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“Great for cocktails and noshing, but.....”
Review of Taste

Taste
Ranked #230 of 2,910 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great for cocktails and noshing, but.....”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

If your goal is casual and you love cocktails, this place is for you.

The bartender is incredible and they even lured this wine girl into having a cocktail (in part because the wine are offerings are so limited).

My friend gave the server two items that she wanted in her drink and the instructions to "make something fun with them." They added lavender essence and two other ingredients to make a one of a kind drink.

I choose the "Fallspice" which delivered the earthiness of the season along with a little fiery kick on a chilly night.

Beyond the drinks, the menu can be a challenge: We ordered some small plates to share.

And why is it, when you make it clear that you are sharing, that restaurants do not provide serving utensils?

We choose the mussels, the salt cod, and the braised oxtail.

The mussels (and I am VERY picky with mussels) were excellent. The broth mandated more bread in order to not leave any behind.

The salt cod - terrible, yes, terrible. In fact,it was taken off the check. Too Salty (even for salt cod) and bland.

Braised oxtail - redemption after the salt cod - so good that we ordered another.

Finally, a downside that the dessert offerings are an afterthought - none sounded good.

Which is a shame that they can't tap the pastry chef of their sister restaurant next door.

Or, is it a ploy to get you out faster because the small dark space is great for drinking and not intended for lingering diners???? Only Gerard will know.

  • Visited December 2011
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St. Louis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Sublime Cocktails”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

Taste is located in the Central West End (CWE), St. Louis' mini slice of Greenwich Village. The atmosphere is stylish, cozy, and warm. Headed up by Ted Kilgore, the cocktails are simply SUBLIME!! Ted has created some of the most inventive, tasty libations to be found anywhere. Categorized into taste preferences such as: Tart, bright, citrus: Crisp, light, aromatic: Full, dark, robust: Tart, spiced, savory. Each $10 bucks and worth every penny!

He has a love for old classic cocktails and has a collection of cocktails books from the 1800s that he uses as inspiration to create original masterpieces.

At his old establishment, Ted had created a Parisian (which was my favorite cocktail of all time) until I then had Ted's Subtle Hustle: Aperol, Cocchi Americano, Lemon, Passion Fruit, and Champagne. OMG! So delish!!

Others you might want to sample:You Can Ring My Bell, El Maestro, Stormy French, Food For Thought.

Taste also also has some delicious small plates. I will admit that the portions are smaller than I expected. The best bet for you money are the match stick thin fries with a lemon aioli, $5 bucks. Very crisp and yummy! Other selections:mussels $10, cheese board $12. I was disappointed with the scallops ( or should I say scallop ).

You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a intimate, classy spot to share a cocktails and nosh with someone you enjoy!

  • Visited November 2011
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