Instagrammer, The Xandwich is sassy with his sangers. He’s on a mission to eat and photograph the best London has to offer when it comes to the quintessentially British dish; because our sandwiches are so much more than just bread and fillings, they’re masterpieces in their own right. We caught up with him to find out where we should be at the top of our list when we need that carb fix.
Max's Sandwich Shop
What: Dedicated to Making the Perfect British Dish
Why: Max’s Sandwich Shop in Crouch Hill is dedicated to making the perfect British dish: the sandwich. Max Halley, the owner, is a total odd-ball but at the same time the best person in the world. He is the equivalent of a sushi master, think ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ but instead ‘Max’s Make a Sandwich’. He exudes passion and a deep knowledge of flavours, contrasts and textures, the perfect ingredients to the perfect sanger.
Make Sure You Order: Ham Egg n Chips. It’s sex. Homemade focaccia, in-house fermented piccalilli, shoestring fries, ham hock, duck egg and malt vinegar mayo. The classic ‘ham, egg ‘n’ chips’ in the convenience of a carb-heavy sarnie.
Where: 19 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, N4 4AP
What: A Converted 1950s Ambulance Serving Up All Things Porcine
Why: Again, turning a British classic on its head with sheer originality and passion. Plus, the man behind it all, James, is an absolute heart-throb.
Make Sure You Order: Le Bacon Butty. Homemade butter and onion bap, middle bacon, bacon butter, mushroom ketchup and a duck egg. Gob-smackingly tasty.
Where: Spitalfields and Broadway Market and Broadgate Circle
What: A Cute Stall in Borough Market Serving Up Portions of Goat
Why: The place is run by power couple Nick and Nadia, and the menu screams of Nadia’s Cypriot heritage. Herby, citrusy and intensely meaty.
Make Sure You Order: Kid Goat Kofta. Mint, parsley, coriander, Sicilian lemon, chilli, Israeli spices… you catch my drift.
Where: Unit 27A Rochester Walk, London Bridge, SE1 9AF
The Dusty Knuckle Bakery
What: Bakery Up in Dalston That Smashes Different Kinds of Sandwiches Each Week
Why: The Dusty Knuckle Bakery up in Dalston smashes different kinds of sandwiches each week and there is no set menu so you never know what you might get each time you visit. And they are bread gurus, the sourdough is to die for. Reasonably priced at £5 for two large doorstep sarnies.
Make Sure You Order: You’re on to a winner with whatever’s on the chalkboard.
Where: Abbot Street Car Park, Dalston, E8 3DP
What: Authentic Mexican
Why: Killer Tomato is an authentic Mexican in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush run by an ex-street food vendor called Matt. It’s traditional and authentic, from the mezcal to the burritos. Anything from the menu is eaten quicker than Speedy Gonzalez himself.
Make Sure You Order: Pork belly and crackling burrito.
Where: 18 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8DH
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