Sunday, December 07, 2014


December 7, 2014

Bulgogi Flat Bread: Puff pastry, yuja goat cheese, jalapenos - 2

J's comment > not bad; excellent puff pastry, not soggy in the least anywhere, especially the bottom with all that stuff on top - FYI, this is incredibly hard to do; flavors very good and well balanced, except for the beef, I would have liked a touch more; not too spicy despite the presence of a wee bit amt of jalapenos

Lobster Gnocchi-Bbokkki: Rice cakes, eggs, brussel sprouts, scallion - 2

J's comment > not bad; lovely presentation (yes, that is a ring of fire!); BTW, in case you're curious, the stuff burning is tempura bits; Oh, and the fire is also a premonition of just how spicy this dish is (very much so!); decent amt of lobster pieces provided, cooked well too (thank goodness that at least the lobster pieces weren't too spicy); gnocchi and bbokki (the Korean rice cake) made for good textures as they were both slightly chewy as expected yet different in their own way; very flavorful spicy sauce, but I really can't stress enough how spicy this is; definitely needs to be mentioned on the menu description

Korean BBQ Sampler: Bulgogi, Spicy chicken, maui ribs, served w radish slaw - 2

J's comment > not bad; all meats cooked very well esp the short rib which is usually tough and chewy - these ribs were very nibble-able; decent flavors (just a touch salty though), 

Mandu Ravioli Soup: Pork, tofu, Korean chive - 2

J's comment > not bad; kinda like a fusion wonton soup; wontons/ravioli had generous amt of meat in them, but meat a smidgen dry and pasta slightly tough; soup however was very mild and soothing, and most importantly, the first soup with notes of lemon  in it that actually works; loved the egg white floaty bits too; also came w the lil Bboki mochi rice cakes that I like

Complimentary amuse bouche - 2(in descending order of preference)

Sweet potato springroll

J's comment > lovely crisp on the springroll w a touch of sweetness; kimchi spiced to my liking; potatoes firmer than I like, although flavors were spot on

Dessert Sampler - 2
(in descending order of preference)

Crispy Almond Dduk w cinnamon ice cream
Tofu Cheesecake w cherry gelee
Ginger Creme Brulee w strawberry & mint

J's comment > all desserts were not bad;

the dduk was another mochi-like item, slightly crisped on the outside and chewy on the inside, cinnamon ice cream worked wonderfully; all desserts were pretty good, but this had the slightest edge over the other two

tofu cheesecake very smooth with a pretty good meld of the tofu, cheese and cherry (trace) flavors

creme brulee one of the better ones I've ever had; consistently smooth throughout and creamy but not heavy; loved the lightest crisp of the ginger brulee on top despite not being a fan of ginger in general


Shot of the interior, pretty lights
FYI, the lighting is very bright for the kind of atmosphere Taboo attempts to create.

Taboo Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Extra Comment
The majority of the recipes @ Taboo are actually originally from one of the co-owner's Korean mom! The other co-owner chef (they grew up together) tweaked these to make them more fusion and well, different. :)

Labels: asian fusion, korean, yaletown

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