October 22, 2008

Reviewed: Piquillo’s egg salad sandwich

They say “write what you know,” so it’s time for a sandwich review. When I’m off the clock, I run the sandwich-themed blog “It’s What’s Between.” Therefore I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a brand new restaurant and a unique sandwich today.

After much staring at various menus, I settled on Piquillo and their Ensaladilla de Huevo con Anchoa y tomaquet Bocadillo. That’s an egg salad sammy with anchovies and tomatoes to you and me. Piquillo is T5′s Spanish restaurant, which is both named for and shaped like a type of Spanish chile pepper.

(L to R) AeroNuova, Piquillo and 5ive Steak

(L to R) AeroNuova, Piquillo and 5ive Steak

The interior is autumn in restaurant form. It features copper-colored leaf-printed counters, gold place mats, soft candles and muted tiles lining the arch interspersed with abalone-like iridescent panels. The hangar-shaped building even produces a wind tunnel effect, creating a constant but not-unpleasant breeze.

I eat a lot of egg salad sandwiches, but never would it have occurred to me to top one with fish. And I expected little anchovies like the ones that come with mustard in a tin, but these guys were big.

Biting into the sandwich, I was struck by the creaminess of the egg salad, which contrasted nicely with the crusty baguette. It’s rich and smooth and has distinct bits of egg white and yolk to bite into. Instead of slices like I’m used to, the tomatoes were rubbed onto the interior of the bread. I thought that might make the bread soggy but it didn’t, and gave a noticeable tomato flavor without taking up valuable sandwich real estate.

And then there’s the anchovies. The Ninja Turtles wouldn’t approve, but I can vouch for the fishes’ deliciousness on this sandwich. They make it fishy and oily and salty and that’s a good thing. What tastes like mustard in the egg salad adds just enough tang to keep the fish from overwhelming.

My only knock on the sandwich is that it’s not quite big enough to be a lunch by itself. But I’ll happily pay the $6 for quality over quantity — 15 bites of Piquillo’s egg salad awesomeness beats my corner bodega’s 30 bites of eggy mayo on a hero any day.

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