One of my first memories of CH was reading (or trying to read) the GIGANTIC thread on Sweet Lady Jane’s. My vague recollection is that the threads were basically, “It’s fantastic!” or “The woman behind Sweet Lady Jane is a totall b*tch, and I hate her baked goods.”
I’ve never been to the one in Hollywood, but they’ve opened a branch in Encino across the street from my office. I thought it might make a good lunch rotation, so I tried it yesterday.
It’s okay, I guess, but I can’t say I wish to return. The croissant had a nice shatter-y exterior but was super greasy (as in, I-can’t-use-my-phone-w/o-grease-marks-marring-the-screen greasy). It was kind of sweet, too. They warmed it up before serving it to me, which was a nice touch.
The chicken curry salad sandwich was noticeably more sweet. The bread (olive) was sweet, as was the salad itself. It wasn’t cloying but, after finishing one half, I was dying for some salt or a squeeze of lemon or… SOMETHING. The ingredients seem high-quality and the salad was moist, but it was pretty bland overall. The sandwich is deceptive filling… So much so that I was uncomfortably full several hrs later.
Including a tiny tip, my sandwich + croissant was $18 (!).
Can’t say I have a desire to try the cakes, given how oddly sweet the other items I tried were.