Tangled Branches: Satiated
riveting tales of how we sustain ourselves
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Hot Breads (Indian Bakery)
I don't believe I've mentioned Hot Breads here yet. We just went there for lunch today. When I first heard about this place, I thought it sounded kind of strange - European-style breads and pastries with Indian flavorings and fillings. But it works. We had Chicken Tikka Panini and a Jalapeno-Cheese Croissant for lunch. The croissants and their cousins (buns, puffs, plaits) are all made up and sitting in the bakery case. The Chicken Tikka Panini is made-to-order and only available during lunch and dinner hours. Now don't go there expecting the panini to be served on focaccia; this bread is more like a very large, very flat hamburger bun. They fill it with Chicken Tikka (ground up about the texture of hamburger meat), coriander chutney, chopped onions and sliced tomato. Then they grill the whole thing on a ridged grill and cut it into quarters. We find that sharing one between us two, with a side order of a savory pastry works out about right for lunch.
DH never wants to order the buns (they look like baked roast pork buns/cha xiu bao, only bigger) because he thinks the filling is too skimpy. I like them, myself. He goes more for the croissants. They have basically the same fillings in each style of pastry: spinach, jalapeno & cheese, paneer, chicken tikka, chicken curry, keema, mixed veg, potato & bell pepper - I've probably left out something but that's the general idea. Not all of them will necessarily be available at any one time.
We also like the pav vada, which is a potato patty on a hamburger bun with coriander chutney, tomato and chopped onion. I think they give you a lime wedge with that too. Those come 2 to an order.