Downtown LA: Bottega Louie’s Sandwich Makes No SenseJan 28 2011 · 7 comments · Brunch, Downtown LA, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
A food grudge is hard to shake. I should know because I’ve been holding one for a couple of weeks. The object of my rancor is the Vegetarian Club from Bottega Louie. On the menu, it sounded so good: zucchini, avocado, hard-boiled egg, whole grain mustard and curry aioli on 7-grain bread. Yes, please, I’ll take that!
When the sandwich came to the table, it was beautiful—from their high ceilings to their meticulous plating, presentation is where Bottega Louie shines. But take a closer look. Camouflaged by the appetizing color scheme and cute little cups of veggies is a sandwich that makes no sense.
I’m not a stickler for tradition, but the whole point of a club sandwich is that it has two layers of filling and three pieces of bread. That’s its point of distinction. This, however, was just a series of tea sandwiches speared by a wooden stick. Unless you’re willing to chuck a few slices of bread, most mouths aren’t big enough to eat this in proper club fashion. Plus, since there are 5 pieces, you’d be left with an extra layer.
Are you grasping the gravity of the situation?
I decided to eat the sandwiches piece by piece, and that was a mistake. The two egg-filled pieces were a real treat—curried egg salad and avocado are a taste combo made in heaven—but the other pieces were just filled with cucumber, onion, tomato and mustard. Blah.
In an attempt to salvage the meal, I asked for some more avocado, pointing out how uneven the sandwich’s distribution was. The waiter looked at me like I was nuts and then charged me for the extra essential avocado. Are you kidding me? Insult to bad-sandwich injury.
I did, however, enjoy the tangy tomato soup. The croutons and crème fraiche were a nice touch.
Thanks for listening.