I was not the only disappointed student to discover the news that the Au Bon Pain on campus would close at the end of last school year. Fortunately, there is another one at 30th Street Station, only a short walk away. When the weather is nice, a brisk jog is quite lovely.
The Egg Whites & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich was slightly disappointing. The bagel was fine, chewy and dense. However, I would have liked a thicker egg omelette, even though it was light and fluffy. The cheddar was slightly too bland. I like a good sharp cheddar and flavourful cheeses in general.
The Chocolate & Creme Torsade was fine. The pastry was multilayered and very flaky. The sticky glaze on top added to the sweetness. The chocolate was decent, though I could have used more chocolate. I was never a fan of layered pastry dough but this was decent enough.
In celebration of the holidays, I tried the Holiday Linzer Cookie. The shortbread cookie was buttery, crumbly, and very good. The raspberry filling was sweet and tart. It was a nice small bite, and visually appealing.
The English Toffee Cookie was exceptionally good. The edges were a little crunchy while the middle was soft and chewy. I love toffee and it is rare to find a toffee cookie. The sweet and sticky toffee went well with the sweet cookie dough. I love this idea.
Finally, I ordered a Caprese Sandwich. The ingredients were fresh and generous. I loved the pesto and mozzarella. It was very flavourful and the cheese had a great texture and light taste. The tomato and arugula added a nice touch. However, I was not very pleased with the ciabatta bun. It was fresh but cold and a little tough.
Au Bon Pain is slightly overpriced, especially considering it is somewhat of a fast food/cafe type of restaurant. The food is fresh and I cannot wait to try one of their various soups.