Taste & Sea for ‘coastal elegance’

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John and Chrissy Talbot describe Taste & Sea as coastal elegant fine dining.

Taste & Sea, the new coastal elegant restaurant that moved into Keystone Plaza where Pescatores used to be is officially open. Though it had a soft opening a few weeks ago, the official grand opening was Monday, April 8. Local politicians, Kathleen Goodier from Chadds Ford Township and John Gillespie from Concord were on hand as was former state Rep. Steve Barrar.

John and Chrissy Talbot opened the restaurant in late March. John Talbot described the cuisine as “fine dining with white tablecloths. A lot of seafood and a lot of steaks.”

Chrissy Talbot said the concept is “coastal elegance,” meaning “bringing in the coastal feel with the seafood, and an elegant atmosphere, high elegance, white tablecloth. We want to hone in more on the actual guest experience with fine dining. We want to bring back that fine dining experience.”

John Talbot added that the food is completely different, more of an American steakhouse than an Italian restaurant.

In short, coastal cuisine and upscale American dining. Both Talbots said Taste & Sea should not be thought of as family dining.

Chrissy couldn’t pinpoint any specific dish that they would consider the Crème de la crème of what the menu offers, but she said what does stand out is her husband’s skill.

“Knowing John’s food for the last 30 years of being in this business. He’s got a phenomenal track record. He was a phenomenal head chef at Creed’s in King of Prussia for 22 years.”

John Talbot, who is still a partner at Creed’s, does have a few preferences, one especially.

“I love that the venison on our menu is a real hit. It’s something that not a lot of people gravitate to, but they have it here. They’ve been tasting it and loving it. I’m really proud and happy about that.”

He added that his head chef at Taste & Sea, Charlie Moronski, was also his sous chef at Creed’s. He’s also now a partner at Taste & Sea.

The restaurant’s name, Taste & Sea, is in reference to a biblical passage. It’s a variation on a line from Psalm 34:8: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Chrissy Talbot said “One night John and I were praying about the name and the concept. [The line] just stuck out of the page and I just had this moment where I knew that was the name. We put the spin on taste and see the goodness of the Lord, with taste and sea for the seafood.”

The Talbots’ pastor, the Rev. Hosh Shaffer of Hope Community Church, was also on hand for the ribbon cutting. He called the new venture “the realization of a dream” that was built by God.

The restaurant is open six days per week. Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4-10 p.m.; closed on Sundays. Prices range from $10 to $21 for soups and appetizers, entrées from $31 to $84. Reservations are not required, but are preferred.

For more information, visit the website https://tastesea.com/.

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