Talde Miami Beach is always a party. The place just oozes coolness, and the eclectic Asian-American menu is delicious whether you’re sober or not. Recently, the restaurant refreshed its menu and added several new dishes for guests to enjoy. Our taste buds approve.
On a menu that’s full of Chinese classics, the Heirloom Tomato sticks out like a sore thumb. That’s great because you won’t want to miss it. The blueberries and black vinegar give the dish a nice balance of sweet and savory; it’s also a sizable portion, so you won’t have to fight for your share (although it’s worth fighting over the whole thing).
If you want full-on savory, opt for the Shrimp Toast that’s jam-packed with flavor; bits of spiciness come out as you make your way through the dish. Appearance-wise, it kinda reminded us of French toast but that’s where the similarities end. One final note: The preserved vegetables give the toast an extra ooomph, so scoop up as many as you can for each bite. This plate was definitely one of the highlights of our meal.
Another standout item was the General Talde’s Chicken, the restaurant’s hot take on General Tso’s Chicken. We mean hot in the literal sense: The chicken is not for the faint of heart. It packs as much flavor as it does heat. We love spicy so we had no problem with it, but we could see “mild” fans having to reach for a glass of milk ASAP. For guests who aren’t fans of spicy, our server recommends getting the Walnut Shrimp instead. Our server also recommends the General Talde’s Chicken as a great hangover food. We really liked our server.
The final new item we had — the Chicken Fried Rice — could be a side or your entire meal. This pile of rice topped with delicious fried chicken skin is beautifully seasoned and a bargain at $14. At that price, there’s no reason NOT to order it. Speaking of deals, the Wonton Ramen is a must as well. Although it’s not new, it is awesome. The broth is on point, the noodles are nice and chewy, the pork slice are tasty … we can keep going with adjectives, but you get the idea. For $15, getting this dish is a no-brainer.
There are only two dessert options (Halo-Halo and the 5G Cookies), and you can’t go wrong with either. Save the Halo Halo for a large group, though. At this point in the meal, all we could squeeze in were the cookies that are decadence personified. Potato chips, pretzels, chocolate … the ingredients list reads like your cardiologist’s worst nightmare, but the dessert is your stomach’s best friend.
It had been a while since our last visit to Talde, and we’re glad we made it back. The new menu items are all worth checking out, so bring an appetite. Just be prepared to take a nap afterward.