On Our Radar: Talde

Top Chef contender David Talde brings inventive fusion food to Park Slope

Talde is an Asian-American restaurant in Brooklyn using local produce.
Talde serves Asian-American fusion food with local, sustainable ingredients. (Photo by: Talde)

Updated Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:03 am

Top Chef and Top Chef All Stars contender Dale Talde is back in the limelight, only this time, it’s right here in Brooklyn.

“At some point, you just give yourself to the neighborhood. I just want to give myself to them,” Talde told Brooklyn Paper of his new Park Slope home base, the eponymously named Talde.

For the chef, who opened the restaurant with partners David Massoni and John Bush of Thistle Hill Tavern just last month, that doesn’t mean sacrificing his personal vision. As he told Zagat, “We’re calling the cuisine [at Talde] ‘Asian-American,’ and I don’t care if ‘fusion’ right now is a dirty word because I’m going to embrace it, because it’s who I am.”

Talde is drawing on his Filipino background and experience in the kitchens of Chicago’s Jean Georges Vong and New York’s Buddakan to create his own brand of Asian-American cuisine: mostly Southeast Asian, with Chinese and Japanese influences, all made with local, sustainable ingredients.

Here’s what that looks like: a seasonal “market ramen” inspired by Talde’s vegan girlfriend; perilla (e.g. shiso) leaf with toasted shrimp, coconut, bacon-tamarind caramel and peanuts; Long Island fluke with black bean-brown butter and cilantro; and BBQ smoked pork shoulder with miso mustard and pear, to name a few dishes.

Talde hopes that his inventive eats (lunch and dim sum brunch included) and the space’s casual atmosphere will draw in regulars a few times a week.

Keep in mind, casual doesn’t mean thoughtless. Massoni outfitted the Seventh Avenue space with 19th-century mahogany Japanese carvings. An antique fireplace mantel-made-bar marks Bush’s station, where he shakes up his own fusions, like Pacquiao Punch with Kracken Rum, Brooklyn Republic Vodka, Curacao, vanilla and blood orange-lemon-lime juices and a ginger-infused Mekhong Rum and Coke dubbed The Tuk Tuk.

Chances of those return visitors look good.

369 Seventh Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets)

“On Our Radar” features restaurants that seem to meet Clean Plates standards, but that we haven’t yet had a chance to thoroughly vet and review. For a directory of reviewed restaurants, see our Restaurant Finder.

Image courtesy of Talde.

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