A Simple but Tasty Sandwich at Cluny

ClunyLocation: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Website: https://clunybistro.com/

Cluny is a French bistro in the Distillery District that also has an attached bakery where they sell various pastries and sandwiches.

Cluny

The bakery has the requisite sweets, of course, along with a handful of tasty looking sandwiches and savoury pastries (the quiche looked good, as did the tourtiere).  I went with the ham and brie sandwich.

I got it toasted, though I think untoasted might be the better option.  Toasting gets the bread a little too crunchified, and melts the fat in the ham, making the sandwich a drippy, greasy mess.

Cluny

Even so, it’s a tasty sandwich.  The bread, even in its over-crunched form, is top-notch, and the speck ham and brie work nicely together.  It’s a simple sandwich, but if you’re dealing with high quality ingredients that compliment each other well, further ornamentation is unnecessary.

A Tasty Sandwich at Blackbird Baking Co.

Blackbird Baking Co.Location172 Baldwin Street, Toronto
Websitehttps://blackbirdbakingco.com/

The ham and pimento cheese sandwich from Blackbird Baking Co. is exceptionally simple.  It’s just ham, pimento cheese, and arugula.  Less is more.

Getting a sandwich from a good bakery is usually a pretty safe bet; if nothing else, you know the bread is going to be good.

Blackbird Baking Co.

And the bread here was especially tasty, with a great flavour, a lightly crispy exterior, and a nice hearty chew.  I could eat a big hunk of that bread on its own and be satisfied.  The filling is almost a bonus.

Pimento is a southern sandwich spread consisting of cheddar, mayo, and pimentos; its presence in this sandwich takes the classic ham and cheese combo and kicks it up a notch.

Blackbird Baking Co.

It’s creamy and rich, with a nice sharp cheesy flavour and just a little bit of spice and garlic.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to the meaty ham.  It makes for a top notch sandwich.