The latest cutesy outpost has opened on Stone Street, the Financial District's restaurant row. It's called "Smorgas Chef", and is a cheery yellow-paint and blonde wood Swedish sandwich shop. They opened last Friday, and I stopped by today to sample their early offerings.
They offer two soups, one each day -- Lobster Bisque and Red Crab & Vegetable. They also offer open face smoked salmon sandwiches, complete with creme fraiche. They also have takeaway salads. Some breakfast items, too -- some hefty looking scones.
I opted for the open-face lobster sandwich to go. At $14, I wasn't sure it would be worth the money, but sure enough, I got a nice hunk of real lobster meat, pile on a piece of somewhat stale white bread and plied with mayonaise, creme fraiche and greens. Also included were some interesting grilled asparagus that tasted like they had an annise-based marinade. I noted with some delight that included in the greens were some crunchy peas that tasted like they had been scraped out of a sugar snap pea. Yum. The portion was normal sized, though i could see how someone used to hearty lunches would be disappointed.
The open-faced smoked salmon sandwich looked like an ample portion, and judging from my fellow diners, this may have been the early winner. The menu is limited, but that may be due to their youth.
I am very interested in sampling their other wares and look forward to other reports on this interesting addition to this otherwise barren culinary wasteland. Now, if only we could have a nice Middle Eastern takeaway that 's not as far as Fulton Street (some of us have very short lunches).
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