Along with partners David Massoni and John Bush, Top Chef alumnus Dale Talde has opened TALDE Brooklyn, TALDE Jersey City, Thistle Hill Tavern, Pork Slope, and as of December 2015, TALDE Miami Beach. Known for its sexy spin on Asian-American cuisine, this hot restaurant and bar serves up comfort food-inspired favorites like Pretzel Pork and Chive Dumplings, Korean Fried Chicken, Crispy Oyster-Bacon Pad Thai and more.
And because the food is as amazing as the celebrity chef who created it, we rounded up all the reasons you should go there and trying it for yourself. Ready, set… TALDE!
- In 2008, Dale Talde competed on Season 4 of Bravo’s Top Chef, followed by a 2010 stint in Season 8 of Top Chef: All-Stars. Some of his winning dishes can be found on the TALDE Miami Beach menu.
- The restaurant’s walls are lined with incredible posters and eye-popping graffiti done by artist EwokOne, a personal friend of Chef Talde. Every time he visits Miami, he adds to the wall; making it a living piece of art. He purposely does this at the request of Dale, who enjoys having a taste of Brooklyn in Miami.
- Dale’s favorite late-night snack on the menu is “Chow Fun,” a mix of braised pork shank and pickled mustard greens, from the Late Night Noodles menu. As a team, they really had to collaborate on how to get good Chow Fun – at the beginning, it wasn’t working. It took a lot of effort and trials to get it just right.
- TALDE brings what Dale does in Brooklyn to Miami. It has the same price point as Brooklyn, which is very unique to South Beach. Even though it’s on the beach, it targets the locals.
- TALDE conveys a fun personality to anyone who visits the restaurant through events like “Dale’s Night Out.” In fact, to promote the one-of-a-kind event, Dale himself posed for the camera in his underwear, wearing nothing but curlers and a bathrobe.
- TALDE is all about having a good time, good food and good drinks. The idea is for guests to come, be themselves, and hopefully, take away a little piece of the restaurant’s personality with them.
- From Thursday through Saturday, from midnight to 4 AM, TALDE’s “Late Night Noodles” lets guests satisfy their late-night cravings with noodle dishes and small snacks like Sriracha Ketchup Tater Tots, Chilled Sesame Noodles, Spiced Beef Lo Mein and more; all starting at $5. Adding to the fun, guests who want to keep the party going get $2 off select beers, wine and well drinks during that time.
- Every Friday, “Chicks with Discs” brings different female DJ’s spinning hip-hop beats, and every month, the restaurant gets new hosts.
TALDE Miami Beach is located inside the Thompson Miami Beach, at 4041 Collins Avenue.