I was sure what I wanted for lunch but I couldn't get it. Kanda @ Mitsuwa Marketplace for Soba was just too far from work in southeast Culver City to go on my bike. After perusing the piles of menus which are @ work I decided to make due with a Tuna Melt from a place I'd never tried before.
Bluebird Bakery a very cute cafe plopped down in a very industrial section of Culver City it almost seems out of place rather than a breath of fresh air. The menu is simple but filled with fresh ingredients. I ended up getting the Tuna melt with aged cheddar and tomato on potato dill bread, cooked in a Panini press for which I must say one thing the presses get the texture of the sandwich perfect, they don't get the sandwiches hot enough. the grilled cheeses and tuna Melts of my youth done on a griddle or fry pan would get the outsides crisp and make the centers hot so the cheese would melt to a gooey constancy. The presses aren't able to do that. Otherwise the sandwich was great. The Dill potato bread crisped up nicely and went well with the tuna and Heirloom tomato in the sandwich. It came with a side of good homemade slaw.
The Fries I ordered as a side came 5 minutes after the sandwich ensuring the tuna would be cold when eaten. But the fries were excellent. On the thick side for shoestring they were cooked to a perfect golden color crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy inside. Tossed in salt, garlic [powder I think] and parsley, there were enough in the order for two and plated nicely on s piece of yesterday's LA times. The waitress brought ketchup to the table but these were great on their own and with a little fresh made mayo would have been sinful.
For dessert with all the talk of cupcakes on the board recently that is what I was jonezing for. I chose the Red Velvet which was the smallest on they had and it came from a refrigerated case. The waitress suggested waiting a few minutes for the cupcake to get to room temperature. which I did. The Cupcake had excellent flavor in the cake and the frosting which was cream cheese based. The one problem was having been stored in a refrigerator it had been dehumidified. Possibly letting it warm up more would have helped with the moisture content.
All and all I woud rate it a 7. The sevice was great and atmosphere inside was cute. All told with a 1/2 litre of pelagrino it was 16.50 plus tip.
8572 National Bl
Culver City, CA 90232
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