Taste Cafe – Masterton

Taste Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/Taste-Cafe-878809928817709/

Reviewed by FiFi, October 2016

The Place:

There are lots of tables indoor and a few tables dotted outside.  The cabinet food looks inviting,  there is a huge salad bar, homemade pies, pate and sammies, soups, and there is also a blackboard menu that includes your traditional offerings as well as some seafood options.  Whilst I would not consider this eatery a gourmet dining experience, it does offer good, hearty meals.  There really isn’t much of a vibe but the staff are friendly and the food smells appetising. They are also licensed should you want a beverage with your meal.  There are four options to chose from.  The Vegetarian, the Benedict (either ham or bacon) and the Montreal (salmon).

The Service:

This place really understands good old customer service.  The staff were welcoming and friendly.  Our food came out promptly and the waitress made us feel like we were one of the locals.  She was chatty enough to make us feel like one of the family, yet knew when to leave us to enjoy our meal.

The Presentation:

My meal was stacked to give it maximum appeal.  The layering of the salmon, spinach and eggs further added to the tone and gave it an authentic, well-balanced feel.  The hash browns and tomato to the side coupled with the sprig of parsley added a dash of gusto to the meal.

  • The Montreal – was tasty and hot.  It was what I would consider ‘hearty’, but certainly not gourmet.
  • The Eggs – one was cooked perfectly (runny and warm), whilst the other was ever so slightly overdone.
  • The Tomato  – tasted lovely and acidic and was warmed perfectly.
  • The Salmon – tasted salty and fresh.  I would have liked a wee bit more.
  • The Hashbrowns – were hot, however they were not as crunchy as I like them.
  • The Spinach – was wilted perfectly and there was just the right amount to give the dish some flavour.
  • The Hollandaise – was smooth and creamy with a hint of tanginess.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes .  I would try something else from the menu.

Scorecard

Style: 5/10 – Classic.

Taste: 6/10 – the taste was ok.

Originality: 5/10 – Nothing overly unique about the Bene offerings.

Value: 7/10 – are reasonable and range from $15 to $17.50

Eggs: 5/10 – one was overdone.

Overall score: 5/10

78 Queen St, Masterton, 5810

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