Few years ago, we went to Talde, the eponymous restaurant of Top Chef alum Dale Talde, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I totally forgot that he opened a second location in Jersey City and we simply stumbled upon it while going to a brunch place. Well, we decided to change plans, persuaded that we would have a great experience there. And we were not disappointed. This is a big place and we were definitely early, the restaurant being empty, quiet so we could enjoy our brunch. But when we passed by a bit later, it was quite busy.
I started the brunch with a homemade lemonade that was nicely acidic and not too sweet.
Then, we decided to go for a classic: the avocado toast, served on a sourdough bread, with yuzu guacamole, a poached egg and seaweed. It was like an asian version of what has become in the past few years a classic brunch dish. And it was good, the guacamole definitely having the right acidity from the yuzu and the egg being perfectly poached, the yolk being runny.
The second dish was the Everything roti & lox, another interpretation of a classic deli dish, where the bagel is replaced by a delightfully crispy roti, topped with cream cheese, lox, capers and onions. I loved it and could eat that roti by itself!
But we could not resist ordering tater tots as a side and they were amazing: crispy, slightly greasy, as expected, they were served with a sriracha ketchup that was not that spicy.
It was great that we found Talde on our way and I did not regret our change of plans: this is a nice place and I will surely go back for dinner, especially for their fried chicken...
Enjoy (I did)!
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Talde - 8 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307