Last weekend thanks to the lovely Jessica of The Dining Traveler and Carlis of Spicy Candy DC and the folks over at Bookalokal, I was able to venture out to try a restaurant I admittedly probably never would have otherwise.
Taste Gastropub, located in Olney, MD is where a gastropub feel gets elevated meets fresh, local ingredients to bring diners an experience that isn’t soon to be forgotten. From beginning to sweet, sweet end, I absolutely enjoyed everything about this experience. The owner, head chef and staff at Taste were so welcoming, courteous and insightful that it was truly a foodie experience. No wonder they are the top restaurant in Olney!
On to the food.
We were served 5 courses, each paired with a glass of wine. OH! Did I forget to mention that they greated us all with a glass of champagne? You all know I love bubbles so they already nailed it straight out the gate.
Our first course was a smoked salmon with salmon roe, served on a goat cheese crostini.
I don’t like smoked salmon and I loooooved this. LOVED! I was secretly hoping someone else didn’t want theirs, so I could have theirs too. The smokiness from the salmon with the creaminess goat cheese and slight saltiness from the pop of salmon roe made for a perfect bite.
Next we moved on to a garlic buerre blanc shrimp which was served with a glass of Domaine de Chevilly, Sauyignon Blanc.This course didn’t wow me, but the shrimp were perfectly cooked and as a lover of garlic, I enjoyed the flavor. The wine however was one of my favorites from the meal.
This course which was extremely aromatic and textural, paired perfectly with the glass of Iris Pinot Noir. Which once again says a lot because I hate reds(judge me, I don’t care). The mushroom brie soup was SO yummy that even diners who admitted to disliking the taste of mushroom enjoyed it. Whenever you’re able to create a dish that people would normally frown at, into something they actually end up enjoying, you’ve won in my book. The beet salad had that notable yet subtle beet flavor that was expertly paired with pickled red onions and crunchy pistachios.
Before I get into the proteins, the usual stars of the plate, I have to dive into the wonder that was the dollop of polenta on the plate. This polenta was so perfectly creamy, buttery and downright delicious that I nearly picked up the plate and licked it. The chicken souvlaki had just the right amount of grilled char yet managed to say impeccably moist and flavorful. The lamb meatball took a backseat to the polenta but it garnered tasty Mediterranean flavors while being hearty but light. Even the pita served with this course was fresh and light, you could absolutely tell that it was made in house.
The final course was dessert! We were served a platter of flourless chocolate cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a pistachio-lemon shortbread. Dessert is never my favorite course but the pistachio-lemon shortbread made for the perfect accompaniment to the slightly dense and very rich flourless chocolate cake. Dessert was rounded out by a Buitiful Cava Rose(more bubbles!) from Spain that was just tart enough to balance out the sweetness of our final course.
All in all, my lunch at Taste Gastropub was a 6 out of 5 stars in my book. The ambiance was pleasant, the wine selection is immaculate and the food was an utter delight. And I officially think I’ve used every possible positive adjective
And not only was the lunch itself good, but so was the company. Jessica and Carlis pulled together a great bunch of food lovers to share this experience with. One perk of dining with fellow food bloggers is that there’s no need to feel ashamed that you’re pausing to take photos before every first bite, because everyone is doing it! “Yes I know my soup is catching a chill, but I’m trying to get the perfect light!” Ha!
If you’re ever in Olney, and honestly, even if you aren’t, Taste Gastropub is a must visit. I promise it’s worth the trip!
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