Taste In Restaurant Review, Burlingame

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Taste In

1199 Broadway Ave (Near Laguna Ave)

Burlingame, CA 94010

650-348-3097

Taste In Website

Taste In Burlingame exterior decor

Taste In is a family owned Mediterranean deli and restaurant in Burlingame’s Broadway Street shopping district. They focus on Mediterranean cuisine including falafel’s, schawerma, kabobs and the like. This place opened in late 2009. Our last visit was in fall 2011.

Taste In Burlingame interior decor

Decor, Vibe – Deli store with the food counter, glass cases, and a couple of simple tables. Most of their business was to go and not sit down.

Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

Taste In Burlingame menu

Taste In Menu has a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, platters, and desserts.

Website Taste In Menu

Picks:

Taste In Burlingame lamb wrap

Shawarma Wrap ($8.99) Thinly sliced Lamb with garlic sauce, fried potato, parsley, cabbage, and wrapped in a grilled crispy pita was hot off the grill and big.  A garlicy / zesty sauce kept this wrap moist, but VERY spicy.  Decent meat.

Falafel Balls ($4.49 for 4pcs) were huge, cripsy and good.

Green Lentil Soup ($3.99) was the soup of the day and is chock full of tender beans, vegetables, and a rich broth.

Taste In Burlingame Mediterranean platter

Mediterranean platter ($10.99) falafel, hummus, dolmas, feta cheese, baba ganough, olives, and Moroccan eggplant salad was solid with the falafel’s and hummus standing out. Quantities were on the high side. The pita bread is decent.

Taste In Burlingame combo mixed grill kebab platter

Mixed Grill kebbaba platter ($14.49) of lamb cubes, chicken chunks, and kefta (mixed ground lamb and vegetables) with hummus, salad, rice, and pita bread. This was a very good dish especially the kefta and rice, plus the lamb was not gamey at all.

OK:

Taste In Burlingame cracked wheat soup

Cracked wheat soup ($3.25) was a nice hot vegetarian soup with decent flavors. They let us sample five different soups, many of which are delicious, including a yogurt one.

Taste In Burlingame Baklava desserts

Baklava with rose water syrup ($1.50 each) pistachio nuts or walnuts was very good. Not Greek style and super sweet like most versions, still sweet but with very nice flavors and crispy phyllo done. One of the best we’ve tried. Mini Roses ($.85) and fingers ($.85) were both very good also.

Taste In Burlingame Kunafa dessert

Warm Kunafa was a carrot cake looking dessert that is almost like a warm cake with shredded dough on top. Also nicely done but on the sweet side.

Pans:
None

Taste In had friendly service helping to explain why this place is so highly rated on Yelp. We did have to get up and flagged down for some items in the bill. The folks even allowed us to sample several different items before ordering. The food was surprisingly good. Nearby places that compete include Tannourine. Taste In also does catering and party trays.

We have also reviewed nearby restaurants Shabu House and Grace Garden.

Taste In on Urbanspoon

Taste In Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:None
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon - Sat 9:30am - 8:30pm, Sun 9:30am - 7pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:$4.99 - $14.49

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