Taste & See (CLOSED)

  • Restaurants
  • Western
  • Western
89 Taixing Lu

This venue has closed.

Taste & See has an appealing, easy-as-pie concept. The menu is affordable and the casual-chic restaurant visually tantalises with a central dessert buffet laden with cakes, meringues, cookies and fresh fruit. They offer budget deals like lunch sets for 65-85RMB and all-you-can-eat desserts from 2.30-11pm for 98RMB. On weekends, the brunch buffet (10.30am-2.30pm) is just 120RMB, while daily dinner is 120RMB for one main plus unlimited salad and desserts.

On our dinner visit, the buffet’s DIY salad is a simple but very fresh mesclun mix topped with shaved fennel. The one savoury item in the buffet, a spinach quiche, has a great buttery crust. However, several of the hot entrees disappoint. Meatballs and spaghetti (which has an additional 30RMB supplement) comes in a bath of bland tomato sauce with overcooked pasta. Likewise, the chicken breast entree is uninspiring. It is paired with decent sautéed mushrooms but the brown sauce is thin and bland.

Fortunately there’s at least one winner – the Wagyu burger (add 30RMB) is richly juicy, served on a fluffy bun and topped with tomato, sweet red onion, bacon and mayo.

As with the savouries, the pretty desserts are a mixed bunch. The picks include a very light and moist sponge cake, topped with freshly whipped cream and berries, a rich dark-chocolate tart and buttery banana crumble served in a warming dish. None of the desserts are stunning, but everything is fresh, light and not overly-sweet.

Overall, Taste&See is a great budget deal for its generous, fresh portions. However, some of the recipes need to be re-evaluated so that guests continue to want to taste, and not just see this tempting buffet.
Venue name: Taste & See (CLOSED)
Opening hours: Open 10am-10pm daily
Metro: Nanjing Xi Lu
English address: Zhong Plaza, 89 Taixing Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 静安区泰兴路89号张园内, 近南京西路