1199 Broadway Ave (Near Laguna Ave)
Burlingame, CA 94010
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.
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 Menu has a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, platters, and desserts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.