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Recent "Taste" Visit - Berkeley

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Recent "Taste" Visit - Berkeley

A Amore | Jun 24, 2006 03:21 PM

My better half and I went to Taste last evening to check out what all the buzz was about. Overall it was an interesting experience - a tightly packed juxtaposition of wine store, takeout food, Euro vending wine tasting, and serious food restaurant. I'm not sure how you would ever actually explore their wine for retail sale - since it would require you to disturb virtually every dining guest. The wine tasting selection has an intersting chosen selection - 10% of retail bottle cost gets you 1 oz. We decided to just have tastings throughout our meal - luckily we were seated right next to the vending or it would have been MUCH less convenient, as the seating is very closely spaced. A $50 vending card allowed us each to have 5 one ounce tastes each (10 total).

All of the food was good! The crab cakes were fresh and virtually all meat and the accompaning citrus sections and mint gelee was an interesting complement. Lots of other appetizers seemed to have other gelee flavors. We order the pork chop with roasted corn, and tomato tart - really good pork, great fresh corn, a flabby cherry tomato tart. We also got the "surf and turf": seared ahi and beef short rib. The ahi was fresh but virtually flavorless; the shortrib was rich and tasty, but only a single tiny rib (2" long)with 2 bites of meat.

Overall, the ingredient quality was fantastic. Some hits and misses and the size of dishes seem to vary dramatically. 3 dishes (crab cakes, pork chop, surf and turf) and %50 wine card - Total bill for two: $134

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