I was recently told Café Pavé had the best sandwiches in Montreal. I was rather dubious at that claim since I verily knew that the best sandwiches were, in fact, crafted by yours truly. Nonetheless, I had to check out the challenger: "keep your friends close and your enemies closer", and so on.
Well, I'm going to have to admit that Café Pavé has some incredible sandwiches. While I still think mine are delicious, I will admit that they are not quite as well balanced, taste and texture-wise as Café Pavé's sandwiches. Indeed, those are notable for hitting all the rights spots, the aforementioned taste and texture, as well as their fillingness.
I had the Monterey (pork) and the Bogota (vegetarian). I'm a big fan of both vegetarian and meat sandwhiches and both rocked the charts for looks and texture. They use fresh, high quality bread, which is obviously an important part of a good sandwich. My friends and I equally enjoyed the Monterey. You can confirm my appreciation in the video... The Monterey sandwich is composed of pulled pork, spinach, red onion, peppers and artichoke spread. All the flavours and textures combined wonderfully well.
My friends, however, did not like the Bogota quite as much. They thought it was good, just too sweet. I must say I had no problem with the sweetness, but I must admit I have a sweet tooth. We were all surprised to find that the habanero jelly was not actually spicy. Being addicted to the heavenly combination of sweet and spicy, I was a little sad about this, but that was just because of the expectation of piquante. Otherwise the lack of said heat would not have been noticed.
Anyhow, scrumptious and delicious best sums up my experience. Montreal's best sandwiches? Just maybe. I certainly haven't had better. I also liked the fact that they have a varied sandwich menu. I ask you, what better way to honour this culinary delight? Indeed, the humble sandwich is second to none in terms of varieties you can conceive. Pizza comes close, but still can't quite match the might of the sandwich. Café Pavé has 18 different sandwiches plus a different one every week. That means you can go there every business day for a month and not have to have the same one. Hmmm, I'm salivating just thinking about the idea! Note to self: that would be a fun food endeavour.
I'm obviously not the only to think that Café Pavé is a master at the art of sandwich-making, as you can attest by checking out Urban Spoon:
Beyond that, I think my mission this spring will be to compare Olive & Gourmando's Cubain sandwich. The only question would be to figure out which of Café Pavé's sammies will step into the ring.
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