Bakery D'Amour Late Eats
Bakery D'Amour has closed.
N and I needed to make a trip to Costco Friday evening. The list of depleted provisions had been getting longer and longer over the past month. After the exhausting (Friday after work) trek through the giant warehouse full of (what N calls the contrast of shoppers) targets and shooters, we pulled into the South Salem's Quizno's parking lot at 7:30 PM for a quick & late bite to eat before heading home. As I unbuckled my seatbelt, I spotted a lit up sign two doors down at one of the newest local businesses, Bakery D'Amour. I'd heard they served sandwiches, so what the hey. We walked in to see a dessert filled case (nearly filled, it was 30 minutes from closing after all) and then heard someone behind the counter trying to entice us into the last piece of chocolate cake or some apple pie. We decided to start with the sandwiches.
I bypassed the dinner special and the lure of breakfast for dinner and decided on a ham and asparagus panini with potato salad. N's eye was attracted to their Monte Cristo sandwich, also with potato salad. While waiting for our sandwiches, I sipped my cup of decaf--nice mild flavor, but not weak. Our food arrived within 10 minutes. How I love a spear of a classic deli pickle on my sandwich plate! Years ago when I worked at a deli I couldn't get enough of them. The potato salad was obviously house made. There was just the right amount of dressing--not too dry, not too wet. The mix of pickle, potato and mustard was just right for my tastebuds and I appreciated how the potato wasn't cooked to a mushy consistency. The two things I enjoyed most about my sandwich? How the asparagus was cooked to a tender crunch and the use of black forest ham slices. I would've liked just a smidgen more mustard and swiss cheese added to the mix though. Other than that, it was a tasty, satisfying sandwich. N's Monte Cristo was made with turkey and he thought it was the grilled variety instead of deep-fried. He enjoyed the sandwich, but found it on the bland side. He's a big potato salad fan and he loved their recipe.
It's difficult to ignore all of the desserts while sitting at one of their tables. We opted to buy that last slice of chocolate cake and a wedge of apple pie to take home and share later. They were both beautiful desserts and smelled temptingly delicious, but I'm not totally convinced they were calorie worthy. The apple pie, loaded with cinnamon flavor, didn't have the tender apples and oozing syrup that I like. The chocolate cake frosting and filling had a fudgy quality, but was slightly sweeter than what I desire from a cake. I want to taste the complexity of all of the ingredients without having them overshadowed by the addition of too much sugar. I'm sure I'm in the minority, as the rest of the family has never complained about the sugary sweet desserts at Konditorei that are too much for me.
Over all? We enjoyed our meal and our service. Good stuff! We'll be back!
2755 Commercial St. SE
Salem, OR 97302.
Open 7am to 8pm, 7 Days a Week.