Our winning streak of hitting great neigborhood restaurants over the past month (Joe's, Angeli, Max) continued today with Taste on Melrose just east of La Cienega and Lucques. Saturday lunch is often a mixed bag when it comes to offerings so a friend and I were grateful when they turned up as an option. I'd been once before for dinner about six months ago, maybe, and enjoyed it quite a bit. This was his first time.
My friend was so satisfied with the two starters, a good size plate of fried calamari that were nicely breaded with a biting aioli for $8 and two plump crab cakes in a whole grain mustard sauce for $9, that he's already made plans to return next Friday. I liked my Cobb Salad for $13.25 with Gorgonzola instead of Bleu and the effective addition of walnut oil in the dressing and we both liked his salmon fettucine with asparagus and peppers with a slight smoky taste in a light cream sauce for $14.25. Dessert was a fresh pear tart with a creme fraiche sorbet for $6.50. With two iced teas, one traditional and the other a Republic of Tea ginger peach, our bill came to $60 but we ordered too much. We only needed one of the appetizers and probably should not have ordered dessert but there you have it.
The staff and service were so congenial that when the hostess needed a patio heater moved two customers jumped up to help. Infectiously great place.