Matt Bonner's Sandwich Hunter: Jan. 12, 2010 - Washington D.C.
Entry #10 - cafe' tu-o-tu: Washington D.C.
by Matt Bonner
I decided to go with the Chicken Caprese Melt. This sandwich consisted of grilled chicken, tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a basil pesto spread. It was all hot pressed between two pieces of panini bread. I grabbed an orange-mango Nantucket Nectars and a brownie to complete my meal.
When it came time to eat, I was a little nervous because a common mistake I come across is using too much pesto. Generally, pesto has a strong flavor and when used in excess it can dominate the taste of a sandwich to the point of ruining it. Luckily, this was not the case at Cafe' Tu-O-Tu. They used just enough pesto to add flavor without taking over the sandwich. The only disappointment was the brownie. It was dry and could have been a lot better.
Overall, Cafe' Tu-O-Tu was solid. If I ever make it to Turkey some day, I'll be very curious as to whether I'll see similar sandwiches in the local cafes.