I caught the L.A. Times review of Sweetsalt Food Shop today.
I think it was divine intervention because I had forgotten my lunch at home, and had driven into the office today, so I decided to check it out. It's Alex Eusebio's (Top Chef contestant from season 5) new place. It's a rather cute and simple little place with wooden tables and metal chairs. It was super busy when I walked in.
I went for the duck confit sandwich. It had duck confit, onion confit, chevre cheese, lavendar honey, and alfalfa sprouts on a ciabatta roll. I have to say that it was quite nice. The roll was more soft than crusty. The duck was lovely and rich and the alfalfa gave it a nice crunch. I did feel a bit overwhelmed by the honey and the onion confit...it felt a little too sweet for me, and I don't think I got enough chevre throughout the sandwich. The parts where there was chevre, there was a nice balance of flavors, but where there was no chevre, it felt more like dessert than lunch. The sandwich came with a mesclun salad made with the house honey-citrus vinaigrette...the acidity from the salad helped cut the sweet from the sandwich. I also found a tiny bit of duck bone in my sandwich.
The selection of desserts were nice, so I picked up a red velvet cookie sandwich with cream cheese frosting. The cookie sandwich while okay, did not really wow me with the lightly cocoa-y vinegar-y flavor that red velvet is supposed to have...and I found the cream cheese frosting to be too sweet. I believe the desserts are made by Valerie (an outside provider), however, the chef has the creme brulee he made on Top Chef available on the menu for $3.
The vast majority of the customers were ordering the short rib sandwich and the turkey avocado.
Being that this is their first month or so of operation, I'm willing to give it another try. They have sandwiches and salads ranging from $7-$10. They make their soups daily, and have a lovely case of charcuterie and cheeses from America and Europe. They also sell an interesting selection of snacks and seasoning salts.
Sweetsalt Food Shop
10218 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA 91602-2502
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