A Fork on the Road

Brickell breakfast and lunch spot a hit with workers on the go

 

If you go

What: Sacha’s Café

Address:1450 Brickell Ave., Miami

Contact: 305-926-7013, sachas-café.com

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday

Prices: Breakfast $3.50-$4, salads $7-$11, sandwiches $7.20-$9.50, entrées $11.50

FYI: Get the weekly menu by smart phone when you register your e-mail. Corporate catering available.


Side Dish

Caramelized Potatoes (Karamelkartoffeln)

This side dish adapted from “Spoonfuls of Germany” by Nadia Hassani (Hippocrene, 2004) is a specialty of northern Germany as well as Denmark.

1 pound small new potatoes or fingerlings, scrubbed

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon sugar

Pinch ground nutmeg

Cook potatoes in salted water to cover until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter with salt to taste, sugar and nutmeg. Place potatoes in a greased 2-quart casserole dish in a single layer. Pour the butter mixture over them. Toss until well coated. Bake until crisp and light brown, about 30 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Per serving (based on 4): 150 calories, 34 percent fat, 5.9 g fat (3.7 g saturated, 1.5 g monunsaturated) 15 mg cholesterol, 2.3 g protein, 23.2 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 7 mg sodium.


lbb75@bellsouth.net

There is no sign for Sacha’s Café, but financial district fans are finding it for morning coffee and quick lunches.

The small, sleek space is tucked into the back of the ground floor of the JPMorgan Chase office tower. Folks queue at the counter for a grab-and-go sandwich (prosciutto with fresh mozzarella is the bestseller) or to order a custom-made one. There are daily specials from soups to sweets.

German chef-owner Hans Viertl grew up on a farm in Bavaria and dreamed of seeing the world. He became a chef after an apprenticeship and worked in Munich and Paris, then for Club Med for 18 years.

Viertl was sent to Miami to manage resorts in the Caribbean, and met his wife, Sonia, here. She is of Armenian descent and grew up in Montreal. They adopted their son, Sacha, from Russia 22 years ago.

The couple ran a gourmet food and wine shop in Coral Gables, but sold it six years ago to go into the cafe business. (Sacha’s also has locations in Coral Gables and the Blue Lagoon area near the airport.)

Start the day with a yogurt and granola parfait with fruit or an omelet. Specials on a recent lunch visit were grilled vegetable and goat cheese quiche, a wrap with curried chicken salad, spinach and roasted garlic soup and penne carbonara.

Salads range from spicy tuna to couscous with chickpeas, caramelized onions and chicken. Breads include slim ficelle, baguette, ciabatta, whole grain and croissant to craft a sandwich with roasted turkey, Genoa salami, honey ham or country pate with Gouda, Cheddar or Manchego.

Tempting brownies, apple strudel and gourmet chocolate bars are near the checkout register for a treat.

Linda Bladholm is a Miami food writer and personal chef who blogs at FoodIndiaCook.com.

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