‘I can’t find it!’
‘I see it but Ican’t get over there!’
‘My GPS says I’m Here?’
Oh, the many remarks on your way to ‘Taste of the World’ restaurant in Moraine. (400 Fuyao Avenue, Moraine, OH 45439.) But rest assured, persistence pays off in this well-appointed, authentic aAsian restaurant. Seating is plentiful, with modern lighting and big comfy booths for larger groups.
Tucked away near the Fuyao plant, ‘Taste’ provides a spicy and scrumptious tribute to all things Northern China. The decor is bright and inviting, and the large private rooms provide the Lazy Susan, for the ‘family share’ we all love.
Martinis, wine and some great Asian beer choices, give the perfect pairing to a dinner full of fresh ingredients and crispy veggies.
I am no food expert, but we filled our Lazy Susan with samples galore, just for this article!
From the top, we wanted to make sure we delved into some different flavors…and they were plentiful. We chose three starters, and be warned, spicy here is SPICY. The east peking meat pie is a great jump-in, with crispy edges and flavorful smooth center, the Szechaun sauce gives it the perfect kick. Don’t miss the Sichuan fried green beans, touch of salt, blackened edges, and great ‘snap,’ they were a bug yum! We through in one traditional item, some hot-sour soup. It was pleasantly BOTH. If it’s not to your ‘heat’ level, just ask….they have a remedy for that!
Next we chose a seafood, fish, pork and beef option. The shredded pork, which came with garlic sauce, was prepared to perfection. The aroma alone was delicious. Then we sampled the sliced beef in hot chili oil, and sampling was about all I could handle. Great flavor, and then plenty of water! Next, we had the baked soft shell crab with rice cakes, and they were the perfect follow-up to the spicier beef option. Crispy, and flavorful, the crab was simple and easy to eat. Lastly, and by far the favorite was the braised whole fish. If I were to ask for seconds on anything, this is the winner. Salted, buttery and melt in your mouth good, I commented to the waitress how I found it to be, and she said ‘my favorite too!’ Try it….wow!
The menu really is extensive. It goes from appetizers to noodles, beef to pork, chicken to seafood, dry pots to pastries. Your bases are covered.
As a favor, to you our faithful readers, I am giving you the ‘easy way to ‘Taste.” If you know how to get on West Dorothy Lane toward Moraine, you’ve got it made. Take West Dorothy Lane, past that giant Wal-Mart. Turn left on Encrete Lane. Follow Encrete for about 1/2 mile to Holye Place. Turn right…and there it is!
It’s tucked away, secluded and a ‘World’ away from most Asian places! ENJOY!