Description and review of dinner at Taylor’s Kitchen – located on Freeport Blvd. in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento.
Three friends and I recently celebrated our annual Capricorn birthday dinner at Taylor’s Kitchen. Three of us have Capricorn birthdays, and having dinner together is a fun way to jointly celebrate our special day.
I arrived a few minutes before our reservation as I was unsure of the parking situation. It was a weekday, and as it turns out there was no problem – patrons can park on the street or in the parking lot (Taylor’s Kitchen & Taylor’s Market). Taylor’s Market, a combination specialty grocery store and butcher shop, closes at 7:00 p.m.
Upon entering I was promptly greeted, seated and offered water and the opportunity to order a beverage. I ordered a glass of wine to sip while I waited, and the other members of my party arrived soon afterwards. Note: Wine by the glass that evening ranged in price from $10 to $16.
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Taylor’s Kitchen is an intimate upscale dining establishment. In addition to table seating there is a small bar and limited counter seating facing the open kitchen. The interior of the restaurant is attractive, and the atmosphere is friendly. The service we enjoyed that evening could best be described as exceptional – both attentive and professional.
The menu at Taylor’s Kitchen changes frequently. We started our meal with Taylor’s Gourmet Cheese Plate (three cheeses, local honey, mixed olives, marcona almonds, Meyer lemon marmalade) ($15). Just as we were wondering if bread would accompany the dish we were served warm rolls – crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside from Acme Bakery. The rolls were delicious – and we were appreciative that the staff kept our supply of warm rolls replenished throughout the meal.
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Two in our party ordered the Pickled Baby Beets and Baby Romaine Salad (radish, bacon, smoked beech mushroom, shitake mushroom, manchego, deviled egg yolk, sherry honey, toasted hazelnuts, smoked sea salt) ($10), and one ordered the Spicy Curried Yam Soup (pickled raisins, radish, bacon jam, fried brussels sprouts leaves) ($8).
Both dishes received high marks and were greatly enjoyed. I sampled both the soup and salad and would not hesitate to order either dish in the future.
For dinner one of our companions ordered the Seared Scallops (citrus fennel puree, blistered broccoli & cauliflower rice, citrus segment, baby artichoke, shitake mushroom, fried leeks, blood orange gastrique) ($32), and the other three of us ordered the Beef Cheek Stroganoff with Pasta Dave’s Tagliatelle (smoked beech mushrooms, baby shitake mushroom, Cipollini, whole grain mustard crème fraiche, shaved grana Padano) ($17) from the Starter Menu as our main course. Our server had mentioned, as we questioned him about the menu prior to ordering, that the serving size could easily serve as an entrée.
The Seared Scallops were said to be delicious, but alas the Beef Cheek Stroganoff was a disappointment.
The serving size was certainly adequate – but the dish itself was underwhelming. All three of us agreed that taste-wise the dish was not what one would call particularly tasty.
One member of our party was interested in dessert – a chocolate dessert to be specific. After looking over the dessert menu nothing appealed to him so he passed.
Despite the disappointment with the Beef Cheek Stroganoff, we all enjoyed our Capricorn Birthday Dinner at Taylor’s Kitchen. Taylor’s Kitchen is a bit pricey – but it will certainly remain on my list of “special occasion” restaurants.
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Taylor’s Kitchen Snapshot:
- 2924 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818
- (916) 443-5154
- Closed Sunday and Monday; Tuesday – Saturday (5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
- Parking: Parking lot (Taylor’s Kitchen & Taylor’s Market) and on street
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