Opening its doors tonight, September 21st, Taste Lounge brings a cool new dining experience to the north end of Seymour Street in Vancouver. Adjoining the super-club, FiveSixty, Taste Lounge is a spot made for socializing. In the dining area a long table invites people to get to know their neighbours, banquette seating for smaller groups to watch the kitchen prep area where Taste’s Executive Chef Renaldo Decembrini’s menu comes to life. The front of room is dominated by the low, sunken bar, the gathering place for the after work or pre-dinner crowd to mix and mingle. Diners are surrounded by revolving local art on the walls, music and a menu of European inspired share plates. All menu items are paired with cocktails or wine selected by wine specialist Sarah Hirjee.
Chef Decembrini and the management team have a goal to maintain as sustainable an enterprise as possible, 80% of the menu is locally sourced, seafood is OceanWise certified and, wherever possible, paper products and serving dishes are sustainable and local.
On a pre-opening night guests were treated to tastings of Tastes menu; charcuterie plates mixed chorizo, prosciutto, salami with Saltspring goat cheese, local cheeses, pickles and chutneys, mini bites of the roma tomato, boconccini, cucumber and white balsamic pesto vinaigrette, venison tartare with mushroom, caramelized red onion and apple horseradish were not necessarily unique but all were well prepared and tasty. Cocktails were creative and prepared with quality brand liquors, not standard well drinks. If the lounge is able to carry on the vibe and camaraderie of the opening party, it will stand a good chance of success. Hopefully diners find it and welcome the unique experience to the city.
Taste Lounge opens Friday September 21, 2012 at 560 Seymour Street.
Tues/Wed – 4pm – midnight
Thur – 4pm – 2am
Fri/Sat – 4pm – 3am
Sun/Mon – closed