The young professionals powerlunch.
Thats how you'd describe the couple next to us..tapping away on their blackberry's, syncing their calendars and skulling their short blacks in all black corporate wear. Totally not us...
Its been a whirlwind couple of weeks and Im sure I have mentioned this in a previous post - I have recently started working right in the heart of Sydney CBD. Yes, I know what you are all thinking..so much food to conquer - every lunch break, every day. Its a very different lunch scene from my Paddington days (where I really frequented that one place) for sure! So friends of the fridgers, expect more CBD express lunch posts on this blog - might make it an ongoing series as im sure we all want to to spend our lunch-money and time wisely!
The second best thing about my move into the CBD is that I can have a cheeky lunch date with Demos since we are both in the vicinity! Im still getting used to being able to catch up with my lovely other half in the middle of my workday but i'm sure the novelty will wear off! So what is the first best thing then? Well the award goes to Taste Baguette of course! While the power couple next to use was busy solving America's debt issues, we were content in falling into a baguette coma.
This particular branch of Taste Baguette is Located in Level 2 of the new Westfield Sydney, close to the basement entrance to the David Jones food hall. This cafe tends to be overlooked in favour of the gazillion options on the Level 5 food playground, and although it still is busy during the lunch hour you can still score a seat or wait a short while to take away a freshly baked baguette from their tempting counter. They serve a mean cup of Campo's coffee here but out eye was on the prize this time - we are here for the legendary baguettes!
Roast Pork Belly and Brie Baguette..and yes that is crackling peeking through that distracting lettuce.
How could you not say no to this bad boy? The pork on this roll is perfectly cooked with the kind of crackling that has you craving for more. I am a fien for this crispy crackling..salty and crunchy, rubbed with fennel seeds which is a perfect contrast to the creamy brie cheese. Each baguette is made fresh on the premises and oui oui they are good - the bread is baked every 15 minutes too!
As much as Demos wanted a pork belly baguette of his own, rules of food blogging dictate that we cannot order the same thing, duh! He has the 'baguette du jour' (fancy way of saying sandwich roll of the day) Today it was a wagyu roast beef, slice of Jarlsberg cheese, tomato and more of that distracting green stuff called lettuce.
Both baguettes were $9.50 and from what I am starting to gather, its quite a challenge to get a meal under $10 for lunch anywhere in the CBD. This seems that this is the going rate for CBD sandwiches - but i'd rather this than having a subway footlong or another hastily prepared roll elsewhere. Taste Baguette has quality fillings and damn that freshly baked bread is good!! They did ask us if we wanted a white or wholemeal baguette - but I figured since we were going all out with the pork crackling and brie, would I really worry about complex carbohydrates?
As our meal came to an end we were curious to see what the young professionals decided to order. There is a bigger selection of baguetter available and some sweet pastries and a pretty colourful selection of Macarons.
Unfortunately for them, the young professional power couple left after their small blacks..moral of the story? Don't be like them on your lunchbreak. Sit down, put the blackberry away and enjoy an awesome lunch with someone who will gladly order some crackling, creamy cheese and carbs!
Taste Baguette, you definitely live up to your name!
Taste Baguette - http://www.tastebaguette.com (check out their other locations)
Also in Westfield Sydney:
Charlie and Co -CLICK for full post
Cloudy Bay Fish Co & Via del Corso - CLICK for full post