Brian Sheard, executive chef for Taste restaurants and Tortilla Republic, shows off a dish of scallops.
For almost four years now Taste at the Palisades has been cooking up neighborhood comfort food in a quiet spot off Sunset.
“Out here we like everybody to think of it as their own kitchen,” says executive chef Brian Sheard, who grew up in the neighborhood and also oversees two sister locations, Taste on Melrose and Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood.
“We do everything with a twist,” Sheard says. “We don’ t do your normal dish and put it out there. We do a pepper crust on our steaks, a black pepper on our frites. We do all organic, natural meats and proteins as much as possible and keep it at a low price point.”
Sheard recently showed off a scallop special with roasted fennel, red bell pepper, red quinoa and habanero cream sauce with tomato bruschetta and fresh basil.
“The whole dish is very light,” Sheard says. “You’ve got all this great flavor. It’s very healthy for you and even though you have this cream sauce it’s not a lot.”
Chocolate brioche bread pudding with creme anglaise.
Working at Taste keeps Sheard on his toes designing new specials weekly. On Sunday it’s grilled cheese night with select choices like short rib with horseradish cream sauce and another with Andouille sausage and tomato chutney. On Wednesday he prepares a special with fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s market. And on Thursday it’s Mexican night.
Once a month at Taste they put out an aphrodisiac special. This month it’s lobster spring rolls, duck with bok choy and red wine sauce and for dessert a caramelized brioche with strawberry compote and vanilla bean gelado with hazelnut chocolate sauce.