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Sesame Stir Fry Sandwich @ Elys Cafe

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published March 15th 2014
Reading the description at the counter, I thought Elys Cafe's sesame seed stir fry sounded right up my street. The toasted sandwich was made with a crisp flatbread that had the most beautiful crunchy texture. This probably because I asked for it extra hot. Elys has a tendency to only cook their sandwiches to a lukewarm temperature, so I always have to ask for them to toast it really well.

At 5.95, the sandwich came with a side of salad that was dressed in a sharp vinaigrette, and was accompanied by several breadsticks. Last time these were soft and had very little flavour, but now they have improved the recipe, making them crisp and seasoned with paprika.

Talking about seasoning, that is where the filling of my sandwich could use some work. The texture of the sesame seeds, beensprouts, and noodles, was lovely, but these are designed to absorb flavours rather than contain any themselves. Unfortunately, the other ingredients were also rather bland - courgette, very mild green and red peppers, and a bit of mushroom. There really needed to be a stand out flavour - perhaps rocket of aubergine. They did have humous, but not enough to give it the oomph needed. Saying that, I still enjoyed the meal, and would not hesitate to have it again.
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