I won’t even mention that my plans went awry again, today. Rather I will begin by saying that today involved prolonged periods of sunshine, which I rather enjoyed looking at from my ivory basement. When lunchtime arrived, and I could venture forth, I decided to toddle along to Sugarhouse Sandwiches, on the Canongate, which I’d spotted on my way to Wedgwood, the other day.
The place has a busy little shop front, with various boards outlining all the various options on offer.
The welcome from the counter staff was warm and friendly, and I was soon being walked through today’s soup choices. These were a veggie unfriendly (ham based stock) lentil, and an intriguing sounding curried carrot and butterbean. It was enthusiastically promoted as containing “real butterbeans”.
My house is currently full of “real butterbeans” (if tinned butterbeans are to be considered real, which I think they are) after my mother, who is a great fan of these particular items, went a bit bean crazy. So the prospect of finding a suitable recipe to divest my cupboards of their bulging bean bounty was too tempting to pass up.
I matched the soup with a salami, jarlsberg and pesto roll. The combination of the two items purchased together cost £4, as a meal deal.
Returned to the basement’s sun-bathed confines, I tested the soup for temperature and finding it still piping, I turned my attention to the roll, first.
It was a fairly standard roll, but the filling was abundant both in satisfying flavour and amount. The only issue was that it had rather a lot of mayonnaise on it and not much pesto. I didn’t have a problem with this and if anything it served to bring the whole together more effectively, but mayonnaise haters, of which MJ is one, would not have welcomed this unadvertised surprise.
Returning to the soup, it had retained its heat very nicely. It had good texture, a pleasing depth of flavour, and the whole beans worked very nicely. There’s a decent chance that at least some of the bean mountain will be scaled by attempting a version of this, soon.
Overall, Sugarhouse Sandwiches served me very nicely, today. The walk up Jacob’s Ladder, to get back to my office, did return the burn to my legs for the first time since our little Brighton escapade, so I’m not sure it will be an everyday place, but it will go somewhere on the regular rota.
Blythe scores Sugarhouse Sandwiches:
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
Today’s questers was: Blythe
I ate: curried carrot and butterbean soup; salami, jarlsberg, and pesto roll
I drank: nowt
I wore: lilac shirt
Total bill: £4