Last week was the opening of TASTE Resto Lounge at 560 Seymour Street, in downtown Vancouver. It is next door to the nightclub, FIVESIXTY, so you may want to have a nibble here before dancing the night away.
On this evening we were served mini versions of the share plate menu items. Upon entering TASTE, you are struck by the red glass chandeliers, giving a Gothic or Bordello type atmosphere, depending on who you ask. At the back of the room is a long table, where you can sit with your friends, and make new friends, while you eat and drink, and view the featured artists’ paintings on the walls.
Sharing Plates Samples
We were given tastings of:
- charcuterie, with a mix of sausages, prosciutto, capicollo, artisanal cheese, and sweet pickled beets
- house smoked chicken liver pate with capicollo, pickled beets, pesto, onion marmalade on a crostini
- bacon chutney with pear and brie stack and a chimmichurri sauce on a crostini
- a salad of roma tomatoes, fresh Bocconcini with diced cucumber and white balsamic pesto
I think my favourite item was the chicken liver pate. Lots of flavour, and paired nice with a glass of prosecco. All of the ingredients, I was told, are local and organic by Executive Chef Renaldo Decembrini.
Wine and Other Drinks
The wine list has a range of wines from around the world, but BC wines were missing. It would be nice to add in one white and one red in the list. The food and wine list were designed to be complementary and they have some selections with food and wine pairings on a chalk board beside the long table in the back of TASTE.
On the white wine side, you can enjoy a glass of Marisco the Ned Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, full of herbal character, and have with a salad. The Canti Prosecco as I mentioned to go with the chicken liver pate. Try the Fritz Riesling or the Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc with the charcuterie.
There are 2 Argentinean Malbecs to choose; Pascual Toso and Dona Paula. I did have a sip of the Marques de la Mancha Tempranillo, very full bodied, lots of dark fruit and very smooth and silky. Definitely would pair nicely with the charcuterie or their house smoked beef tenderloin.
In addition, there are some BC/Canadian beers on tap. They also invented some cocktails that are meant to pair with their share plates. I did not have a chance to try these, but maybe on my next visit.
I wish TASTE Resto-Lounge the best of luck in their launch.