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exilekiss Mar 31, 2010 05:03 PM

(Formatted with All Pictures here:
http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2010/03...

Unexpected surprises probably put as big a smile on my face as enjoying great dinners from places I frequent. Over the past few years, I usually pay a visit to my Pasadena Hounds once every few months, but normally for lunch or dinner. Then, on a fateful day late last year, we somehow ended up meeting earlier than usual (brunch time). Leaving it in the hands of my Pasadena Hounds, one of them casually blurted out, "Let's go to Euro Pane." I remembered reading about Euro Pane Bakery a few times on Chowhound, but never had the inclination to go. However, being ever curious, I said, "Sure, why not?" And ever since that first visit, I've found been more than happy to return for one glorious dish: The Egg Salad Sandwich. :)

From the outside, Euro Pane Bakery looks like any other nondescript business along the multiple strip malls on Colorado Boulevard (except for the abundance of potted plants dotting the storefront). Opened 16 years ago by Baker-Owner Sumi Chang (who studied under Nancy Silverton at La Brea Bakery), Euro Pane has built up a loyal following, with regulars stopping in and greeting the servers (and vice versa) on a first name basis.

Once inside, you're greeted with a single display case filled with whatever fresh baked pastries and sweets are available for that day, as well as a simple menu of their Sandwich selections. (Note: Euro Pane thankfully does not use Partially-Hydrogenated Oils for their pastries; only Butter.)

On my first visit to this bakery, I have to try their Plain Croissant. :)

It's fresh, doughy with a light chew and not too heavy. But it lacks that wonderful crispy, flaky exterior found in many of the best Croissants around town. If you consider this in comparison to all Croissants offered in So Cal, it's not bad, but if you compare this to places like Anisette, Amandine, etc., it's going to fall short.

Their Almond Bearclaw is up next.

Unfortunately, it's less moist than their Croissant, with a semi-dried out block of Almond Paste in the center.

At this point, I'm a little worried, but one of my Hounds reassures me the best is yet to come. We then try their Macadamia Nut Tart.

The first bite yields a lightly sweet, crunchy, fresh burst of Macadamia Nuts and a beautiful crust that's just the right amount of buttery without being overwhelming. Excellent! :)

Our first Sandwich arrives at this point: Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Sandwich (on Multigrain Bread).

Euro Pane bakes all their Bread in-house, and offers a choice of 7 types of Bread for their Sandwiches: Ciabatta, Multigrain, Sourdough, Rosemary Currant, Cranberry Walnut, Olive, and Brioche. I'm not the biggest Sandwich fan in the world (I usually don't order them), but this Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Sandwich is simply wonderful: It starts with the Multigrain Bread which is *so* soft, moist, infused with a pleasing "fields of grain" aroma, which then gives way to silky, luscious Roasted Red Peppers, a tease from the Basil Pesto, and then the Chevrine Natural Goat Cheese, which is creamy and delightful. (^_^) An excellent Sandwich.

But then I look up and notice a mischievous grin from one of my Pasadena Hounds, as our server puts down the Egg Salad Sandwich (on Olive Bread).

It's served open-face, and it is visually stunning! I hadn't even tasted it yet, and I knew this was something special. I gently lift up a piece of the Egg Salad Sandwich and take a bite:

Incredible.

It's unlike any Egg Salad Sandwich I've had before; it's lush, silky, delicate, with accents of Chives and Black Pepper with their Homemade Mayonnaise. This is a celebration of wonderfully cooked, soft, succulent Eggs with a kiss of citrus from the Lemon and the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto. It's a true paradigm shift on what a great Egg Salad Sandwich could be. I'm simply stunned into simple happiness as I munch on the rest of my half of the Sandwich, regretting that I didn't have a full order to myself. (^_~)

Making sure this wasn't a fluke, over the past 4 visits, it's still been as consistently silky and delicious as before. I can see why Jonathan Gold added this to his 99 Bites article. It's my favorite item at Euro Pane, easily. :)

On another visit, my guest wants to try their Rosemary Currant Roll.

It turns out to be a little bit of salty, a bit of sweet (from the Currants), with a fragrant Rosemary tinge, but at the end of the day, it still tastes like a familiar, thick-skinned, chewy Dinner Roll.

We continue with their Raspberry Vanilla Tart.

It's piquant, with a neutral Custard. The crust is flaky and excellent like in their Macadamia Nut Tart. We all agree that it's well-balanced, but ultimately I'd rather have their Macadamia Nut Tart. :)

Things bounce back nicely with their Almond Brioche.

The Brioche itself is relatively light - not as weightless and airy as some versions locally - but the generous layering of fresh Toasted Almonds, Mascarpone and moist Almond Paste really elevates this pastry and redeems Euro Pane from their failed Almond Bearclaw.

Their Chicken Salad Sandwich (on Rosemary Currant Bread) arrives soon after.

I'm hoping for a repeat of the success of their Egg Salad Sandwich, but this one doesn't quite get there. The Rosemary Currant Bread is very good: Unlike the Rosemary Currant Roll we just had, their Rosemary Currant Bread is soft, fresh and really serves to highlight the piny Rosemary and lightly sweet Currant flavors. The Chicken, lightly touched by Dill and Yogurt on a bed of Mixed Greens, is a great idea and executed very well, except that the Chicken itself tastes old (like it's been sitting in the fridge 1+ days). :( It's not inedible by any means, but that really bright, clean taste of fresh-made Chicken Salad is nowhere to be found.

Their Tomato and Feta Sandwich (on Olive Bread) is also disappointing.

I enjoy a good Feta Cheese as much as the next person, but the Feta used at Euro Pane is intensely salty. One hopes that the Fresh Tomato, Mixed Greens and Basil Pesto might help to balance out the Feta, but in reality it doesn't; the Feta is *that* salty. It probably didn't help that we ordered it with Olive Bread (which was excellent again). Next time, I'll try it with a sweeter selection, like their Cranberry Walnut or Rosemary Currant.

Finally, we try their Salmon Sandwich (on Ciabatta Bread).

First off, the Ciabatta Bread is pretty impressive: Euro Pane's version has an alluring, satisfying crunch, which gives way to a soft, tongue-pleasing under layer. It's probably the most memorable Ciabatta I've had in the past year. It definitely saved the rest of the Sandwich: The Smoked Salmon is fine, a thick, tender cut of fish, but it lacks the delicate, nuanced facets of an outstanding Smoked Salmon. It's also a bit too salty for my tastes, and the Dill Creme, Mixed Baby Greens and Red Onions aren't enough to even out the sodium.

On another visit, a Blueberry Tart finds its way to our table to start things off.

Their Tarts are definitely some of the better items on the menu, and the Blueberry Tart continues this trend: The Blueberries taste fresh and not too sweet; the Tart crust is crumbly with a slight crunch and quite tasty.

Probably the one major disappointment I've run into at Euro Pane is their Zucchini Focaccia.

Unlike their other breads and pastries, the Zucchini Focaccia is super dry and musty. The Asiago Cheese and many Zucchini strands are burnt, which hurt the overall flavor as well. In addition, none of us picked up on any real Zucchini flavor; it was mainly burnt, dry, musty Bread.

Next to arrive is their Turkey Sandwich (on Cranberry Walnut Bread).

I usually don't expect much with Turkey Sandwiches (they usually turn out rather dry and very lean), and sadly, Euro Pane's version is no different. The Turkey itself tastes about ~1 - 2 days old, with a bit of the refrigerator funk, but it's not as dry as many Turkey Sandwiches I've had over the years. But it's the Cranberry Walnut Bread that's the real winner here: There are nice little bursts of sweet from the Cranberries, along with some little chunks of Walnut here and there. The Bread itself is as soft and gentle and mouth-pleasing as the other types I've tried here.

They make a respectable Tuna Sandwich (on Multigrain Bread).

It starts with a clean-tasting Tuna, not too much Mayonnaise, and nicely balanced with just the right amount of Capers and Sweet Pickles, with some Tomatoes and Mixed Greens. And once again, the fresh-baked Multigrain Bread is a standout.

Having recently tried some Macarons at Patisserie Chantilly, I was curious how Sumi Chang's version would turn out, so we order a Pistachio Macaron.

Euro Pane's version has a very light outer shell that crumbles easily, giving way to a delicious Cream filling. It's a touch too sweet, but it's lighter and more delicate than Patisserie Chantilly's version.

On my most recent visit, I suddenly remembered the cute article on Monkey Bread from Tasting Table LA, so I quickly order one. :)

The Monkey Bread is indeed crumbly, airy and fresh-baked. It's a touch dry in some spots, but only a little. Otherwise, it's spot-on delicious, lightly sweet and pillowy. :)

As my guests and I are ordering, we notice a huge pan of Ricotta Mushroom Frittata arriving fresh from the kitchen. How could we resist? :)

Their Frittata incorporates Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Mixed Field Greens and hearty chunks of Ricotta Cheese along with the Egg. It's still hot from the oven (which is a plus), and the vegetables are fine, but the Frittata is touch more dense than I'd like. Overall, it's good, but nothing outstanding.

Service at Euro Pane Bakery is pretty straightforward: Select what you want from the display case and place any other Sandwich or Drink orders at the counter. You take a number and seat yourself and the food is brought out to you. The utensils and napkins, etc. are all self-serve, along with free Filtered Water. Prices range from $2.25 - $5.50 for Pastries, and $7.50 - $8.75 for Sandwiches. We averaged about ~$15 per person (including tax and tip).

Euro Pane Bakery is rather interesting in that their baked goods range from mediocre (Zucchini Focaccia, Almond Bearclaw) to simply excellent (all of their fresh Breads (for their Sandwiches), Macadamia Nut Tart). One might argue that if they can't make an outstanding, basic Croissant, then how good can anything else be? But that's exactly where Euro Pane shines the most, with the surprising Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Sandwich, but an even more stunning Egg Salad Sandwich that features the best Egg Salad I've had anywhere around town. I'll be glad to return just for those two Sandwiches and maybe a Macadamia Nut Tart. :)

*** Rating: 7.0 (out of 10.0) ***
*** (Rating for Egg Salad Sandwich Only: 8.9 (out of 10.0)) ***

Euro Pane Bakery
950 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Tel: (626) 577-1828

Hours: Mon - Sat, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Euro Pane Bakery
950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

 
 
 
 
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    exilekiss Mar 31, 2010 05:04 PM

    Attaching more Pics. For all remaining Pictures, please see Link in Original Post above. Thanks!

     
     
     
     
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      bulavinaka Mar 31, 2010 06:28 PM

      Excellent report as always, exilekiss. That open-face egg salad sandwich looks like an egg lover's dream. Fellow Chowhound liu posted today about Euro Pane's excellent lemon bar in response to a post I made about Bite's (newish place in Santa Monica) memorable version. Don't know if you're partial to these but if you are, maybe give it a try and let us know - for the sake of research of course. :) Again, great read.

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        Dommy Mar 31, 2010 10:47 PM

        I am a lemon bar FIEND and can vouch for the Lemon Bar in Europane. It's has the perfect balance of custard and Lemon flavor without being overly eggy (Which I find even the Huckleberry one to be) . The ONLY lemon bar I like better is the lemon bar from Tartine in SF. My favorite lemon bar on the planet...

        --Dommy!

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          exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 09:57 AM

          Hi Dommy,

          Awesome. :) Thanks for the strong recommendation. I'll be trying these for sure the next time I'm in the area. :)

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            sel Apr 1, 2010 11:28 AM

            Hey D! and P too, my fave lemon bar is also Tartine Bakery (along with a lot of other spectacular baked goods!) but my fave version in S. Cal. is Cafe Zinc in Laguna Beach, more custardy than any that I've had anywhere along with a strong lemon flavor and good bottom crust. My beloved EuroPane makes the second best in our region, it is excellent (along with a lot of other spectacular baked goods!). The recurring theme reminds me that great bakeries are not 'one-trick ponies'!

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              Dommy Apr 1, 2010 12:08 PM

              Dang... I thought my search was long over... have to try that one in Laguna! :)

              --Dommy!

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                sel Apr 1, 2010 12:12 PM

                That's going to be one heck of a bike ride down PCH to burn off the lemon bar calories, sorry it's so far!

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                  sel Apr 5, 2010 10:41 AM

                  I'm going to get slautered by my trainer this week but I must add the Lemon Bar offered at Bite Bar & Bakery which was both visually stunning (winner in the most beautiful lemon bar category) and generally excellent quality as in it tasted so good!

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                  3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                  exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 02:23 PM

                  Hi sel,

                  Darn, I wish I saw your rec before my last trip to visit my South OC Hounds. :( Hehe, oh well, one more excuse to visit them down there and try out those Lemon Bars. Thanks. :)

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                    bulavinaka Apr 1, 2010 02:28 PM

                    I think we have the makings for exilekiss's next project: "Doing some serious crawlin' for dem little tarts: Lemon Bar challange - DOCHI!"

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                  WildSwede Apr 7, 2010 09:42 AM

                  I actually did a Lemon bar taste test Europane vs Lovebirds (across the street from Europane) and determined that Lovebird's is much better. I currently have a lemon bar from Coffee Bean that my friend picked up for me this morning sitting here waiting for my verdict.
                  Altho the eggsalad, tuna, baguette, canales, croissants, tarts, macarons and everything else at Europane is excellent (as most of us have already known for years).

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                    bulavinaka Apr 17, 2010 02:58 PM

                    Hi WildSwede,

                    I drove by Lovebirds on the way to Euro Pane. I was wondering about them as I noticed they're a cafe AND bakery. So their lemon bar is pretty darned good... I see you've assessed your overall comparative judgement between the two places, but curiosity made me pull over and consider going into Lovebirds. How does my favorite Scandinavian Hound rate Lovebirds on its own?

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                  exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 09:56 AM

                  Hi bulavinaka,

                  Thanks. :) I normally don't even have brunch with my Pasadena Hounds, but because of that one visit last year, I've been going back just to try the rest of the menu at Euro Pane. :) I can't believe I missed their Lemon Bars. Thanks for the rec, and one more reason to go back when I visit my friends in the area again. :)

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                    bulavinaka Apr 17, 2010 02:50 PM

                    I just tried Euro Pane's Lemon Bar. I have to say that it is an excellent version. The shortbread crust is sturdy, tasty and melds nicely with the lemon portion on the palate. The lemon portion IS very eggy - I actually could taste the yolk. It IS very lemony - really bright lemon flavor - like a Lemon Head candy drop. But I think it's too lemony for me. This apparent wallflower of a lemon bar screams the taste of lemon in my mouth! And that's fine. It's a well-executed pastry. I think it all comes down to personal preference. And personally, I prefer Bite's lemon bar for now. I can be a wishy-washy bastard, though, so who knows - maybe I'll change sides on a whim! :)

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                      liu Apr 18, 2010 03:15 PM

                      Too lemony? How is that possible? It's a lemon bar!!!!
                      It is what I like best about it...but in all fairness, I haven't tried the one at Bite yet.

                      My only reservation with the lemon bar at Euro Pane is the crust. It is a little too heavy for my taste. I would be so happy with just a bowl of their lemon curd without the pastry and a cup of tea.

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                        bulavinaka Apr 18, 2010 05:18 PM

                        Hi Liu,

                        Okay, it is a lemon bar - I grant you that. But what makes a lemon bar enjoyable to me is how the egg yolks, lemon zest and sugar let the lemon juice still sing, but not scream. Elvis sang, James Brown screamed. Both were amazing, both gyrated, I preferred Elvis. Elvis was known for catching panties, I don't think James Brown was - -Elvis wins. :)

                        I can see where you stand on the crusts. Euro Pane's is very solid - slightly doughy in fact. That's okay - I think it's deliberate in order to hold up to someone biting into the bar without it collapsing in their lap. It tastes good as well, but maybe the lusciousness of the mouth gliding through the lemon filling shouldn't be so abruptly interrupted by that sturdy crust, right? I think the play that Bite offers is that their crust is more fragile and buttery, and the curd is soft and while you can't taste the butter in it, it plays the lemon juice even more, so now it not only doesn't scream nor gyrate, it's Bobby Darin-cool. It just feels right in the mouth as well as the taste buds for me.

                        As for a bowl of wonderful lemon curd and a cup of tea? How about a couple of shortbreads or a really nice cream scone with that? :)

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                          liu Apr 19, 2010 12:58 PM

                          You are so entertaining, bula-!
                          How do you quiet that Elvis/James Brown/Bobby Darin gyrating mind of yours?
                          With all that musical "noise" going on in your brain, how are you even able to taste those lemon bars?

                          I am going to put blinders on (so that I'm not tempted to order a brownie or one of their chocolate croissants) and try Bite's lemon bar.

                          By the way, this weekend I tried one of the Trader Joe's lemon bars (frozen...thaw for 40 minutes...12 tiny pieces in a pack) and they were quite fine.

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                            bulavinaka Apr 19, 2010 03:57 PM

                            I've been meaning to try TJ's frozen lemon bars, and if you give them a "love ta love ya bebe," "I feel good!" I guess what I'm trying to say is you gave them the nod, that's a go for me. :)

              2. mollyomormon Mar 31, 2010 05:48 PM

                Did you get to try the canales??
                http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2009/a...

                they're definitely the best version i've ever had (not that I've had that many different versions).

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                  exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 09:59 AM

                  Hi mollyomormon,

                  !

                  I had no idea... (;_;) sniff. :) Thanks for the recommendation. Every time I've gone, I haven't seen Canneles in the display case. Sigh. They must've been sold out by the time I get there. I'll have to try them next time. Thanks.

                2. Tom P Mar 31, 2010 07:45 PM

                  Goodness, what a review. And you describe the Egg Salad Sandwich so perfectly. I am an egg fanatic in general, love and eat them every day in any which way, and I have never had a dish where the eggs are so lovingly cooked and, as you so beautifully said, so lusciously soft. I like a lot of their other dishes but it is Egg Salad Sand all the way. Thanks for the beautiful write up.

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                    exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 10:01 AM

                    Hi Tom P,

                    Thank you. :) Like you, I was blown away by their Egg Salad Sandwich. I'm more than happy to return just to have that. :)

                  2. liu Mar 31, 2010 07:59 PM

                    I'm another fan of Euro Pane's egg salad. I don't love the tomato pesto on the bread; it interrupts my concentration on their heavenly egg salad -- which is like none other I have ever tasted.

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                      exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 10:03 AM

                      Hi liu,

                      Nice. :) What's your favorite Bread to order with their Egg Salad Sandwich? I'm still trying out all the different possible combinations, but I've enjoyed it with their Multigrain and Olive Bread so far. I wonder if the crunchy, fresh Ciabatta might bring the Egg Salad to a whole new level, or if it would distract too much - the major crunch of their Ciabatta with the succulent, lushness of their Egg Salad?

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                        taiwanesesmalleats Apr 1, 2010 11:04 AM

                        I have yet to try this place, but since I love contrasts in texture, the way you just described the crusty, crunchy ciabatta with the lush egg salad sounds like heaven to me!

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                          exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 02:26 PM

                          Hi taiwanesesmalleats,

                          Please let us know if you try the Ciabatta + Egg Salad pairing. I'll definitely be trying this combination on my next visit. :)

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                          liu Apr 1, 2010 11:10 AM

                          No bread...just a bowl of their hot egg salad...and a lemon bar!

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                            ipsedixit Apr 1, 2010 02:40 PM

                            Cranberry walnut.

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                              liu Apr 1, 2010 03:14 PM

                              Aaaaah...that would be good!

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                                ipsedixit Apr 1, 2010 03:23 PM

                                That sandwich is just too rich. Two bites of it and it feels like I'm about to go into cardiac arrest ... that's why I always bring my portable defibrillator with me when I go to Euro Pane.

                                BTW, the bear claws are damn fabulous as well.

                        3. monku Mar 31, 2010 08:46 PM

                          They have the best cinnamon roll around, but if you don't get there early they're gone.

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                            exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 10:05 AM

                            Hi monku,

                            Thanks for the recommendation. You're right: Every time I've gone there, I've never seen the Cinnamon Roll being offered. :( (I always see 2 - 3 empty looking areas in the display case.) I'll be on the lookout for them next time. :)

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                              monku Apr 2, 2010 05:47 AM

                              They are the best cinnamon rolls in LA.

                          2. DrBruin Mar 31, 2010 09:15 PM

                            A lovely review as always. This one particular food item showed up on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate just the other week (http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-best-t...). It does look yummy.

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                              exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 02:34 PM

                              Hi DrBruin,

                              Thanks. :) I had no idea it showed up on The Best Thing I Ever Ate; it's cool that Adam Gertler recommended it. Please let us know if you end up going to Euro Pane and what you think of it.

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                              crystaw Mar 31, 2010 09:59 PM

                              I do think their egg salad sandwiches have ruined all other egg salads for me! Their hazelnut macaroons are my favorite! Check them out next time!

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                                exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 02:40 PM

                                Hi crystaw,

                                The Egg Salad has ruined you as well? :) I'll be sure to try their Hazelnut Macaron, thanks for the recommendation. What other savory items do you like there besides the Egg Salad?

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                                  crystaw Apr 2, 2010 12:20 AM

                                  Yes, ruined! I had an egg salad sandwich at Le Pain Quotidien and kept thinking about how tasteless it was especially compared to Europane's! The only other savory item I've had was the meatloaf sandwich which was pretty tasty. I think I've had the chicken salad sandwich too? Since I'm uncertain about the latter it probably means that there are better things on their menu to try!

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                                    exilekiss Apr 2, 2010 11:57 AM

                                    Hi crystaw,

                                    How was the Meatloaf Sandwich in terms of flavors? And was it a more dense, thick Meatloaf, or some alternate interpretation like what they've done with the Egg Salad? That was the one Sandwich we didn't get to try (I wasn't sure if it was worth ordering).

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                                      crystaw Apr 2, 2010 01:42 PM

                                      It's a pretty standard, but well done meatloaf.

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                                cls Apr 1, 2010 06:39 AM

                                Well done. I get to this area frequently, good to have a new place to try.

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                                  exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 02:43 PM

                                  Hi cls,

                                  Thank you. I'd love to hear your thoughts of the place.

                                2. Kitchen Queen Apr 1, 2010 11:19 AM

                                  The blueberry coffee cake!!! A staple there. It will have you singing to the very last bite.

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                                    exilekiss Apr 1, 2010 02:48 PM

                                    Hi Kitchen Queen,

                                    How did I miss the Blueberry Coffee Cake as well?? Sigh. Is this in the display case normally? Or is it hidden behind the counter? Thanks.

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                                    andytseng Apr 1, 2010 02:30 PM

                                    Love the egg salad sandwich. So much so that none of the other sandwiches are ever worth getting. I think the egg salad is just so extraordinary that everything else pales in comparison.

                                    1. LA Buckeye Fan Apr 5, 2010 10:53 AM

                                      Thank you exilekiss for this review. I tried the egg salad sandwich this weekend, based on your review. That is a damn tasty sandwich. Thank you. I also tried Dommy's suggestion of the lemon bars and picked some up for Easter. Also very good. Thanks again.

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                                        exilekiss Apr 5, 2010 11:34 AM

                                        Hi LA Buckeye Fan,

                                        Thanks for the report back; it's good to hear everyone's thoughts on a particular place. :) Darn it, you had the Lemon Bars also?? :) I've never seen them in the display case (we probably show up too late in the day, sigh). Roughly what time did you eat there? I'm guessing I need to show up within the first 2-3 hours when they open or else it'll be sold out.

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                                          kevin Apr 5, 2010 11:39 AM

                                          so is the meatlaof sandwiche better or the egg salad?

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                                            Dommy Apr 5, 2010 11:54 AM

                                            If you get one sandwich, I would pick the Egg... I like the Meatloaf, bit it doesn't have that same sparkle and specialness that the Egg does...

                                            --Dommy!

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                                              kevin Apr 5, 2010 11:58 AM

                                              Is the egg salad loaded with mayo and then placed on bread that is also slathered with mayo?

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                                                sel Apr 5, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                While I can't directly answer your question cause the egg salad is the only sandwich offering at EuroPane that I haven't tried, Ms. Chang's sandwich creations sometimes have a little mayonaise but are never mayo heavy!

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                                                  Dommy Apr 5, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                  The bread is pretty dry... The Salad has ENOUGH mayo to bind... it's not excessive IMHO

                                                  http://twitpic.com/l188y

                                                  In this picture, the eggs are extra soft...

                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                    ipsedixit Apr 5, 2010 02:14 PM

                                                    No additional mayo on the bread.

                                                    The egg salad itself, however, is very rich. Rich enough to make Warren Buffet poor by comparison ...

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                                                      mc michael Apr 5, 2010 02:17 PM

                                                      Actually he probably owns controlling interest in some mayo company.

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                                                        ipsedixit Apr 5, 2010 02:49 PM

                                                        Believe it or not Berkshire Hathaway actually doesn't own any companies that sell mayo ...

                                                        Food and beverage holdings of BH include: Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Dairy Queen, See's Candies and The Pampered Chef.

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                                                        See's Candies
                                                        1301 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

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                                                          mc michael Apr 5, 2010 03:03 PM

                                                          I thought maybe he had some Beatrice Foods or Kraft or something.

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                                                            Servorg Apr 18, 2010 05:56 AM

                                                            I think Warren has a controlling interest in the Mayo Clinic... ;-D>

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                                                              mc michael Apr 18, 2010 06:54 AM

                                                              At his age, he needs it.

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                                                        kevin Apr 5, 2010 02:52 PM

                                                        yeah, that may be a little too rich for me.

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                                                        bulavinaka Apr 18, 2010 06:36 AM

                                                        I just had this open-faced sandwich for the first time yesterday. The egg salad itself is very heavy with mayo. In fact, that is all you will taste for the most part from the egg salad alone - eggs and mayo. The beauty of this sandwich is in its architecture (been saying that a lot lately). The egg salad acts as the basis to which everything below it as well as above it adds to the synergy of the whole sandwich itself. Each additional component is deliberate - there's no afterthought in my opinion. The bread itself is toasted (you choose from 3-6 breads depending on what's available). A layer of tomato pesto or aioli is spread on (some don't care for it - I did) - this I thought was a clever way of adding some tang to the unctuous egg salad without disturbing the color of the egg salad itself - it seems so pristine to look at with just the beautifully prepared eggs and the mayonnaise. A layer of baby greens is added to take another punch at the richness as well as keeping the egg salad from merging with the tomato spread and bread. Then the egg salad is ladled on with apparent abandon. They couldn't have put more egg salad on my bread without it falling all over the plate. Even if there were mayo slathered on before the egg salad, I doubt you'd notice - there's literally that much mayo in the egg salad. Fresh diced chives are sprinkled on for garnish. It's a wonderful effect - like green emeralds accenting voluptuous alabaster statue reclined on a bed. The chives also serve to add yet another dimension to the egg salad. The fresh pungent flavor gives the otherwise staid egg salad a nice lift, but in a different direction from the tomato spread. In the end, it's almost like a deconstructed egg salad where the components have been stacked atop each other.

                                                        I don't know if others have tried this, but I pleasured in eating this in a very slow deliberate manner. Taking the better part of an hour to finish this, I was able to take in the richness and complexity in small bites. I think to consume this in a short period would be missing the point. I did also notice a few couples splitting this dish with a couple of pastries on the side. One couple each picked up a half and pretty much downed it in a handful of bites. They were young, full of hunger and reckless abandon... :)

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                                                    LA Buckeye Fan Apr 5, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                    I was there just before noon. But I called ahead (after reading your post) and ordered the lemon bars the day before. The egg salad was rich, but not overly mayo-y. The pesto on the olive bread helps keep the whole sandwhich moist. A very lovely lunch.

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                                                      exilekiss Apr 5, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                      Hi LA Buckeye Fan,

                                                      That's the ticket. Thanks for the idea: I'll just call ahead next time and have them save me some Lemon Bars before they sell out. :) Thanks.

                                                2. Funwithfood Apr 5, 2010 08:41 PM

                                                  My favorite egg salad sandwich is from a great hole-in-the-wall in Fullerton.

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                                                    sel Apr 5, 2010 09:14 PM

                                                    "...a great hole-in-the-wall in Fullerton."
                                                    And it's called?

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                                                      Funwithfood Apr 5, 2010 09:30 PM

                                                      T.C. Yummies (Harbor/Bastanchury). They've got the best, and most photogenic sandwiches I've come across. I also love their chicken Waldorf sandwich with grapes and walnuts...and they have a tasty tuna salad sandwich . (If you say Liza sent you--they'll assume you want *no* mayo and extra lettuce!)

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                                                        sel Apr 5, 2010 10:04 PM

                                                        That was quick, thanks so much!

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                                                    happybaker Apr 5, 2010 08:53 PM

                                                    I went there for their egg salad sandwich - liked it very much.... But LOVED the lemon semolina cake they happened to have there that day. Stunning, just stunning.

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                                                      maudies5 Apr 5, 2010 10:40 PM

                                                      I can't get my head around soft-cooked eggs in egg salad. I like my hard boiled eggs cooked until the yolks are yellow and dry.. Everything else sounds great. Now, if they would just cook those eggs a little longer..........

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                                                        bulavinaka Apr 5, 2010 11:17 PM

                                                        I think one has to wrap his or her head around the egg salad creator's vision of unctuous, or maybe even voluptuous. That egg salad is to food as the car wash scene in Cool Hand Luke is to the libidos of all guys who have seen this precious piece of celluloid. :)

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                                                          liu Apr 6, 2010 07:39 AM

                                                          oh, MY!

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                                                            bulavinaka Apr 17, 2010 02:37 PM

                                                            So I had an open morning of sorts and decided to head out to Pasadena. Euro Pane's in Pasadena? Wow - what a co-inky-dinky (coincidence in Curly-speak - knyuck-knyuck-knyuck)!

                                                            So I finally built up the nerve to order the egg salad sandwich with walnut/cranberry bread - being a Chowpup I almost felt like a teenager buying his first Playboy - and this egg salad turned out to be just as I described above. It's voluptuous, unctuous and laid out on a bed for all to see. What's funny is that while I was waiting for my sandwich, I noticed this week's LA Weekly by Euro Pane's entrance. I grabbed a copy and the cover article ("Been There. Done What?!") was a racy true life confessional about a woman who joined the harem of the Sultan of Brunei - in essence a well-cared for sex slave. Reading this article while lavishing my mouth with this busty egg salad was synergistic overload. Time for a cigarette - oh, I don't smoke... And the egg salad was amazing.

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                                                              kevin Apr 17, 2010 03:47 PM

                                                              good stuff, did you ever try the egg salad therebfore? now i kinda wanna hit up europane, but on the west la area now, and that 110 is sure scary right about now.

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                                                                bulavinaka Apr 17, 2010 05:24 PM

                                                                This was my second visit to Euro Pane after over a decade separating my first visit (preChow) and this was my first time trying the egg salad. It's worth the drive if you love egg salad, and their pastries/breads are icing on the cake. If you go, the weekend morning traffic ain't half-bad from the Westside.

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                                                                exilekiss Apr 17, 2010 09:29 PM

                                                                Hi bulavinaka,

                                                                Thanks for the report back! I'm so glad you enjoyed their absurdly delicious Egg Salad Sandwich. :) I can't get enough of it. (Then again, as ipse said, it is definitely rich and probably not healthy to eat more than 1 per month or 2 ;).

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                                                                  mc michael Apr 18, 2010 06:56 AM

                                                                  Spoken like someone who just ate all the burgers in LA in 4 days!

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                                                                    bulavinaka Apr 18, 2010 06:59 AM

                                                                    Hi exilekiss,

                                                                    I posted in greater detail further upthread on my thoughts about this "once in a great while" treat. This is definitely a guilty pleasure, and pleasure in it I did... Thanks again for the wonderful write-up - it encouraged me to deviate from my semi-usual course out to Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead et al. And I have no regrets - this sandwich was that good and unique.

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                                                                    LA Buckeye Fan Apr 19, 2010 03:33 PM

                                                                    Classic! Reason # 453 why I love this site.

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                                                                      bulavinaka Apr 19, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                                      "There is no love more sincere than the love for food."

                                                                      - George Bernard Shaw; composer, playwright and honorary forefather of Chowhound :)

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                                                                mc michael Apr 6, 2010 09:01 AM

                                                                Try it. You'll like it. Way better than the over cooked stuff.

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                                                              dharmathug Apr 17, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                              Thanks for this post - not living near Europane I have tried to go and been thwarted by their scheduled hours several times. I must try this.
                                                              My secret confession is that I have a passion for the Japanese style egg sandwiches (and tuna, ham etc) that are prepared in thin layers surrounded by ultra soft white bread with no discernible crust. Nijiya is one of my local go to places.

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                                                                coconutz Apr 18, 2010 01:39 AM

                                                                One day I will try this egg sandwich and maybe a sweet, but the one time we went it, it was so dirty and littered, and the service so slow, we really didn't want to be in there so left.

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                                                                  mc michael Apr 18, 2010 06:56 AM

                                                                  So, sit outside.

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                                                                  attran99 May 6, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                  Another great review, exilekiss! Thanks so much for encouraging more people to try this place. My friend and I just got back from a Europane trip...and it was so worth it! I had the egg salad sandwich on rosemary bread...and it was perfect. I loved the texture of the soft-boiled eggs and the creaminess of the light mayo dressing. The sweet tang of the sun-dried tomato pasted worked nicely to cut through the richness of the egg salad. My friend enjoyed her smoked salmon sandwich, but felt like she needed cream cheese in addition to the dill cream already in the sandwich. We also quite enjoyed the macarons....I bought a selection of three and only had room to try the Maldon salted caramel macaron. It was great...not perfect because it was missing the crispy crunchy snap that I'm used to when biting into a macaron...it was only slightly crispy...I imagine due to the fact that it's been refrigerated. The taste was wonderful...I love how the salt plays with the caramelly goodness. The macaron was moist and chewy...when there's room in my stomach, I'll have to try the pistachio and raspberry ones I've got waiting for me.

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                                                                    bulavinaka May 6, 2010 02:21 PM

                                                                    Just wondering if Euro Pane opened up their new place yet - I think the new place has more elbow room.

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                                                                      sel May 6, 2010 06:40 PM

                                                                      I'm wondering the same thing because they were baking in there a couple of weeks ago but still not open to serve the public.

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                                                                      950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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                                                                        bulavinaka May 6, 2010 09:36 PM

                                                                        Hi sel,

                                                                        I know it's soon - just can't remember when. I didn't stop to look at the space, but I could tell just from driving by that they're nearing completion. Maybe they're testing all the equipment out and getting everything dialed in. Do you think we should volunteer as taste testers? :)

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                                                                          sel May 6, 2010 10:06 PM

                                                                          Sign me up!

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                                                                      exilekiss May 10, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                      Hi attran99,

                                                                      Thanks. :) And thank you for the detailed report back. If you find yourself back for another visit and can pull yourself away from the Egg Salad Sandwich, give their Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwich a try. Simply lovely and light. :)

                                                                    3. aching Aug 20, 2010 11:12 AM

                                                                      I happened to be a loose ends in Pasadena at lunchtime yesterday and remembered this thread - so I headed over to Euro Pane (the new location) to try this much-lauded sandwich. First of all, I had only been once before and it was at the old location. The new place is head and shoulders above - everything is much more attractive, especially the counter and the bread showcase area. There is much more seating room, including a pretty community table and a nice patio. And (this could be just by chance, but) the service was SO much better than on my previous visit - much more organized and professional. Now about that sandwich - I love egg salad although I rarely eat it, and this egg salad was the best I've ever had - "fragile, creamy, and delectable" is a perfect description. Because the eggs are soft-boiled, there was none of that chalkiness that hard-boiled yolks sometimes have - but the eggs were cooked enough so that it didn't have a raw-egg flavor. That said, I wasn't crazy about the sandwich itself. I found the lettuce/frissee to be messy and intrusive, and the bread, while delicious, was so crusty that I felt like all my energy was going into sawing it up into bite-sized pieces. And in the end I was vaguely unsatisfied. In a way, it's nice to have room leftover for a cookie, but I expect an $8 sandwich to fill me up! I think I would prefer (as one of the other posters said) a bowl of the egg salad alone, with a piece of toast to kind of scoop it up with - or I would prefer a traditional two-slice sandwich with bread thin and soft enough to be bitten through. I hate to complain - I really wanted to love this sandwich - but this is my honest opinion. I would order it again though - or maybe next time I'll try the red pepper and goat cheese!

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                                                                        exilekiss Aug 20, 2010 11:54 AM

                                                                        Hi aching,

                                                                        Thanks for the report back. I'm glad the Egg Salad itself was enjoyable for you. :) That's really strange about the bread. The bread for my Egg Salad Sandwiches at the original location have always had a slightly crusty exterior with this amazing soft, delicate bread making up the rest of the slice. I haven't tried the new location that you went to yet; from what I remember on my last visit at the original location, the server mentioned that the new location would have their own baker and staff creating their own bread at the 2nd locale. Perhaps the staff at the new location are still perfecting their bread? (Not trying to defend them, just noting.)

                                                                        While it sounds like the new location is more attractive, maybe consider trying their Egg Salad at the original location or their Red Pepper and Goat Cheese. :) Thanks again for your thoughts.

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                                                                          liu Aug 20, 2010 03:19 PM

                                                                          Hi, aching! I am the poster who prefers Europane's egg salad in a bowl or with another type of bread.
                                                                          I completely agree with everything you have said...nice review of the new place! I, too, like their community table and the bright space.

                                                                          Ipsedixit suggested above to try the egg salad with their cranberry-walnut bread. I have done that and I do much prefer it over that crusty, tomato-smeared bread. While I am not sure if they have the cranberry-walnut bread all the time, I would imagine that they do have something soft and fruity or slightly sweet-ish; this makes a nice sandwich with the egg salad!

                                                                          Then, after your last bite, go back to the case and try a lemon bar...or something else that appeals to you! I do hope you will give them another try!

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