heated tart for me.
We have taken or sent numerous friends and family to this restaurant. Each and everyone of them has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. And a number of them have become regular customers there as well. None of them have regretted dining there. I highly recommend this place.
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