London is abundant in oversized, lip-smackingly delicious gourmet sandwiches and we’ve tracked down a few of the very best. Time to tuck in…
Words Helen Brown
The humble sandwich – a staple on the grab-and-go lunch menu – is going gourmet. London’s eateries are getting bolder, braver and bigger with sarnies that constitute as a big, delicious meal in themselves. The American sub, sourdough classics and the Jewish bagel have all had the gourmet treatment throughout the city; they’re as messy as they are tasty. Here’s where you can grab one….
New to the gourmet sarnie market is Yolk, who have recently set up shop in Finsbury Avenue Square. The place is turning the traditional sandwich on its head with London’s finest produce and innovative ideas. On the menu you’ll find the Duck Bun made with confit duck and smoked aioli, along with the Parmigiana toastie and an Umami Chicken number.
Award winning Sandwich fanatics Sub Cult are famous for their gourmet U.S deli-style sub rolls, which they dish out from the hatch of the trusty Soul Roller. All subs are made to order using a unique and freshly-baked bagel-brioche bread creation.
Monty’s Deli began life as a market stall in 2012 and is ‘the best value lunch in London’ according to Tom Kerridge. Now with a permanent home in Hoxton, Monty’s Deli serves Jewish soul food and the city’s best salt beef sandwiches and bagels.
MAX’S SANDWICH SHOP
Renowned for its small menu of big sarnies and innovative flavours, Max’s Sandwich Shop has built up quite the cult following. Try Ham, Egg ‘N’ Chips, The Bhaji Smuggler or The Korean Gangster, along with Max’s mega-popular mac ‘n’ cheese balls. Getting to the original venue requires a bit of a schlep up north but posh sandwich fans have reason to rejoice for Max’s is currently serving a six-month residency at Birthdays in Dalston.
The sandwiches at Lundenwic are serious business. Most days there are three to choose from with options such as the onion, kale and cheese toastie. Flavours are bold and perfectly paired, and the sourdough comes from Balthazar.