Taste & See Global opens Oct. 21; old spot will have lunch, events only

Chef Jason Febres gave me a tour of his under-construction Taste & See Global Cuisine at 255 N. Washington (inside the former Doc Howard’s space) this afternoon, but he wouldn’t let me take any pictures that showed much of the restaurant. He wants customers to be surprised by the custom-designed interior on opening day, which is scheduled for Oct. 21. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as brunch on Sundays.

The space is big — 4,536 square feet — and it will feature lots of seating, a big bar, a large outdoor patio, a tapas area and a set of wine lockers, where regular customers can store their stash.

It’ll also have an open kitchen prep area and a giant projection screen so that diners always can watch what’s going on in the kitchen. “I call it interactive reality cooking,” Febres said.

Oct. 20 will be the last day that Febres’ original space, the Taste & See inside Office This at 3825 E. Harry will be open for dinner. Once the new restaurant opens, the original will serve lunch only and also will be used for private events.

Febres has hired two sous chefs, and the three will split their time between both restaurants, he said.

The new restaurant will feature several of Febres’ classic dishes, including ceviche, paella and gaucho steak. But he also plans to add several dishes and plans to utilize his “molecular gastronomy” skills.

The dishes he has planned will use touches like truffle foam. One dish he described fro the new menu is a flash-seared ahi tuna with plantain hash browns with hydroponic watercress, tamarind reduction, fried tofu and wasabi texture.