I dine several times a week throughout the U.S. for business purposes and brought a group of 12 clients to Taste for the first time last night. This restaurant has received accolades as one of the top 50 U.S. restaurants by Open Table and several other highly reputable critics and foodies alike, so we made the drive from Sacramento to give it a shot.
Here’s what we pleasantly found:
Food: A terrific selection of appetizers – the mushroom cigars are an absolute must and the crab spring rolls are a close second! Main courses – Fresh seafood, lamb, pork and other selections that will please almost everyone with well prepared veggies. Desserts – Simply said, decadent…Need I say more.
Presentation: Not giant proportions for those looking to gorge themselves, but properly sized and put together with fine preparation.
Wine Selection: You’re in Zin country and a solid selection is available…try the Young’s or Fiddletown. Granted not big names, but you’ll enjoy. One of the owners is a sommelier who is well in touch with the local wineries. Another plus, Taste does not mark-up their wines to exorbitant levels. Young’s Zin was $40 at Taste and about the same price if purchased at the winery.
Atmosphere: From the outside you’ll wonder whether you’re lost. One step inside and you’ll know you arrived. Tastefully decorated and lit. I also heard not to be seated in the back of the restaurant due to the temperature. We did not find this to be the case, but the front dinning area is more pleasant from an asthetic standpoint.
Service: I read this was a concern by in a previous review. From the time we were at the bar to the time we finished our dinner, we had friendly and prompt service at this family-run restaurant and were treated as family friends. Amanda and Alicia had timely recommendations and even suggested wine/food pairings that really hit perfectly.
Location: It’s a bit out of the way, but very well worth the drive for an outstanding dinning experience. If you can couple your dinner with a weekend wine tasting trip to Amador County, you’re even better off. However, it was not a tough trek to/from Sacramento.
Price: You would easily pay three to four times what Taste charges at comparable restaurants. No main course at Taste was over $30.
Bottom-line and it should be obvious by the review, Taste is a treat.
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