‘Tasty’ Night Out

The Taiwanese eclectic restaurant chain, Tasty,  won’t leave you wishing for the West. When asked, they don’t even have chopsticks on request. This six-course meal, plus the drink as the chaser, comes from only a few selected entrees . But, they don’t need many.

We begin our night with shrimp a la asparagus. That is no hollandaise sauce; it’s more likely yellow mustard and mayo with a dash of… something else. Most of the most delicious food is often the most simple.

Shrimp & Asparagus Appetizer
Quickly follows the salad, topped with dried fruit and bacon, served with a delectable cup of Caesar. Far be it for the Taiwanese to know that iceberg is tacky without having to be told. But, at least half of the lettuce is Romaine.
Fruit Romaine Salad
Before you finish, the potato gratin arrives in its flat plate for baking. It’s not too much, but just enough to make you want more before what arrives next.
Potato Soup Gratin
The cream of corn is mostly potato, but the corn finds its way to the bottom. Again, just enough to be filling on the way to something greater.
Cream of Corn with Bacon
The steak plate is largely empty, decorated with a dazzling comet of mustard and served with a side of veggies, including a Taiwanese caramelized sweet potato—something the Taiwanese can’t resist.
Steak Strip
The cut is lean. And, while the slab of beef could be larger, it doesn’t need to be. Then again, you always wish it never ended.
Steak Strip Cut
The panna cotta doesn’t celebrate the fruit as we usually expect. This tips its hat to the berries and something green that once grew. But, the best part of this panna cotta is the cotta itself.
Pana Cotta
The drink didn’t come until last, as the honorary seventh course to chase whatever thoughts remained, pining for more of the most Tasty night out in Taiwan.
Blueberry Bubbly

Baron Des Cleans Vin Rouge

Baron Des Cleans Vin Rouge

Royally bold in a deep confidence, it doesn’t pose. Nothing pungent about it nor any need for attention. Light as feathers, but an impression of weight so grand it begs question of legend and origin. Medium tannin and unusually filling, though it needs a steak cheese melt, and don’t hold the mustard.

Grand Louis 2016 Red Wine

Grand Louis 2016 Red WineLight and plump with deep purple afterthoughts of our liquid yesterdays at a rouge angle. Deliciously taken with peppered, garlic and ginger -fried Australian beef under Colby Jack with a side of kimchi.

Yellow TailⓇ Cabernet Sauvignon

Yellow TailⓇ Cabernet Sauvignon

Painfully inviting and stinging. A spicy vibrance from Down Under, it stings the tongue and refuses to be ignored. Taken with steak, colby jack, kimchi, and eggs—and that still wasn’t enough for it to eat right through.

Chapelle Saint Antoine Languedoc

Chapelle Saint Antoine LanguedocFully wet and yet airy.  Somewhat tannic and somewhat juicily fruity—not too much, but just enough to work with food or without. This needs a part deux.

Taken with a Taiwanese pancake, heavily dosed with black pepper, skillet-fried cheddar cheese, kimchi, and inner omelet.