If you love eating out as I do you’ll be excited to know that ASK Italian have opened their first restaurant in Taunton.
As we walked through the church yard to Taunton’s town centre we were struck by how beautiful the buildings are, visits to Taunton have usually been during the day when the streets are covered in shoppers and I obviously haven’t looked up. Both of us remarked that it was really lovely to see a different side to the town in the evening.
On arrival at the restaurant I was struck by the building, conveniently located on North Street. ASK Italian have transformed the once empty Old Post Office into a fresh and vibrant restaurant.
Nods to the building’s past can be seen, an old post box remains in the wall outside and there are hints in the interior decor too. I love it when buildings are given a new lease of life while still respecting the original purpose.
I loved the use of colour from lighter blues and greens to teal, soft browns and mustard, and the retro inspired design in the tiles. I also loved the lighting. We need some of that in Yeovil please! Our branch looks a bit tired compared to this one, I have been assured ours will get a spruce up soon.
We were invited to order 3 courses from the menu or specials. Since we are regular ASK Italian goers, we decided to go for something we wouldn’t usually choose. Normally I have the Spaghetti Pomodoro and ask for linguine instead of spaghetti, and Jon would usually go for a pizza.
‘Large green Nocellara olives from Sicily.’
‘Pecorino Sardo cheese, Sicilian Nocellara olives, finocchiona salami and warm tomato crostini.’
PIZZA PRIMA ‘CAPRINA’
‘Soft goat’s cheese, rocket, San Marzano tomatoes, olive tapenade and Calabrian oregano.’
I was surprised the toppings were not hot on this pizza but I really enjoyed it that way. This pizza is huge, I ended up taking half of it home with me!
‘Crispy pancetta in a rich creamy sauce with pecorino and Grana Padano cheeses. Topped with shavings of Grana Padano’.
Jon really enjoyed it but would have loved more of the creamy sauce.
‘Silky and smooth, zesty lemon tart served with creme fraiche.’
Delicous, it had a slight cold custard texture to it but I enjoyed it.
‘Creamy cheesecake on a cookie base, sprinkled with crunchy honeycomb chocolate pieces.’
Jon demolished his and declared it to be ‘delicious’.
We were served by Jade who was helpful and attentive, even offering to take a photo for us. She made sure our needs were catered for and kept the prosecco coming all evening, she especially recommended the cheesecake to Jon, you were not wrong Jade, it was amazing!
Things I noticed!
– It was buzzy (I love the word buzzy), the restaurant was full but the staff were more than able to cope and did so with smiles on their faces.
– There was enough noise to add ambience and you could take your kids without worrying about them making some noise themselves, just people chatting and having a nice time.
– There were plenty of highchairs, loads of room to push a pram or buggy through the restaurant and baby changing facilities. Crayons and a fun menu with healthy options and cut out figures for the kids.
– The bar area was beautiful as was the decor throughout. Although not authentically italian, the interior decor has a distinctly modern style with some 1970’s retro thrown in which I feel compliments the old building perfectly, I loved the italian sourced floor tiles and the marble top in the bar area especially.
– The cocktail menu sounded delicious! I also noted the boozy coffees and liquers, for next time!
– The seating was more relaxed than our branch in Yeovil, a mix of higher tables and bar type chairs sat alongside more traditional tables and chairs and diner style booths. We sat at a table which had a long, diner style seat down one side of the restaurant which was very comfy!
We really enjoyed our evening at ASK Italian Taunton. I also recommend Taunton in the evening, it’s lovely.
Discloure: I was offered a free meal with no obligation to write this review, all opinions and words are my own.