Great turkey sandwich at Gregoire's
On the new October menu at Gregoire's: "Long awaited 'Fra'Mani' turkey galantine with oriental slaw in pantofolina." $7.25 plus tax.
Never had a galantine before, to my knowledge, but according to Wikipedia: "A galantine is a French dish of de-boned stuffed meat, most commonly poultry or fish, that is poached and served cold, coated with aspic. Galantines are often stuffed with forcemeat, and pressed into a cylindrical shape."
This is one of the better cold sandwiches I've had in a while. The meat is very flavorful and tender--I almost want to say it "melts in your mouth," though that's not entirely accurate. Let's just say the texture isn't your typical dry, toothsome roast turkey. I could liken it to an upscale and much tastier version of a Butterball lunch meat, but I'm afraid that may come across as unflattering. In truth, the sandwich might not be for everyone, but I loved it--gobbled down the whole thing in minutes. Made me think of the sandwiches my mother packed for me when I was a kid--but an updated version for adults with foodie inclinations.
The slaw that came in the sandwich was lightly peppery and refreshing considering it was mayo based. Everything in the sandwich was, for me, really nicely balanced. Some black sesame seeds scattered in the slaw were visually appealing, but I didn't pick up much sesame taste.
All in all, I thought it was a perfect lunch for a hot day like today. The sandwich will be available at Gregoire's until the end of the month. I picked mine up at the Piedmont location.
4001 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611