Two slices of bread, a filling and maybe even a condiment or two….at the most basic level the sandwich is something that everyone can make. However in the right hands the humble sandwich can be elevated into an art form, like this little lot below.
Sam Sandwiches is a proper hidden gem inside Shepherd’s Bush Market and these guys are slinging some of the best sarnies around with a menu inspired by Algerian street food flavours. Meat comes in the form of marinated chicken, lamb’s liver, merguez or a fish fillet before being topped off with a fried egg and chips. These big boy sandos are also slathered with plenty of harissa and mayo too, just how we like ’em.
The Spicy Guy at Chatsworth Bakehouse
This is a proper firecracker of a sarnie, featuring salami & prosciutto cotto, smoky n’duja & honey aioli, sliced cheddar, shredded lettuce, tomato AND pickled chilli peppers all wrapped up in thick slabs of focaccia. And if you don’t manage to get your mitts on this one, any of their weekly sarnie specials is a winner.
Fish Sando at Milk
There are fish finger butties and then there are Japanese-inspired fish sandos. Milk is out here taking things to the next level with this panko red snapper, fukujinzuke pickle, Japanese mayo and housemade tonkatsu number on shokupan bread.
Chicken Mayo at Hill & Szrok
Clearly McDonald’s is a huge source of inspo as Hackney butchers Hill & Szrok have knocked up their take on the chicken mayo, with a very chunky bit of fried chicken on lettuce and mayo in a sesame bun.
Birria Sandwich at Esters
Esters is bringing birria to the people of Stokey with this bangin’ sarnie. It’s got slow cooked beef shin, Tetilla cheese, avo & onions inside a telera roll, with the piece de resistance, a cup of consomme for drenching action, on the side.
Corned Beef Hash Sando at Panadera
Filipino bakery Panadera just opened in Kentish Town and they’ve come in strong on the sandwich front with the likes of corned beef hash and egg salad sandos (with the optional extra of black truffle) on their slightly sweet pandesal bread.
Tuna Melt at Sons + Daughters
Sons + Daughters in King’s Cross is known for its doorstop sarnies and they’ve brought back a classic for you to wrap your chops around. Their take on the tuna melt includes sustainably caught fish, smoked cheddar, onion relish, horseradish aioli. green sauce and lettuce and it’s massive.
Crunchwrap Supreme at Snackbar
Can a wrap be classed as a sandwich? There’s a debate to be had for sure. But what’s not debatable is how good this Crunchwrap Supreme from Snackbar is. Inspired by Taco Bell and made a million times better, this has carne asada, four-cheese sauce, salad and pickles all wrapped up in a crispy tortilla shell, with salsa verde for dipping.
Sausage & Egg Muffin at Norman’s Cafe
If you’re partial to a Maccy D’s breakfast then you need to try this muffin from Tufnell Park caff Norman’s with sausage, egg, hash brown, Red Leicester and HP sauce. DING DONG.
Mortadella Focaccia at Cafe Deco
Sometimes only a ham sandwich will do and for those times, it’s gotta be the mortadella focaccia at Cafe Deco. They also do a take on the fish finger sarnie with their smoked haddock fritter, mayo & lettuce bun. Can’t choose? Get both.
Jamon & Celeriac Remoulade Sandwich at Big Jo
You can’t get to France right now so France is coming to us, via Hornsey with this ham and celeriac remoulade number from Big Jo. A classic filling inside their own fresh baked sandwich bread is a winning combo.
Roast Pork Sub at Dom’s Subs
Dom’s Subs has changed the sarnie game in London thanks their house-baked semolina sub rolls stuffed with fillings like roast pork, provolone, broccoli rabe, chilli and garlic. It’s a biggun but you’ll have no trouble scoffing it down.
Nutella French Toast at Eggbreak
Sweet sarnies are a thing and they don’t come much sweeter than this Nutella French toast from Eggbreak. Chocolate spread and cornflakes on the inside, crispy eggy bread on the outside and some marscapone to dip it in.
Del Piero Doughnut at From The Ashes
Yes that is smoked pork shoulder, ndjua and chilli jam inside a sugar doughnut (with crackling dust on top) and yes it is epic. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a little bit hot and a lot of indulgence, Hackney Wick BBQ hatch From The Ashes knows what’s good.