Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tala American Bistro's new chef unveils his first menu

Eric Marrish
The debut of a new head chef's first menu is always of interest to foodies. The latest to appear is at Tala American Bistro in Latham.

Eric Marrish is the new executive chef of the Mazzone Hospitality-operated restaurant tucked into the same building as the Rumors salon and day spa. His spring menu, which I'm sure had to be OKd at the corporate level, shows his culinary way of thinking. Nothing tremendously adventurous, but a very seasonal feel.

A few examples:

Tala Dumplings (edamame, white truffle, scallion, porcini broth, $15); Ahi Tuna Nachos (cucumber salsa, kimchi, edamame guacamole, tamari-wasabi, wonton chips, $15); Spring Lamb Bolognese (braised lamb, olives, red peppers, figs, eggplant, feta, $24); Shrimp and Capellini housemade lemon-scented pasta, spring peas, brandy shellfish reduction, shaved piave cheese, $23; and a "Build a Bento" selection from various possibilties.

Tala is located at 626 New Loudon Road (Route 9). Hours: Lunch and dinner service from 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: (518) 486-8252.

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