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Taste Seduction may be a humble operation in a little strip mall at the corner of Keele and Dundas, but it’s filled with love and family pride. Run by Theresa and Vernon Young, it was once just a catering business but has evolved into a restaurant dishing up Jamaican fusion.
The family that runs this business has been in Canada for decades, and it shows in novel mash-ups like jerk chicken mac n’ cheese, and even a rasta pasta similar to the one offered at the Kensington restaurant that takes its name from the dish.
The interior is fairly humble, though there are a few chairs and tables and a bench for those waiting for takeout orders.
There’s one standard tropical smoothie ($6) on offer here, and it tastes pretty typical with a sweet combination of strawberry, banana, pineapple and mango, but you’re going to be grateful to have it when you get to dishes with Young’s scotch bonnet hot sauce.
The jerk chicken mac n’ cheese ($13) is a late-night munchies winner with just the right balance of creamy staple flavours and spicy chunks of jerk chicken. One of Young’s many cooking experiences was at an East Side Mario’s, so the man can pump out pasta sauce.
Jerk pesto shrimp fettuccine ($15) is a little pricier, but it’s a big plate of food with a ton of kick. The shrimp are super spicy, marinated in Young’s hot sauce, but the flavour surprisingly blends nicely with the potent garlic and basil of the pesto. Each pasta dish is freshened with some bright veggies.
Jerk chicken tacos ($10) are also clear winners, and probably the best bang for your buck at three per order. They are spicy with a house jerk mayo (all sauces are made in house), topped with slaw and shredded cheese and are super dip-able with more of Young’s sauce on the side.
Though this may be a place where you roll up, grab your food, and take it home, or one of those places you see as a comforting option in your delivery app, the vibes coming out of here are all good.