Taste is in a small space with a lot of ambiance. It is located inside the belt line just off Dixie Trail. http://thetastebar.com. The dim lighting and perfect spacing between tables gives you the leeway to have an intimate conversation even on the busiest of nights. I’ve visited a few times, and while I’m not blown away by any of the food, I always enjoy what I order. They offer drink deals every week night and have a good variation in small plates with fair prices.
On both occasions, I visited Taste on a Tuesday night to take advantage of their 1/2 price wine special. Their wine menu is not huge but it has a good variety of types of wines, all a little over priced (as wine bottles typically are) in my opinion. If you ask, they will certainly make suggestions based on what you like and what you are eating. We ordered a Malbec (original price $35) and it went very well with the food items we chose. Also, after finishing off the bottle, we ordered an additional glass of wine each. It was quite a generous pour!
My dinner companion and I typically order multiple small plates and share them, so that we can experience a larger portion of the menu. On this visit, we went with the baked brie to start.
It was a puff pastry stuffed with brie, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and pecans. It was topped with a buttery sweet drizzle. I enjoyed this dish but wished it was a little bigger, if I’m being honest. ($6)
For our second course, we went with the Arugula salad ($6) and the Caprese salad ($7). Both were large portions, well dressed, with interesting toppings. The goat cheese on the arugula salad was rich and creamy and paired very well with the cranberries and almonds. Delicious.
For our main small plate, we ordered the House Made Pot Stickers ($11) and the Pistachio Crusted Ahi Tuna ($13)
The potstickers were filled with ground pork and were well seasoned, but they were certainly over cooked. On the other hand, the tuna was very well done. The wasabi mayo had just the right amount of heat and went perfectly with the avocado and pistachios. I really enjoyed it.
For the final course, we ordered the bread pudding. It was filled with apples, topped with home made ice cream and a bourbon carmel sauce (which was the selling point for me).
It was good. Not great. The bread pudding was a little dry, but the ice cream and sauce were both fantastic.
Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with my food on both visits and have had great service both times. On this particular night, our waiter was a fantastic, helpful guy that stayed close but didn’t hover. I will certainly return on a 1/2 price wine night, may be not when I’m quite as hungry as I was on this visit.