Breakfast Platter @ Red Rose Taverne

Price: $8.99

When: March 27, 2018, 9:15 AM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

Red Rose Taverne is now serving breakfast!

Technically, this is a move: the Taverne is taking over breakfast service from Rancho del Zocalo, where it had been for a couple of years. We weren’t that impressed with Rancho’s offerings, and are keen to see if the Taverne offers a higher-quality experience.

We start with their Breakfast Platter.

This dish is a standard, American-style breakfast, served on an oval of black plastic. You’ve got your eggs, your breakfast potatoes (“Taverne potatoes”), your strips of bacon. And, because Red Rose Taverne is doing its whole Beauty and the Beast (read: French) thing … you get a croissant.

I start with the bacon. It’s great. Crispy and delicious. Awesome.

Next: eggs. These are just OK. Nothing’s wrong with them, but they’re a touch bland. They would benefit from salt, pepper, ketchup or Tabasco. That said, they’re definitely better than the eggs at Tangaroa Terrace.

The Taverne potatoes are surprisingly good. They’re well-cooked, nicely seasoned, and go down easy.

Finally, I come to the croissant. It’s weak, a heavy ball of dough that drops straight to the bottom of your stomach and stays there. Lurking. This feels like a gimmick. It just doesn’t work.

This is a good overall value, and a solid choice if you’re looking for breakfast in the parks. Enjoy the bacon and potatoes; grab a little seasoning for the eggs; skip the croissant.

Recommended.