Vietnamese Sandwiches

I tried out Cali Sandwich instead of my normal Givral’s just down the street. I heard of Cali Sandwich because of flickrer murphelz’s picture.

Cost: $2.17. They charge tax.

Initial Reaction, cosmetic:
the sammich in all its glory.
The bread has nice browning. The bit of carrot that is sticking out has a nice amount of bulk.. It is grated larger than that of Givrals. Very nice.
The bread has a nice texture. Quite dry to the touch and very crusty. I like.

Upon further inspection…:
There is a PEPPER in my sandwich. I ordered it without. This pepper is so hot that it smells like the sandwich was bathed in pure capsicum. I pulled a piece of carrot and cilantro out of the sandwich while in the car at a stoplight. They were touching the pepper and I started crying. No good!

big piece of cucumber
The cucumber is nice and big. It covers the entire length of the sandwich.
There is no onion. I do not like this– I love the onion.
The cilantro is lacking. When Givrals accidentally puts pepper on my sammich, the cilantro doesn’t entirely absorb the flavor of the pepper. The cilantro can stand on its own, and if touched by pepper still tastes like cilantro.

chunk of tofu
The tofu pieces are nice and big, but are soggier in comparison to that of Givrals. Not good. As neither establishment’s tofu has any flavor (it’s tofu!!) I cannot comment on the flavor. They taste the same, Cali is just soggy.
In this picture, you can see the wiltedness of the cilantro. No good.
Although the bread was incredibly crusty on the outside, it was too soft on the inside.

Last bite, last thoughts:
the last bite...
While this sandwich was good, it wasn’t as good as my beloved Givrals. A clean restaurant, paying taxes, no mung bean ball, no case full of everything from Coke to Pennyworth Drink to Mr. Coffee, no Mr. Givral– it was disconcerting. I much rather prefer Givrals in the Hoa Binh Market.

I give Cali Sandwich 6 cubes of tofu out of 10. If Givrals is closed and I need a Vietnamese sandwich I’ll come here.

Note: The owner of Givrals isn’t named Mr. Givral. I just recently learned that “Givral” is a genre of sandwich.


December 14, 2006. Food, Reviews.


  1. loudestnoise replied:

    I did not know you had a blog! All your pictures of sandwiches is making me hungry.

  2. Kt replied:

    I’ll get to adding another post eventually.. maybe while I’m stuck on-campus tomorrow.
    I’ll write about taco cabana, or how the dream is dead, or something. *shrug*

  3. doribuckner10043 replied:

    i like the two little blocks hang out in front of the door.nhaven’t heard anything from you since emailed you in januari.nare you still ok Click

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