Until a few years ago, the thought of fruit and meat together made my stomach turn. Maybe it’s because a friend of mine used to always make me try the strawberry-beef jerky she bought at the Chinese market. While that was unequivocally disgusting, this latest permanent addition to the Feast sandwich menu – one of three new sandwiches added this week – is delicious.
It’s a simple concoction – arugula is the only ingredient not in the name – but it hits all the right notes. The chutney is just the right balance of sweet and spicy, rounding out both the bitterness of the greens and the tartness of the goat cheese. The ham is herbed with enough rosemary to intrigue but not overwhelm the palate, and is sliced thin to prevent the common bad-sandwich danger of pulling out the whole slab of grotesquely thick meat with your teeth when you fail to bite all the way through. The ciabatta is perfectly paninified, crisp on the outside, soft on the underside.
If I had any complaint, it would be that it could use another thin slice or two of ham, especially for a $9 sandwich. But then the rosemary might come on too strong and overcomplicate the flavor. Regardless, a tasty springtime lunch for those who are willing to splurge on the best, freshest, local ingredients.