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I got contacted via Digest LA the other day to come by Taste Restaurant on Melrose. They also have a location in the Palisades. I was so excited. It was my first dinner on the house as a food blogger. I have arrived! What was going to happen? Would we eat a regular meal or get lots of small plates prepared by the chef to showcase their food? The dinner was going to be a welcome treat after a long and exhausting weekend at Startup Weekend LA. I grabbed my buddy Kendra and headed over to Taste for our reservation at 7 PM.

Taste is a small restaurant on Melrose near La Cienega with an outdoor area out front. My first surprise was that we were having dinner with Andrew, who had invited me on behalf of the restaurant.

Pomegranate Basil Sangria

Pomegranate Basil Sangria

Andrew suggested the special cocktail of the month, Pomegranate Basil Sangria. Every month, Taste has a different featured cocktail. I had the Mango Mojito, but Kendra was very happy with the sangria.


Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

For starters, we had Tuna Tartare, Thai Chicken Cups and Fried Calamari. All were pretty good, but surprisingly the fried calamari was the best. I normally find fried calamari greasy and gross, but this was delicious. Unfortunately, fried calamari is not nearly as photogenic as tuna tartare.
Steak Salad

Steak Salad

For dinner, I ordered the Steak Salad. Kendra had the Risotto. The steak in the salad was cooked a perfect tender medium rare. Delicious! Kendra’s risotto was very undercooked, but it is supposed to be one of the best things at Taste so maybe it was a fluke.

Plum Crisp Dessert

Plum Crisp Dessert

And for dessert, plum crisp. I am always a sucker for a good fruit crisp. ¬†As usual, I was the only person who ate any dessert. Is this an LA thing? I hate eating dessert alone. So my first blogger dinner wasn’t exactly what I imagined, but I still got to try out food at a new place, which was the intention of starting this blog in the first place. Here’s to more invitations!

toast at First & Hope

toast at First & Hope

Me: I went to a restaurant the other night where the theme is Supper Club and the waitstaff uniforms were designed by the costume designer from Mad Men.

My sister: LA is weird.

LA is weird is right. Never go to a restaurant that spends more energy on waitstaff uniforms than on their food. First & Hope in Downtown LA clearly does that. They also spend a lot of time on presentation.

oyster

oyster - the best of the worst

mac and cheese

mac and cheese

tater tots

tater tots - the worst of the worst

I think I should also make a rule not to go to restaurants that feature food from the 50s and 60s. The middle of the 20th century was a terrible time for American cuisine. Just because fashion was awesome then doesn’t mean you should build a restaurant around it.