I first heard of the German Bread Company when a close friend suggested we go to a place that serves 'reeeeeeeeeaaaally good sandwiches'. When I visited for the first time, I enjoyed my sandwich so much so that I got another one to go.
That was back in 2016.
I noticed that we were long due for a re-review since our first trip, and so Vishvi and I headed over for a late lunch. YAMU's first review of this spot came with a glowing recommendation and I can tell you now that our opinion hasn't changed much since.
The Bread Company (as it is commonly referred to), is a chef's haven for steaming fresh bread that's baked in-house every day, fresh and cured cuts of various meats from salmon to pork, and probably the tastiest home-made sausages in the city.
They're a family-owned business and the bread-making usually commences in the wee hours of the morning. So if you're looking to purchase their loaves fresh out of the oven, turn up at around 6:30 AM.
They maintain a small cafe and serve the usual basic sandwiches and hotdogs as well as a tightly-curated breakfast menu.
The Chicken Hotdog, priced at Rs. 450, comes with a whopping wiener in a soft, pull-apart brioche bun with add-ons such as relish, ketchup and the works. We asked for a helping of extra cheese for Rs. 100 and set about trying to stomach this gargantuan comestible.
At first bite you're greeted with a pungent olfactory sensation that'll make you go 'wha-?' It's from the wiener and it's a bit overpowering, but indicative of some excellently prepared chicken sausage. It's well-seasoned and so rich, it almost has a gamey taste to it. This pleasurable experience is only fuelled further with the addition of melted cheese. The bun is soft, with a light crusty outside and when pulled apart you'll see little wisps of steam spilling forth.
This is quite an ugly photo of the very delectable BLT Sandwich. For Rs. 450, you get a massive portion of the best fried bacon strips ever, lettuce and tomatoes, sandwiched in-between two slices of linseed (flaxseed) bread. The description for this item says 'linseed bun' but we didn't get any bun. No fuss.
The filling was delicious, with their homemade honey mustard sauce amplifying the bacon tenfold. It's a simple construction of basic ingredients that show off a rich flavour profile. The last time I had their Cinnamon Roll (Rs. 250 each) I got a whole box of four just for myself. Back then they were a light yellow shade, soft to the touch and practically flaked apart on account of how fresh they were.
Their cinnamon rolls are still baked fresh everyday, but the formula seems to have been altered. The cinnamon roll we had was a tad bland, but not the worst in town. While the pastry is fresh and sweet, it still lacks whatever surprise element that made it so addictive before. It's still a better roll than most, in my opinion.
While The Bread Company is a great breakfast option, their drinks are acceptable at most. The coffee is a pre-packaged, German brand. We're sure it tastes great, but was just prepared sloppily. The Cappuccino was a tad watery and heavily subdued in terms of taste by the milk. It also lacked a bit of soul, so maybe get your morning coffee somewhere else.
The Strawberry & Mint Iced Tea (Rs. 150) garnered a lot of expectation from us. It comes packaged in a small bottle. You get to select whatever flavour you want from the fridge. They've got a whole load, from cinnamon and vanilla to lemon mint.
I love iced tea very much. It's my go-to drink for when I want something cool and refreshing. All the iced teas I've ever had, especially the fruit flavoured ones have always been tart and tangy. This one was exceedingly sweet. It tasted more like sweet toffees as opposed to refreshing iced tea. If sweet iced tea aint your thing, then don't indulge.
The counter is manned by a lady who's friendly and fast. She's very straightforward, so you can expect no dilly-dallying on her part.
The ambience is charming, small and cosy. It's a very modest layout with basic furniture and small quirks like the patterned tablecloth, the clock hanging at the entrance and pictures of cars on the walls adding to the overall effect.
Unpretentious and unassuming, it's a great spot to chill at in your pjs or whatever with a sandwich and Netflix to keep you company.
While the beverages might not be their strong suit, The Bread Company's definite successes are their bread loaves, meats and sandwiches. Drop in for brekkie or lunch if you're feeling like something fresh and rich.
The German Bread Company has stood their ground with their range of fresh home-baked bread, fresh and cured meat cuts, and meals. We dropped in for a late lunch and all went well.
The Bread Company does excellent breads, sausages, pickles and more, and they do some of the best sandwiches in the city and a good breakfast if you want to dine in.
We love this place. The Bread Company does good dine-in options (hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, salads, cinnamon buns) and wonderful things to take home (sausages, pickles, jams, bread).
The Bread Company does excellent breads, sausages, pickles and more, and they do the best hot dog in the city and a good breakfast if you want to dine in.
සිංහල තිඹිරිගස්යාය පාරෙ තියෙන ද බ්රෙඩ් කොම්පැනිය, උදේට වැඩට දුවන ගමන් මොනව හරි අරන් යන්න වගේ ම දවල්ට, හවසට කන්න වුණත් මෙතන මරු.