Seafood Treasures at Taita, Part 1


Taita Restaurant

  • 6109 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68104
  • (402) 558-2482
  • Facebook page
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Modern American, Peruvian, Japanese, Asian Fusion
  • Price: $$$

Taita is a seafood restaurant in Benson that caught me hook, line, and sinker. Pun intended. Chef owned and operated Taita has fine seafood and a Peruvian and Japanese food style not found anywhere else in Omaha. This restaurant should not be overlooked.

On Saturday, June 29th, FoodMeOmaha and fellow foodie best friend, Maude, went to dinner at Taita for the first time. We discovered one treasure after another from both sea and land. 

Inside Taita is a simple, inviting small space of about ten tables. The eye-catching feature is the mural walls of koi fish. (Note: Taita has added sushi bar since our visit.)

We were tempted by various dishes on the menu. In greedy, foodie fashion, we ordered six different dishes!

Salmon Tiradito

  • Description: Seared Salmon Belly, Black Truffle Tobiko, Cilantro
  • Price: $10.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Fine quality salmon belly complemented with fresh cilantro, red onion crunch, and black truffle tobiko is a delightful bite. Simple, pure flavors and beautiful belly texture.

Ceviche

  • Description: Japanese Sea Bream, Line, Red Onions, Cilantro
  • Price: $13.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7 out of 10

Refreshing ceviche with a subtle lime, red onion crunch, and cilantro. While this was refreshing, I did want some more acid component or additional flavor.

Scallops

  • Description: Pan Seared Scallops, Pear, Celeriac Puree, Endive  
  • Price: $10.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.25 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.25 out of 10

The scallops made us happy. Each scallop piece was cooked just right with a seared caramelized outside and soft buttery inside. The thinly, sliced pear, smooth celeriac puree, and grilled endive was a wonderful complement. We relished each bite. I wish there was more!

Plum Creek Farm Chicken Liver

  • Description: Chicken Livers Anticuchos, Potatoes, Chimichurri  
  • Price: $8
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.75 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.75 out of 10

Chicken of the sea. Just kidding. This dish is beyond better than canned tuna. Taita’s chicken liver has a luscious savory compact flavor balanced with the chimichurri sauce. The potatoes were nice but the star was the chicken liver goodness! This is my second favorite chicken liver in town after Dante Pizzeria.

Uni Pasta

  • Description: Chitarra Pasta, Sea Urchin Beurre-Monte, Uni Bottarga, Crab.  
  • Price: $18
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

The beauty of this dish is the dungeness crab immersed in the sauce. I couldn’t distinguish the sea urchin component. The chitarra pasta has a more dense and chewy texure. Ultimately, I loved the delicate fresh crab in the creamy sauce. If you like creamy sauces, pasta, and crab, then this is your dish.

Razor Clams

  • Description: Razor Clams Steamed in White Wine, Escaveche Dressing, Cream, Bacon Chips  
  • Price: $20
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.5 out of 10

The razor clams special was the prized seafood treasure! Taita is the only place in Omaha serving razor clams. This was our first razor clams and we loved them. Sooo goood! The razor clams are a cross of regular clams and calamari in taste and texture. I enjoyed the razor clams combined with the light creamy broth. This is worth cutting your teeth on!

Pave

  • Description: Chocolate and Caramel Dessert
  • Price: $7.00
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9 out of 10

This dessert was fabulous! Typically, we are not big caramel fans but it was instant adoration at first bite. Decadent goodness of rich dark chocolate, sea salt accent, caramel crisps, caramel sauce, and dusted chocolate. This was an amazing end of the meal.

Taita has quality over quanitity. Two ladies conquered all six dishes plus dessert. Our palettes were happy and our stomachs filled but not stuffed. (Note: We are big eaters.)

Overall, Taita is a unique seafood restaurant that is a delight in landlocked Omaha. Taita has caught me hook, line, and sinker for their fine seafood, quality ingredients, and local charm.

The seafood treasures discovered at Taita doesn’t end here. Taita offers other unique seafood dishes including the most tender octopus I have ever had. Stay tuned for our second visit at Taita on part 2!

 Taita Restaurant

  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Service Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Atmosphere Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Overall Rating: 8.75 out of 10

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3 thoughts on “Seafood Treasures at Taita, Part 1

  1. The greens you are referring to as cilantro on the first two dishes are actually shiso. I grow these for Taita! Great review!

    • Thanks Joy! I appreciate the correction. I went by the menu description. It definitely doesn’t look like cilantro! How would you describe the difference between shiso and cilantro?

      • Shiso is part of the mint family, from what I have been told, but tastes a bit like a cross between mint and parsley. Mild and a nice combination with seafood – sushi especially!

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