Another Sunday and another restaurant to review.
This time it’s the ‘Boutique Hotel, Cafe and Gin Bar’ off the Perth Rd in Dundee, Taypark House.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants: Taypark House – The Restaurant
Based in an old manor house – and what I’m led to believe was once part of the University of Dundee’s Medical School – it’s fair to say that this is a nice looking restaurant/cafe.
The decor is swish, the seating comfortable and – and this is not something I’ve ever felt the need to comment on in any of my previous restaurant reviews – the toilets were very clean.
Put simply, it looks great, but that’s far from the most important aspect an eatery should be judged upon…
Stuart Reviews Restaurants: Taypark House – The Food
When I was chatting to someone earlier this week about my restaurant reviews, they made a very sage point…
They said that when they go out for something to eat, they expect to get something better than what they could quickly make for themselves in their own kitchen.
That’s exactly right.
If I go to Jessie’s Kitchen for example, I can order a Tuna Melt and know for sure that I’ll get a better quality dish than I could rustle up at home, even though a Tuna Melt in theory is quite a simple dish. The chef at Jessie’s shows that there’s more to it than just tuna, cheese and bread.
With that in mind, today at the Taypark House I ordered a Steak Ciabatta with caramelised onions, and I can honestly say that I could make a better one myself. In fact, I’ve had a better one this week.
And that’s disappointing.
I love a good steak sandwich, but if I order one in a restaurant I want it to be special. I want the steak to be perfectly cooked, for the bread to be of a higher standard than I can buy in a supermarket and for it to almost melt in the mouth.
Don’t get me wrong, it was decent enough and was made with good quality steak, but it was quite dry on the ciabatta and lacked anything to set it apart from something I could make myself in five minutes.
Mhairi meanwhile ordered the Breaded Halloumi Flatbread and reported back that she enjoyed it, but longed for last week’s Tinsmith pie.
So did I.
We also got ourselves a couple of takeaway traybakes but unfortunately once again, they weren’t up to the standard set by Jessie’s Kitchen (which I’ll review at some point soon).
Stuart Reviews Restaurants: Taypark House – The Drink
A pint of draught lemonade for £2.30.
Absolutely no complaints on that score.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants: Taypark House – The Vegetarian’s Viewpoint
Choice for the Shallot Scoffers was actually quite limited.
The Halliumi Flatbread was the one sandwich that catered for vegetarians and the only other choices were a Goats Cheese Salad, Mac & Cheese and a Mezze selection.
That’s not too bad but other establishments offer a wider selection.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants: Taypark House – The Price
All in for two main courses, two drinks and two traybakes it came to £25 or thereabouts.
That’s £7 more than last week’s trip to The Tinsmith.
Stuart Reviews Restaurants: Taypark House – Final Thoughts
In isolation, Taypark House would probably be considered a decent place to eat.
However, I’ve become quite the gourmand in the last couple of months and have tried many local restaurants, pubs and cafes. With that comes a higher level of comparison and scrutiny.
And unfortunately for Taypark House, it means that I must consider it a disappointment.
If you’re looking for somewhere to have a nice bite to eat in Dundee, there are better places out there.
They might not look as nice, but the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the tasting.
And I’ve tasted better,
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