Grindz of the Day: Caprese Panini and Panini-Pressed Smoked Salmon Bagel

Eat Cafe – Caprese Panini: Roast Tomatoes, Basil & Fresh Mozzarella and drizzled with a Balsamic Vinaigrette, $6.95

Dropped back in for lunch today at Eat Cafe in the Gentry Pacific Design Center in Iwilei, this time trying out their Caprese Panini, a sandwich version of the classic Insalata Caprese, a.k.a. Capri Salad.

Eat Cafe – Caprese Panini

A very simple, yet absolutely delicious combination of fresh tomato, basil and Mozzarella cheese, where in this case is sandwiched between Country Sourdough Bread and Panini-pressed to perfection.

Here’s a look under the hood…

Eat Cafe – Caprese Panini

The tomatoes and basil are first grilled to soften it before going into the sandwich, which also adds a hint of smokeyness to the party. Nice.

The acidic and earthy element from the grilled, softened tomatoes, along with the zip from the basil and mild richness of the Mozarella and toasty, chewy sourdough bread with Balsamic Vinaigrette encasing all of that satisfied all the senses.

While I can’t say this Caprese Panini is as off the charts as the North Shore Farms’ Neapolitan Pizza, the “pie” version of the dish, it was wonderful never-the-less and a choice I’d certainly make again when returning here. Perhaps Ill try it with the Proscuitto next time.

As it stands, I’ll give Eat Cafe’s Caprese Panini an “I’d get this again!” 3-SPAM Musubi.

Next up from the same place, a few weeks ago I tried Eat Cafe’s Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Capers Bagel, done Panini style…

Eat Cafe – Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers and Red Onions on a Panini-pressed Bagel, $9.95

While this the core of this dish is nothing new, like the Caprese Panini showcased before it, the Smoked Salmon bagel has the perfect combination of flavor elements, with the acidity and earthyness from the capers, sweetness and bite from the red onions, savory from the salmon and richness from the cream cheese.

Even better in this case, where they add a wonderful toasty-tasty finishing touch by putting this “fully loaded” bagel through the Panini Press.

Smoked Salmon Bagel with Cream Cheese, Capers and Red Onions

The fresh salad accompanying it, featuring a mixture of locally-grown leafy greens and cherry tomatoes, garnished with a generous helping of shoestring-cut carrots and beets with a basic Olive Oil Vinaigrette rounded out the entire dish splendidly. As for the $9.95 price, I think the freshness of ingredients, execution and presentation, as well as the the fact that I was satisfyingly filled by it was well worth it.

For that, I’ll give Eat Cafe’s Smoked Salmon Bagel done Panini style another “I’d get this again” 3 SPAM Musubi.

Related Links:
Iwilei Eats: Eat Catering and Cafe – The Tasty Island

Eat Cafe – Caprese Panini: Roast Tomatoes, Basil & Fresh Mozzarella and drizzled with a Balsamic Vinaigrette, $6.95

4 thoughts on “Grindz of the Day: Caprese Panini and Panini-Pressed Smoked Salmon Bagel

  1. We’re so glad you enjoyed! So we finally created that Bahn Mi-ni! No joke! We are planning to run it in the next week or so. EAT will give y’all a shout out when we make it for the public. Hope to see you soon! =)

  2. Wow, Bahn Mi-ni sound so good due to dental problem unable to eat regular bahn. That why some businesses never thought of some people out there would like somethings differents due certain reasons. That how to do business.

  3. Joecelyn, you should contact the newspaper and have them do a great write up on your Bahn Mi-Ni. And contact tv news station on it too. KCC is great place to promote Bahn Mi-Ni too.

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