I was driving on Comvoy the day after returning from our trip. For some reason I glanced on over to the strip mall that houses Izakaya Sakura, Tsuruhashi, and Koubou and noticed that Viet Bakery and Pho had loss a couple of letters and was now just V Bakery. I wondered if this was just another iteration of the legacy shop which changed and morphed and in the end just couldn't gain any traction.
I saw "sandwiches" on the grand opening sign....and based on the history immediately thought Banh Mi.
I could not have been more wrong. I returned during the work week for lunch....the name of this shop is V French Bakery & Cafe.
So I decided to stick around and get a panini......a Turkey and Avocado Panini ($7.95).
The bread was pressed and toasted well; crisp and light. The turkey seemed like tpyical processed stuff and the cheese really didn't have enough milkiness or umph, to really make a difference. I would have appreciated a bit more avocado, the slices I did run into added a nice creaminess to the sandwich.
I really enjoyed the acid from the tomatoes and especially the sun dried tomato dressing used for the sandwich. The price seemed a bit on the high side, but the addition of a free drink brought it back into balance.
I returned a few days later and decided to try the Meat Lover's Panini ($8.95), which in retrospect is a dubious choice on my part. Add to the fact that the bacon that was supposed to be on the sandwich was "not ready", this ham-turkey combination, even with the addition of the tomato and onion missed the mark for me. It probably would have been better with bacon.
I totally like the approach of going simple with these type of sandwiches. Last year, during our stay in Malta, the Missus and I ran into a little shop that did just salads and pressed flat bread sandwiches called "Piadina". All the piadina were just three ingredients; but all those items were of decent quality and went well together; like prosciutto - grana padano cheese - arugula...... It looked like this:
And at 4 Euroes ($5.40), was a bargain as well as being both satisfying and delicious.....
Though I'm guessing the folks here are really pushing the bakery angle from the looks of the "sample" wedding cakes and such. Seeing that I don't have much of a sweet tooth, I'll let other folks tell me how the bakery items are.
The folks here are very friendly, just nice folks overall. I hope they find their niche and do well.
V French Bakery & Cafe
3904 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
Mon - Fri 1000am - 2pm
5pm - 9pm
Sat - Sun 7am - 9pm