Looking for a touch of Melbourne in Adelaide? Taste Baguette is the place to go.
On the park end of Rundle Street, Taste Baguette is a tiny bakery which does a lot of business. They serve - unsurprisingly - freshly -baked baguettes, most of them with a Vietnamese twist, as well as breakfast items off the menu and Vietnamese-inspired specials. From what I saw, the place is rocking from the moment it opens its doors until it closes at a little after five. I was drawn there with the natural homing instinct of a caffeine addict.
First – and most importantly – the coffee. Being in the city doesn't guarantee good coffee in Adelaide, but here my coffee radar was spot on. Not particularly creamy, but it hit the spot. I had it on good authority that the soy milk option was also acceptable.
Addiction temporarily sated, I could turn my attention to the menu. Taste's ready-made baguettes sounded interesting, but I was yearning for something freshly made from the bread-heavy menu. The egg and bacon roll was ideal for my circumstances that particular morning, but I suppose if I had been feeling more lively I would have ventured a lemongrass chicken baguette, which sounded amazing. My companion's ham and gruyere baguette looked delicious.
Taste doesn't have a lot of room for dine-in patrons, but it's worth vying for one of those tiny tables outside. The traffic at this end of Rundle Street is ideal to rest your eyes on while your mouth gets busy with breakfast. The tininess of the tables also engenders a kind of camaraderie among the diners, so you have a chance of making friends.
For a simple but nice breakfast and a chance to watch the world go by, Taste Baguette is just the right spot.
Note: in the research for this review I have discovered that Taste Baguette is part of a chain. As a vicious and experienced chain-spotter, this took me by surprise. The only change it makes to my review is the observation that the Adelaide city location has managed the most locally-flavoured, non-chain atmosphere I've ever experienced.