The menu features several sandwiches, all of which are served on a “ficelle” from Lyon Bakery. What’s a ficelle? Well, the picture to the left says it all. It’s a very long, thin baguette-style bread.
If you’ve read some of my other sandwich-musings (e.g. El Floridano, America Eats Tavern’s lobster roll), you’ll know that I have talked about key metrics for assessing the quality of any sandwich. First, the bread-to-filling ratio. No one wants too much of either. Second, the bread. Obviously, it needs to be fresh. It also needs a little texture. It needs to hold its own against the filling but not fight with you as you try to get to the filling. Based on my first and only experience with Rolling Ficelle, its sandwiches pull in high scores with respect to both of these metrics.
I tried the “Davis,” which is a chicken salad sandwich with a twist. It consists of chunks of chicken breast tossed with parsley, slivered almonds, and a lemon aioli. The filling is piled into a ficelle and topped with avocado, tomato, and romaine heart leaves (much more tender than the outer romaine leaves).
Now, I’m a huge fan of chicken salad generally. I order it often as a sandwich or sometimes simply served over some romaine. I’m somewhat of a purist though. I don’t like too many add-ins that dilute the main components of chicken and mayonnaise. Yet I loved the Rolling Ficelle’s take on the classic chicken salad sandwich. The bread-to-filling ratio was spot on and the bread was fantastic. It was the perfect combination of a crusty exterior and a soft interior. It held up well to the chicken breast which was moist and dressed with the right amount of lemon aioli. I hate when my chicken salad is drowning in mayonnaise. I also really liked the added textures here. The almonds offered a nice crunch and the lemon added a lovely brightness. I love avocado on pretty much anything so you’ll never hear me complaining about avocado being added to any dish reviewed on this blog.
Try a sandwich next time you walk by the Rolling Ficelle. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed!