Saturday, August 05, 2006
Surfas Restaurant Supply in Culver City recently went through a major make-over, which included a move to the brightly lit retail-friendly space next door to their original, dark warehouse. Surfas has gone from a nice little industry secret to a major retailer, more geared toward the general public then ever before. They have also put their own labels on many items, including beans, flours, and spices. Part of this make over includes a little cafe/deli adjacent to the store. They have a menu of panini, salads, pastries, and a deli case of cheeses and cured meats.
Their cannele are one of the better ones you can find in town, and a little mascarpone tart was pleasantly creamy with a hint of lemon.
Their panini and the other hand were a huge disappointment. First of all, do not expect those cool panini crimps, they apparently use the flat side of the press. I ordered the roasted tomato panini with grilled fig and Taleggio. It was tiny, filled with one tomato slice, and half a fig. I was finished with it by the time my friends were halfway through theirs. I was still so hungry I contemplated heading down the street to Bluebird Cafe for a good panini.
Heather's grilled cheese looked the most promising, but made with raisin bread you couldn't taste the variety of cheeses inside.
Brooke ordered the Turkey Club - the best of the batch. As I have said before, bacon makes anything better. I ordered mine well done, as usual, and they gave it to me barely medium. I returned it, only to receive it barely past medium. My friends' sandwiches on the other hand, we beautifully dark without specifying one way or the other. Hhmph. They were accompanied by a little spinach salad with a very sweet dressing, and a little container of pickles.
One nice touch in the cafe is the water cooler, filled with mint and lemon. A much better option than paying seventy five cents for an iced tea refill (emphasis on the ICED), and waiting in the rapidly growning line. It was lunchtime and the place was packed. I wanted to hand out Bluebird Cafe menus.
8777 W. Washington Blvd.