Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Whole Bagel

There aren't too many places in Bath where you can get a decent lunch for under a fiver - but, there is always The Whole Bagel. It's a huge hit with locals, and since moving to their flashy new premises complete with seating areas and an outside terrace, it seems the only way is up for this local independent. 

I love eating at places where they do one thing and do it well, and although you can choose to have your filling in a wrap or baguette, I would probably stare in horror at anyone who chose to do so. The chewy bagels are the star of the show here. You can choose from plain; sundried tomato and olive; poppy seed; multiseed; everything" (meaning all of the seeds - not as scary as it perhaps sounds); cheese and jalapeno; cinnamon and raisin. Say whether you'd like it toasted or straight up, then select your freshly made filling from the tempting menu.

My partner had the Caesar - a tasty combination of chicken breast,  sweet roasted peppers, Caesar dressing and crisp cos lettuce - and I had the Oriental, a kind of fusion bagel consisting of shredded aromatic duck with plum sauce, sliced cucumber, spring onion and cos lettuce. 

From my experience these are two of the best options on the menu, but other winners include the Mighty Swiss (Wiltshire ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, mayonaisse and mixed leaves) and the New Yorker (pastrami beef, red onion, tomato, mustard, dill pickle and mixed leaves). Also you have to give one of their freshly made smoothies a go - my favourite is the Pash 'n' Shoot, a tropical sensation of passion fruit, pineapple, mango and orange juice. Strange name though, really.

Grab a bagel when you're next in town, and if you see Mike, say hello from me.

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