If you haven't figured it out already - we LOVE food. It's in our DNA, it's the root of all our joy...okay not ALL of our joy, but you know what I'm saying.
We were invited to the unveiling of TASTE Cafe's new casual look and dining experience and we were so impressed, we had to share. As a newer Seattleite, this was my first time visiting TASTE. All I knew was that it was located in the Seattle Art Museum and used to be your standard sit-down restaurant. However, they've totally renovated and revamped the cafe into an artsy and thoughtful destination for all types of foodies. Whether you like the grab-and-go style or the sit-down experience, TASTE has it all. Not to mention, it's extremely tasty. Sorry for the taste pun, I had to go there.
I have to say, I was immediately drawn to the food in the cases. There were salads, sandwiches, and other little easy grab and go snacks that were healthy, made fresh daily, and were perfect for somebody on the run who still wants their food to be honest. The more I talked to the staff, the more I learned about their passion for local, fresh, and sustainable ingredients which only makes me love them even more.
BUT! If you are the sit-down type of foodie, don't even worry, GIRL! They have the most phenomenal menu which ebbs and flows with the seasons, so the ingredients are fresh. Once you order your food at the counter, you can sit in their dining room which has seasonal artwork curated by SAM Gallery. Basically, while you wait, you are inspired by the artwork, the thoughtful layout, and unique furniture.
So now that I've set the scene for you, let's get to the good part. The FOOOOOOD. We were able to choose a few things from the menu and went in thinking it was just going to be a light "sampling" of a few dishes. LOL. That's cute. We ended up getting six items and absolutely devoured the plates between two people. Yes, we were ROLLING out of there. AND as we were fat and happy from the restaurant items, they then packaged up some of their finest pastries and a few different salads and snacks from the case. I'm embarrassed to admit but I spent the rest of the day snacking on said items. I couldn't help myself.
We tried the YSL croque (which was inspired by the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit), the farm salad, curried butternut squash soup, fire roasted cauliflower, and salumi flatbread. I'm not an expert flavor profiler, but the flavor profiles were off the charts. If I have to pick a favorite I think it would be the curried butternut squash soup. Or maybe the cauliflower. Either way, they both changed my life and I'm already thinking about the next time I can go in and grab something to eat!
If you're looking for a space to relax, be inspired by art, and enjoy a healthy and comforting meal - look no further. This is the place for you.