sand·wich (noun) an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal.
Doesn’t sound too exciting, right? A great sandwich is so much more than that definition. Done right sandwiches are a work of art, constructed from freshly baked bread (gluten-free options are available), housemade spreads, and of course the stuff in the middle gets it due.
With the sandwiches on its new lunch menu, CHAUD CAFE & WINE BAR has stuffed tons of delicious details and ingredients into that boring definition. No cheese paste sandwiches here, we’re talking sandwiches like the Vada Paav, The French Dip Au Jus, the cleverly named Chaud Dog and Muffaletta. See all our Chaud Cafe pictures from lunch here (link).
So a few weeks ago CHAUD CAFE invited us and our blogging pal from Learning Patience to sample the new lunch menu and we happily accepted.
Here’s what we tasted:
CHAUD DOG – Beer Braised Grilled Pork Sausage, Sauteed Onions, Cheddar Cheese Sauce, Homemade Piccalilli The Chaud Dog gets high marks for being locally made (and beer braised)! The juicy pork sausage is made by Del Mano Foods, one of our favourite local food artisans. And it’s not just the sausage, the toppings are also boss. Ho hum ketchup and mustard were subbed with oozing cheddar cheese, sauteed onions and the cafe’s piccalilli made in house – pickled tender cauliflower, carrots, onions, and red pepper. All this hot dog glory was served with housemade chips on the side that were so good they should be bagged and sold.
MUFFALETTA – Parma Ham, Salami, Mortadella, Provolone, House Giardiniera on Ciabatta We’re always game to try any dish that comes out of New Orleans, Louisiana. CHAUD CAFE did justice to this New Orleans sandwich classic with the requisite meats and melted provolone cheese. But it was the Giardiniera, yet another housemade item that took this sandwich to the next level. The olives, carrots, and red peppers were pickled and bathed in a herb dressing, all of which did its job of cutting the saltiness of the meat with a light vinegary jolt.
EGG SALAD SANDWICH – Arugula, Tomatoes, Cornichons on Toasted Brioche (available with smoked salmon) Don’t mind the plain sounding name, CHAUD CAFE’s version is what every egg sandwich should taste like. Flecked with dill, the creamy egg salad was served with smoked salmon on toasted brioche (also housemade). The salmon addition was tasty upgrade and worked so well that we vowed to try to make it a home.
VADA PAAV – Indian Spiced Potato Cake, Shaved Carrot-Raisin Salad, Tamarind-Mint Sauce, Tomatoe Chutney, Lettuce on a Bun This was the sandwich we were most excited about because we’ve never tasted or even heard of a Vada Paav. A little Googling at the table revealed that the Vada Paav is actually popular fast food item in India also known as the “Indian Burger.”
This Indian burger is a mouthful but a good vegetarian mouthful (see the picture below!). The spicy potato cake is a mashup of potatoes and spices, cooled down by the carrot raisin salad. Thank you CHAUD CAFE for introducing the Vada Paav to Trinidad & Tobago.
For those looking for less bread or lighter lunch option, CHAUD CAFE’S lunch menu also offers up excellent Tartines and Flatbreads, which tasted as good as they looked: