I had a fairly disappointing experience today at 3 Square Bakery, the new Bakery (and soon to open cafe) from Hans Rockenwagner. It is basically a bigger, and professionally designed version of his R Bakery on Washington Blvd, with all the same oversized (and tasty) pastries, panini sandwiches, and European imports like Meinl coffee and plenty of Ritter Sport chocolate bars. I ordered the Nougat Ring, a flaky cookie with hazelnut nougat covered in choclate. It was very good, just way too big. It is a gourmet Mallowmar.
For lunch I ordered my favorite panini that I have gotten at R Bakery several times, the Black Forest Ham, caramelized onion and cheese panini. It was lightly crisp on top, and soft on the bottom. It really needed a couple more minutes on the grill. After a couple bites, I felt the burning fumes from the mustard shoot through my nasal passage, as if I had taken a whole ball of wasabi into my mouth. At R, the sandwich has mustard, but nothing like this. After a couple more tentative bites, while crying into my napkin, I gave up.
Hans was there, working the room, greeting his friends (this is their first day open). if I had any nerve I would have: 1. Asked him to pose with me for a picture to put in this post, 2. Should have complained my sandwich was inedible, and requested my money back. I did not want to do that, because I was initially overcharged for the sandwich by $5, which took some time to void my credit card ,re-ring it up, produce receipts, etc (which I will blame fist day jitters for this). I am sure after a couple weeks open, everyone will get the hang of things, and mistakes like that won't be made. But think I will just continue to get my favorite panini at R.
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291