Located along Wright Street, Taste offers a good range of Asian dishes and noodle dishes that uses handmade noodles. The chef only makes the noodles when he receives an order so you get to watch the fascinating process of a lump of dough being transformed into long noodle strands simply by continuous pulling of the dough. The restaurant is very popular with the locals, attracting a large crowd during the peak dinner hour.
Taste's Crispy Beef Slices with Chilli is a nice take on the Spiced Hot Chilli Chicken dish that we love, with deep-fried slices of beef taking the place of the chicken. The beef was done very well with the crisp coating contrasting well with the tender meat and the spice mix gave the dish a moreish spicy flavour. It also had peanuts to add an element of crunch to the dish.
Crispy Beef Slices with Chilli (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Appropriately named, their Steamed Fish Fillet with Fiery Sauce had chunks of fish fillet which were cooked just right with a topping of chilli and garlic that gave the dish a delectable spicy aftertaste. Hidden within the chilli topping are black beans which added a wonderful salty element to the dish.
Steamed Fish Fillet with Fiery Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the dishes in the restaurant that uses handmade noodles, their Braised Beef Brisket with Bamboo Shoots features noodles cooked in a beef broth with beef brisket, bamboo shoots and Chinese vegetables. The noodles were cooked to al dente with the beef broth bringing out its flavour. Beef brisket can be tough if it had not been cooked for a long enough time. The beef brisket in this dish was braised to perfection and was tender and tasty. Served with the dish are pickled vegetables whose sharp taste helped to balance out the rich taste of the beef broth.
Braised Beef Brisket with Bamboo Shoots Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you prefer dry noodle dishes, Taste also has a range of stir-fried handmade noodles dishes. The Salty Pork Slice Noodles we chose had slices of preserved pork which added a delightful salty element to the dish and the sauce the noodles were tossed in subtly enhanced its flavour without overwhelming it.
Salty Pork Slice Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While it can be a bit oily, the pork belly in their Twice Cooked Pork Belly was cooked just right with the strips of capsicum adding a bit of bite to the dish. The ingredients were tossed in a chilli sauce which brought out their flavour and as with their Steamed Fish with Fiery Sauce, this dish also had black beans to add a salty taste to the dish.
Twice Cooked Pork Belly (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for those wanting a vegetable dish, the green beans in the Green Beans with Dry Sauce had the right amount of bite of to them with the pork mince the beans were cooked with complementing them perfectly. There is another version of the dish which uses a garlic sauce instead.
Green Beans with Dry Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the snack dishes offered at Taste, their Pork & Vegie Dumplings can be ordered either steamed or pan fried. The pan fried option we chose had dumplings with a juicy filling which went together well with the crisp skin of the dumpling. To enhance the flavour of the dumplings, you can dip it into the vinegar soy sauce that is provided at the table.
Pork & Vegie Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ambience of the restaurant was similar to a quieter version of a food court with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. We love the handmade noodles and plan to go back and try the different types of noodles (thin and flat) cooked in different broth.