There are two menus at Tasha's; one lists all the classic items found at each Tasha's outlet and the other comprises of a list of mouth-watering dishes exclusive to that particular restaurant. Tasha's has some really fantastic culinary ideas and a wide selection of special items inspired by the best of the season's pickings.
Each dish is beautifully designed and irresistibly Instagram-ready; and judging by the strong following on social media and patrons snapping away on their smart phones at their steaming plates of gorgeous food, many people agree.
A great go-to breakfast on the classic Tasha's menu is the creamy sweet corn scrambled eggs with crisp bacon, spring onion and shavings of Parmesan – it's easy, quick and full of flavour. If you're feeling a bit adventurous but still sticking to those new year's resolutions, try the Turkish Eggs. They are fried to your liking and served with a delicious homemade hummus, roasted spicy chickpeas, fresh mint, yoghurt and a side of crunchy Melba toast.
There is so much variety on the Tasha's menu that it's easy to find yourself ordering several plates and sharing them with friends simply because everything sounds way too good to pass up. Here's a great combination that makes for a hearty, satisfying and well-rounded feast: start off with a flavour-packed salmon tartare chopped with fresh coriander, chili, lime and red onion served with soy sauce, avocado and homemade Melba toasts. For a mains try the heirloom halloumi salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes, grilled halloumi rubbed with fragrant Middle Eastern spices, fresh cucumber, red onion and a tart pomegranate dressing. A fabulous meal on its own or alongside the very clever and very delicious aubergine and beef crumble, a Mediterranean inspired dish – aubergine stuffed with a tasty spiced mince, topped with tahini yoghurt and crunchy panko crumbs and served with fresh mint and lashings of pomegranate molasses. Yum.
The drinks offering at Tasha's is quite adequate. There is a variety of local beers, a fairly extensive wine list (by the bottle and by the glass) and some well-dressed cocktails with some seriously groovy flavour combinations if you don't feel like behaving. The hipsters might not be so impressed with the very small craft beer selection – Tasha's Brooklyn only stocks two selections from Brewer's & Union. A running favorite at Tasha's is the Turkish Delight cocktail, a heap of pretty pink crushed ice which melts to reveal a Turkish delight surprise at the bottom of the glass. It tastes as beautiful as it looks with vodka, rose syrup, fresh lime and cranberry juice. The lemongrass margarita is fragrant and refreshing and is a muddle of tequila, fresh lemongrass and lime. There's also a great selection of alcohol-free refreshments and hot beverages – an absolute must-try is the mildly herby elderflower and pear granita, as well as the zingy pineapple and ginger punch served by the carafe.
The service at Tasha's is untouchable. You can expect to be quickly attended upon arriving and warmly ushered in by either a host or waiter. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and they're well clued up on their menu as well as the specials offered by the restaurant.
The interior of Tasha's Brooklyn is hard not to love, it's a well lit, breezy, comfortable space with cool contemporary design, clean lines and gorgeous wood and marble surfaces What really distinguishes Tasha's from its neighbouring restaurants is their wonderful ambience which is amplified by the great music and upbeat nature of the staff. The restaurant does get quite busy and can feel cramped at times, but no matter how full the house gets, the service remains top class, fast and efficient, and the menu clearly states waiting times for meals which are always accurate. The staff work as a team and are pedantic about keeping guests smiling and glasses full.
Tasha's has always been in the league of impressive eateries, and have kept an excellent food and service standard long after they decided to franchise.
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There are few franchise restaurants that get it right, but tashas seems to be on point with every single thing they do. When you are presented with a very varied menu at a restaurant, you can often feel like quality will be lost along the line. Surely it's impossible for a restaurant to execute every dish perfectly, when you have everything from breakfasts to quesedillas, pastas, and salads and grills from which to choose? This is most definitely not the case at tashas in Brooklyn, however, because every dish is expertly prepared and executed.
For breakfast, the Breakfast Royale with crisp polenta toast, asparagus and perfectly poached eggs topped with a light lemon cream sauce is delightful. They have an extensive selection of breakfasts (as well as lunch and dinner options) for health-conscious patrons where the use of Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit and a selection of seeds feature prominently. For lunch or dinner, the options are endless. If you’re banting, the zucchini noodles with seared salmon is a must, while the panko-crusted hake goujons served with homemade tartare sauce will satisfy anyone who loves crispy, fried fish. The gourmet worsrol served with tomato and onion bredie and grilled onions won’t disappoint any red-blooded South African.
An excellent selection of wines, with two to three bottle selections in every category – from both larger commercial and smaller, boutique wine farms. They also have a per-glass option per category.
It’s the epitome of a classic yet contemporary eatery. Everything shows attention to detail, from the heavy stone table in the centre topped with a bowl of fresh aubergines, to the tiled floors that include Afrikaans words and slang.
The staff are friendly and efficient; it's very clear that they are expertly trained.
The pampoenkoekies with ice cream will lend the perfect amount of nostalgia to the end of your meal.
I loved the butternut soup they had on a menu - definitely something I would go back for.
We just started becoming regulars to this scrumptious food establishment and aren't looking back!
Being partners with different eating habits and finding both our preferences being well accomodated is hard to achieve, and Tasha's made this easy.
The broth of the steak fillet tagliata was out of this world! The vegetarian options/add ons are innumerable and am spoiled for choice.
Also enjoyed their Banoffee dessert and Turkish delight cocktail...so light and refreshing.
The only thing that puzzled us was being served by three different waiters throughout the evening (all still on duty) and not being able to get water by the jug. Something to look into perhaps!