Although it's been open for a long time now, Saturday was my first visit to Bread Furst. I only had a passing idea of what to expect, mostly based on Breadline, Mark Furstenberg's downtown midweek lunch shop that he sold off.
The similarlty to Breadline is mainly that it is confusing. Only because someone before me asked for a ciabatta did I realize they had any. There is a very small selection of beverages on the go, in a low case that's hard to spot. Everyone has to ask for everything, there is no logic to it. Do they even make sandwiches? Hard to say.
On Saturday, Bread Furst was more like a traitteur than a bakery. A wide array of prepared foods to choose from. There were salmon cakes with a dill sauce, veggie frittata, stuffed eggplant, chicken adobo, and lots more. One whole case filled with cakes and pies. At the checkout there is yet another array of cookies, biscuits, croissants, and other items. And plenty of indoor seating to enjoy it all there.
I got three items: a muffaleta, a melted chocolate bread pudding, and a large ciabatta for $7.
The muffaletta is a cross between a sandwich and the New Orleans Superdome. It takes up the width of the counter, and they slice you off a piece. It is a mountain of food. SInce it is premade, the bread is part soggy but it is also quite chewy. Aside for a ridiculous amount of olive salad - what fell off could have been lunch itself - the muffaleta has a layer of hard salami which makes it difficult to eat, plus more soft meat and cheese. It is so damn attractive but also a bit ridiculous. I would not get it again.
The ciabatta is excellent although overdarkened compared to Breadline. All the bread looked very, very dark.
The bread pudding at $4 weighed a ton and could feed three people. It was sublime. All wet and gooey and thoroughly delicious. I immediately thought of how disappointed I was in an Emeril bread pudding in Orlando. This was a triumph and a dessert worth going out of your way for.