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Le Pain Quotidien sandwich review

Sasha | Jan 25, 200606:12 PM

I was on the promenade today and gave this place a whirl for lunch, since I have been enjoying and indulging in the various bakeries popping up everywhere (or maybe they've been there and I didn't know before) for breakfast.

They have a generous selection of interesting sounding sandwiches. I ordered the prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella, which came on the bakery's own wheat bread, with sundried tomato slivers and pesto. Unfortunately, there was no gestalt here - the sum was exactly equal to its parts, which were ok, but not stellar. I keep hoping that these sandwiches will make me smile as well as drool, but that was not to be. The prosciutto was fine, and a generous amount served. I believe it was not parma though, but domestic. The cheese was fine and fresh. The sundried tomatos were tasty, but they were very lighthanded with those, as with the pesto, so instead of being a nice tart, sweet, and garlicky counterpoint to the salty ham and subtle cheese, the sandwich was just mostly salty and subtle. The bread was chewy on the inside and chewier on the outside. It also did not have the well developed flavors of other artisanal breads I like (such as La Brea or my SD fave, Bread and Cie). Also, I think toasted would have improved the sandwich.

Generous size sandwich, plus a little fruit and a little greens was $10.75 (to go price). This was one of the more expensive sandwiches. The rest are about $8.

I'm curious if anyone out there has tried the other sandwiches here and had better luck.

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