Taste Baguette and Grill - Shop 11-12, 1-23 Harbour St, Darling Harbour, SydneyThere are some reviews I begin to write and suddenly feel like I'm wasting my time. It's not nice to write about a place with sub-standard food but we're all about honesty and helping our community make the right dining choices. So, this one goes out to you.
It's nice to people watch along Darling Harbour; the sound of the city mixed with the sound of excited tourists is something you rarely hear anywhere else in Sydney. Another rarity is extremely tame (borderline cheeky) birds. These guys will happily peck at whatever fell off your plate, coming within centimetres of you. For this reason, I reckon the tables outside cafes and restaurants along this strip are some of the cleanest in Australia! Wait staff are constantly spraying and wiping after diners and birds.
|The best thing about Taste is the wildlife.|
After being greeted, handed menus and asked to choose a table, the waiter was quick to take our drink order. I ordered a bottle of San Pellegrino (500ml, $5) and my partner in crime ordered a glass of Mystic Sounds Sauv Blanc ($11). My water was served with a glass of ice and wedge of lime - perfect! The glass of wine arrived in a smaller than average glass, reminiscent of the glassware found in Ikea, filled with arguably a standard serve of wine. Needless to say, this $11 glass of wine didn't scream value for money.
My dining buddy's (store bought?) Quiche Lorraine ($15) arrived. I can only guess the chef has a fear of salad or feels too much green ruins the presentation of his meals because the limp, green clump of leaves was overshadowed by the mass of fries, almost tipped the quiche over the edge!
|Possibly, the most overpriced glass of wine I've ever ordered.|
Do I need to pass on comments of how it tasted? I didn't think so.
Assuming baguettes take longer to make than quiche takes to microwave, my vegan Tofu Baguette ($13.90) arrived a few minutes later. Filled with tasteless tofu, the crisp salad saved me from thinking I was eating a cardboard box folded up inside a baguette. The baguette was soft and fresh on the inside and crusty on the outside, possibly bought from the same bakery as the quiche.
It's a shame the food is so pedestrian when the wait staff are so attentive. Service from their side was prompt, friendly and professional. Fair enough, they didn't go above and beyond and they didn't ask how our meals were but that was perhaps their saving grace.
|Quiche Lorraine, chips and salad - pub style.|
Ambiance - 3/5: Through no effort of their own, Darling Harbour is a nice place to dine
Service - 3.5/5: Friendly and efficient but nothing to write home about
Food: 4/10: It reminded me of bad country pub food
In total, Tom gives Taste Baguette and Grill 10.5/20 chops on The Chopping Board.