Bray Butcher Block and Bistro [San Pedro Square, San Jose]
- Melanie Wong Nov 13, 2013 12:27 PM
Head's up, pastrami 'hounds! Have you tried Bray Butcher Block & Bistro? It says deli meats are cured in-house.
I've only had the sandwiches so far.
Pastrami came on marbled rye. I asked for fatty, expecting NYC-style thick and juicy, but instead it was just incredibly sinewy. Not pleasant. Will order regular or even lean next time. Came with a generous side of slaw, and I added on the fried polenta, which was deliciously crisp and not oily, but very mild (says jalapenos on the menu).
The corned beef came on dark rye. I ordered to-go and stupidly did not pop the lid, so it was soggy by the time I'd walked home. Certainly tastier than the pastrami, but nothing earth shattering. Side of to-go slaw was teeny.
Judging by what other folks have ordered, the BBQ looks like a surer bet.
re: Melanie Wong
That BBQ sauce on the ribs was fine when I had it, nowhere near as sweet as I thought it might be. The ribs were pretty good overall, if not unforgettable.
I had a similar, if somewhat more positive reaction to the pastrami. It wasn't tough or sinewy to where it was unpleasant to eat it, but it wasn't a positive enough experience that I tried it again the next time around. But I would give it another shot.
I'm not a fan of the slaw, which is too bland and watery for my tastes. It took the texture and flavor out of the cabbage so much that I thought it was lettuce.