#It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday# sings Rebecca Black, as she heralds the start of the weekend to which everybody is looking forward.
Buoyed by this notion, today I headed to Frederick Street to try out Le Sandwich, an unassuming little sandwich shop, nestled in a basement, next to the charming Eteaket.
It’s a no-nonsense sort of place, and I’d picked a good time for a visit, as the crowds had subsided for a moment. It offers the usual breakfast and lunch fare, making sandwiches to order and offering three different homemade soup options, each day.
I chose my sandwich from the cabinet of ready-mades, opting for a chorizo, mozzarella and tomato chutney roll, topped with poppy seeds that I would no doubt be brushing off my desktop, soon enough. To this I added a large Thai chicken soup, favouring that over lentil, or scotch broth.
Following a brisk march back to the office, cutting through the keen air with considerable vigour, I contemplated my comestibles. I assessed the temperature of the soup, established it was very hot, so turned my attention to my roll.
I have to admit to being well impressed. The chorizo was chunky and succulent, the tomato chutney provided good tang, and while the mozzarella was of the “filler” variety, much like that I sampled at Lime, it ensured that the roll had a good, substantial feel.
The soup wasn’t quite so good. To start it was very oily, and this only partially dissipated with a good mix. It was a little thin, too, although this meant that it could be drunk rather than spooned, which is maybe a perceived virtue with this type of takeaway soup. The dominant flavours were coconut and lemongrass, so it ticked the Thai box, but it lacked either a chilli punch or strong citrus kick, meaning that the overall effect was rather insipid.
Presentation, service and setting were all pretty standard, and I received one good and one not so good dish. Consequently, Le Sandwich didn’t really standout for me. I’m fairly confident that you’ll get a consistent product from them, but I think there are many better places in the neighbourhood. I keep saying this about places, then never following it up to verify, but I imagine it does good bacon rolls. Perhaps given that this month’s Total Food Geeks theme is “retox”, I should indulge in a few more hangovers followed by bacon rolls, all in the name of research, you understand.
Blythe scores Le Sandwich:
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 12/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: Thai chicken soup; chorizo, mozzarella and tomato chutney roll
I drank: nothing
I wore: red, white and blue checked www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: £4.25