Something So Simple
The Perfect Sandwich
Saint Cirgues, 206 Rue de Grenelle, 75005, Paris. 01 45 51 69 50.
If you have never been to France, you won't be able to imagine how good these sandwiches are. Half a fresh baguette, spread with real butter on one side and then a thin layer of meat, cheese or both. On the side, a serving of cornichons to add at your leisure.
You can try baguettes all over the world, but none of them will taste as good as they do in France. Here they are crispy on the outside but light yet bready within. There is nothing dense or chewy about them and as I much prefer a modest filling in a sandwich, I find the French version is perfect. It makes a desirable change from the overfilled sandwiches I have witnessed (but, admittedly, not tried) elsewhere.
Fred and I scored what might have been the best ever Parisian parking spot and then headed off in search of the sandwich. Although I just wanted ham and cheese, Fred needed a saucisson sec which was a little more elusive. After walking several blocks and passing well over a dozen pavement cafes and bistros, we found a place with the dry sausage he desired on their menu. The patron was kindly and friendly, exchanging conversation every time he passed by to clear another table. I was even able to have Bayonne ham in my sandwich. It is the French equivalent of Serrano or Prosciutto. Ummmm. Delicieux! Get to Paris and try one.
PS. This review was a first impression