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Update on former Taste location in Belvedere Square

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ronandaim May 21, 2008 03:47 PM

Here's what Elizabeth Large of the Baltimore Sun has to say:

"If all goes according to plan, sometime soon Daniel Chaustit, a former chef/owner of Christopher Daniel in Cockeysville, will be the new owner of Taste in Belvedere Square. Or rather, of the space where Taste was. When the restaurant reopens - with good luck, sometime in mid- to late July - it will have a new name and a new identity.

Claustit, who split amicably with his partner, Chris Ellis (the Christopher in Christopher Daniel), says the food will be modern American and the restaurant will be "more of a neighborhood place." Nothing, however, is set in stone yet."

Sounds promising!

Here's the link:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertain...

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    Wangus RE: ronandaim May 22, 2008 05:12 AM

    Thanks for the update, ronandaim!

    I went to the Christopher Daniel a few times when they first opened (presumably when both Chris and Daniel were still running the place). It was overall a good meal: good execution and solid, though not necessarily inventive, tastes. I remember a plate of really delicious scallops as well as a solid steak; although I also recall a very empty plating style (large white plates, food centered in the middle with little garnishes made the plate seem very lacking). The setting was/is a bit unusual: ''higher classed' and higher priced food but a distinctly "golf-attired" crowd. Quite the opposite compared to the similarly priced Blue Stone in the same area.

    I think this new venture has a lot of potential. The CD food could also be described as 'modern American'. If Daniel Chaustit brings a solid menu and "neighborhood place" prices, the restaurant could really outshine the old Taste (which, let's be honest, had its serious inconsistencies).

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      panmalv RE: ronandaim May 24, 2008 11:03 AM

      I agree -- very promising. I work just up the street from Christopher Daniel, and have had many business dinners there -- and also organized a couple of wine tasting dinners there. Both Christopher and Daniel are outstanding chefs, and actually they're very inventive as well. Their menu had to satisfy local diners who wanted the standard crabcake and steak fare, but their specials and more unusual combinations were always right on the money. I was worried when Daniel left, but Christopher seems to be holding his own and the quality is still great. Glad to hear Daniel has landed on his feet -- we'll keep our fingers crossed...

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        meredity RE: ronandaim Jul 18, 2008 11:21 AM

        Has anyone heard anything more about what's going on with this? I'd love to know when something is going in over there. We go to Belvedere square on many Friday nights for the music. I miss just being able to walk over for a bite and more music after. I've looked on The Baltimore Sun website, but can't seem to find anything.

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          panmalv RE: meredity Jul 21, 2008 08:50 AM

          In late June I heard that they were "about six weeks" from opening. I can't imagine a new restaurant would open in mid-August, so I'm guessing Labor Day. Does anyone have more info? Any signs of activity at the restaurant?

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            pleiades RE: panmalv Jul 21, 2008 11:31 AM

            early to mid-August. Which is the perfect time to open a restaurant, because it isn't busy and the operation has a chance to work out kinks and get fine tuned a little. Renovations are in progress, kitchen staff is (I think) hired, FOH staff hasn't been decided yet. Opening menu and wine list are just about set, I believe.

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              panmalv RE: pleiades Jul 25, 2008 07:51 AM

              You don't happen to have a phone number for them, do you? I'm planning a business dinner for early August and I'd love to give them a try if they're open.

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          ronandaim RE: ronandaim Aug 4, 2008 03:28 PM

          Looks like it should open this week:

          http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/enter...

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            panmalv RE: ronandaim Aug 7, 2008 12:40 PM

            "Crush" opened on Wednesday night. I had dinner there -- it was excellent. As promised, prices are lower than those that I remember from Taste. They are still working on signage, a Web site, etc., but the service was very good for an opening night. I look forward to other reports from fellow 'hounds...

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              hon RE: panmalv Aug 7, 2008 01:25 PM

              what didya eat?

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                meredity RE: panmalv Aug 7, 2008 01:43 PM

                http://minxeats.blogspot.com/2008/08/...

                Here's another positive review I came across. Can't wait to try it.

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              kelarry RE: ronandaim Aug 8, 2008 09:24 PM

              We went on opening night also. City folk may find the menu a bit pedestrian, but it has all the Towsonites fav. things- ie. bacon wrapped scallops, salmon, creme brulee. I tried a miso marinated halibut. It came out overcooked, but my friend had a very tasty steak. We shared a white chocolate creme brulee. I expected the white chocolate to be blended in, but it was chunks instead. Overall the service was very good, and I believe that with the Christopher Daniel name attached, the community will be pleased with this new place.

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                cakeguy RE: ronandaim Aug 13, 2008 04:24 PM

                We went a couple nights after opening. Not very impressed. Interior is the same as Taste. Two of the three of us had steak and both were over cooked. Mine was so well done it was tough. This was the ny strip which was a very thin cut. Lmab chop app etizer ( same as christopher daniel ) was overcooked as well. shrimp with risotto was good and presented nicely. Roast Chix was moist and had a nice crisp skin. After the meal, we were not adventurous enough to try desert. I am sure some of the cooking issues are due to opening week problems. Might go back but would order a salad or something on the less expensive part of the menu.

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                  kelarry RE: cakeguy Aug 29, 2008 11:41 AM

                  Thread found for maddog

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                  bluepig1 RE: ronandaim Nov 7, 2008 06:03 AM

                  Just went for a business dinner last night so wanted to share a recent review. I enjoyed the food quite a lot more than Taste, which for all its effort, never really was all that memorable and in some cases was just bad.

                  I found the food at Crush very good, and reasonably exciting - I think I will probably be back. Started off with cocktails in the bar -- the grapefruit crush is a terrific, terrific cocktail (grapefruit vodka, triple sec, fresh squeeze grapefruit juice, big fat grapefruit wedge), but rather pricy at $9.

                  After being seated - had the oysters appetizer, probably 8 small to medium sized oysters, nicely cornmeal crusted and fried in a way that was decidedly not greasy. My dining companions enjoyed the scallop appetizer, beet salad and calamari -- I didn't try them. My entree was the scallops, which were really lovely. 4 fat scallops perfectly cooked to be very tender, accompanied by asparagus, a nice beurre blanc, and I substituted the menu truffled mashed potatoes for lobster mac & cheese, which was fantastic. I'd go back for the lobster mac & cheese alone. We didn't really order dessert -- just one decent but not exciting creme brulee shared 5 ways, only because we were full.

                  My only downside was the pace of the meal. The service was great - our waiter appropriately attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu (especially with a few unique food allergies in our group) -- but the food took what felt a bit longer than expected to come out. The restaurant was pretty busy at around 8pm on a Thursday night; I think all but 2 tables were occupied.

                  Prices felt fair to maybe slightly on the high end for what we were getting.

                  Their new website appears to be under development but the menu is available online at http://www.crush-restaurant.com/ .

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                    hawaiigrl2003 RE: bluepig1 Nov 8, 2008 12:40 AM

                    We had dinner at Crush recently and I did not feel compelled to comment. The food was hit and miss. The name of the place sounds like a dance club. Waiting for food was an issue for us as well, but my steak was cooked perfectly. I like the lobster mac and cheese, but everyone seems to be doing that these days. Meli in Fells has my fav. version.

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                    panmalv RE: ronandaim Nov 24, 2008 01:10 PM

                    Just wanted to chime in again -- I ate at Crush once at opening, and for the second time last week. I was there for a wine dinner event, and the experience was outstanding. Service was spot on, and the food was some of the best I've had in Baltimore. That's my latest take on Daniel's new place...

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                      tennisgal1206 RE: panmalv Nov 25, 2008 07:50 AM

                      Panmalv - can you elaborate a little more on the food?

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