Posted by: guythinks | October 16, 2009

Taste on Melrose

For my final dineLA Restaurant, I decided to dine at Taste on Melrose. My two foodie friends Talia and Tony joined me this past Monday, October 12, for this dinner. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we were seated right away. The restaurant is small but really cute. They have a covered patio in the front and the restaurant has these huge windows that open up. We sat inside right by one of these windows so it was like we were sitting inside but not.

As we were browsing the menu we noticed they had half off all bottles of wine on Mondays. We definitely took advantage of that and ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio to accompany our meals, which brings me to why we’re all here. The food.

white truffle oil & mushroom mac & cheese

White Truffle Oil and Mushroom Mac & Cheese is what I ordered for my appetizer. This mac & cheese is baked in an oven so when it comes out it’s really hot so make sure not to burn your tongue otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy the rest of your meal. The smell of this dish was delightful. It had a smokey scent, almost bacon like, that was from the cheese, which I am assuming was smoked gouda. I made sure not to burn my tongue and as I took my first bite I immediately tasted the truffle oil and the smokey cheese. A really good mac & cheese dish.

black tiger shrimp cocktail

Black Tiger Shrimp Cocktail with Chipotle cocktail sauce. I wasn’t able to taste this dish but I was assured by Talia, who ordered it, that there was nothing special about this shrimp cocktail and that it tasted just like any other. By the looks of it I wasn’t going to argue.

grilled peach salad

Grilled Peach Salad has organic mixed greens, avocado, toasted almonds, gorgonzola, and a white peach vinaigrette. This is a really light and refreshing salad that is perfect for the summer. I’m sure it’s a big hit at the restaurant during the season. The vinaigrette was subtle and so was the cheese, surprisingly. I am not one who likes Gorgonzola, or blue cheese for that matter. The toasted almonds added some texture to the salad. All in all a very good salad and simple to make too.

kobe beef meatballs

Two giant Kobe Beef Meatballs are made with Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins, and Caramelized Onions. Served on top of linguine and in a White Truffle Cheese Fondue, these meatballs are so soft and juicy. The meat just melts in your mouth. They could have added a few more raisins in there because I think I only got like one or two raisins in both meatballs. I remember tasting the raisin towards the end and saying, “Oh, I think there’s raisins in here.” As for the linguine and the fondue, the flavor was great and the pasta was cooked perfectly. A very successful dish in my opinion but at the same time, not something extraordinary or special.

chicken cannelloni

The Chicken Cannelloni is made with Sweet Crêpes stuffed with chicken, Aged White Cheddar Cheese, and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. Topped with Broccolini and Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes in a Cremini Mushroom Marsala sauce. This dish was very creamy, but the flavor was really intense. Everything came together really well in this dish.

pan roasted salmon

Pan Roasted Salmon on top of fruit infused Israeli Cous Cous, Organic Baby Arugula, and topped with a Ginger Jelly. I was reluctant to taste this dish because of all fish, Salmon is my least favorite. Don’t ask me why, I just really don’t like the taste or the smell. However, I couldn’t not at least taste a dish that looked so delicious. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised. The Ginger Jelly and the fruity cous cous covered up the strange flavor of the Salmon to me and it was indeed a very tasty dish.

chocolate brioche bread pudding

For dessert I had the Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise and Vanilla Gelato. This definitely satisfies someone with a sweet tooth but I don’t think it’s a bread putting to write home about. The Vanilla Gelato was very good though.

port poached pear tarte

Poached Pear Tart served with Sweet Crème Fraîche was also nothing spectacular. In reality, although the flavor was okay, the tart was flat and dry and the Crème Fraîche was a little odd.

That concluded our meal at Taste on Melrose. Thanks to Talia and Tony who joined me. What I got from this restaurant was good, solid food, but nothing special or different.

Next week, I will be recapping my dineLA dining adventures with my favorite dishes from each restaurant and my overall favorite. I will also let you know which restaurant gave the best deal between the three. I will also let you all know what my plans will be for the future of this blog since dineLA: Restaurant week officially ends today. You can expect all that early next week.

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