Taste Food Studio opened at 9726 Touchton Road on  January 30 of this year in the space that formerly housed Urban Flats.  The interior is airy and modern, highlighted by a large sculptural light feature, an open pizza oven, and a bustling bar area.  Outside, the patio features large comfortable-looking sofas and another bar area.

At Taste Food Studio, every Friday is Facebook Fan Friday: like them on Facebook to get the password for a free bottle of wine with your dinner on Friday nights. Can’t beat that. The manager came by our table and opened the bottle for us, telling us a little bit about it and offering us a taste before pouring a full glass. We chose a red blend from Columbia Valley called “Hot to Trot” by 14 Hands.

Taste Food StudioAs I perused the menu, I noticed that the tapas were priced at an entree rate. When I get tapas, I like to try a lot of different things. If the price is prohibitive, that plan won’t work: you will spend a lot of money and leave hungry.  So I chose a pasta entree instead.  I ordered the steak and Gorgonzola pasta: bite-sized pieces of steak over linguine with a creamy alfredo sauce.  My husband chose the taste burger, which has Gruyere cheese, Truffle aioli and a sunny-side-up egg on pretzel bread. It was flavorful and delicious.

A musician played jazz music which was pleasant and didn’t overpower conversation. The scene at the bar appeared to be bustling, perhaps due to the “ladies drink free from 5-6” happy hour.

The manager told us that they were introducing a new concept that evening called “Taste Cocktail Salon.” After 10 pm, the restaurant would take on a club-like atmosphere with a DJ, $5 martinis and no cover charge. The new concept was a success: almost 400 people turned out for the opening night.  Taste Cocktail Salon will be going on every Friday night from 10 until 2 am.

Another weekly event worth checking out is “Wine Down Wednesdays.”  For $17, you get unlimited wine tastings and appetizers from 5 to 6 pm.  Sounds like a good reason to skip the rush hour traffic after work and take time to “Wine Down.”