A sandwich is handheld. It’s familiar. And it’s a vehicle for a number of main courses that could ordinarily (or, boringly) be put on a plate. Nothing beats a sandwich. You know, we know it, and all the restaurants adding them to their menus know it. Which is why we’ve put together this list of London restaurants who have started putting exciting things between two slices.
THE NEW SANDWICH SPOTS
The excellent Soho pasta spot is open for lunch from Monday to Wednesday, and that’s when you’ll be able to get their fried ciccioli sandwich. The fried pork is sandwiched between two slabs of homemade focaccia and dressed with fennel kraut, fennel mayo, apple ketchup, along with some fried pasta scraps on the side too.
A lunchtime deal for the ages that may not be new, but may well be news to you. The Camberwell Arms always pretty much always has a sandwich on for lunch that also includes a glass of house wine, a beer, or a soft drink. At the moment it’s a salf beef bun with horseradish and wholegrain mustard mayonnaise and shaved celeriac. Tomorrow it might be pork collar with aioli. You’ll just have to go and find out.
Dom’s Subs are coming out of Lanark Coffee on the Hackney Road and they’re the best thing to happen to east London since people wore Playstation controllers around their necks. Expect generous fillings - from mortadella, bresaola, and more cold cuts, to brisket with cheese whiz, or tenderstem broccoli with confit garlic, and other marinated vegetables. Whatever you go for, all of it is in a soft but crisp sub. We love you Dom, whoever you are.
Price: Around £10.
There’s no doubt that Trullo is N1′s restaurant darling, and we have no doubt that their ciabatta rolls will be the darling of our mouths. Whatever that means. The fillings change, but pictured below is slow cooked lamb shoulder, grilled peppers, aioli and salsa verde. And, there’s a vegetarian option too. FYI it’s collection only.
40 Maltby St
Much of what comes out of 40 Maltby Street is talked about in hushed, excited whispers. Word of cauliflower croquettes being on the menu will spread across London’s burgeoning beige-obsessed community like a molten cheese wildfire. It’s no surprise then that their weekly changing sandwiches have the same effect. Below is a recent fried chicken and coleslaw number that could be yours if you go and collect.
The cannily named SnackMuffin™️ is exactly what you think it is. It’s a McMuffin that’s gone to finishing school, and come back with a bright orange yolk, homemade brown sauce, and a thoroughly meaty pork sausage patty. The slice of American hasn’t changed though, because some things are best left untouched. Eat in, outside, or order for delivery and takeaway.
Darby’s is an oyster bar, bakery, and grill, with an Irish tilt. But what does this have to do with sandwiches? Enter: the BBQ short rib and lobster mayo brioche bun set, complete with four cans of Guinness. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy making anything yourself, pop to Vauxhall to see what’s coming out of their hatch.
Is it a fried chicken burger or a sandwich? The terminology seems to change depending on where you go but, frankly, you won’t really care as long as it’s in your mouth. At least that’s we reckon about 12:51′s buttermilk chicken katsu sandwich, dressed in a pickled radish and carrot salad. There are standard buttermilk chicken options too, and you can order them online or swing by to collect.
Is a wrap a sandwich? For the purposes of this guide, yes. Yes, it is. We’re sure you’ll agree once you eye up MNTD’s jianbing wraps too. They’ve set up stalls at both their Clapton and Victoria Park restaurants, and there are lamb and cumin, crab, or jackfruit options.
The Good Egg have always been supporters of all things bread and sandwich-related. Happily, they’ve doubled down on this with their Montreal bagel menu. There’s the harissa egg mayo with bacon pictured below, salt beef, lox, and they’re only available at their Stoke Newington location. There are challah options too.
The Good Egg
If you’re more central, then The Good Egg’s spot in Soho also has you covered. Their merguez, egg, and cheese brunch bun - the MEC to those in the know - is only available from Kingly Court. There’s also a vegan option if you’re that way inclined.
Almost as popular as the sandwich ‘pivot’ is the fried chicken one. Two Lights in Shoreditch have gone for both with their new fried chicken menu. The sandwich - crispy thigh with slaw and ‘Comeback sauce’ - is available for takeaway or delivery Thursday til Saturday.