Sure, I’ve got time for a ramen broth that’s been slaved over for 72 hours and props go to painstaking Michelin-starred cuisine that takes years to accomplish, but sometimes all I need to satiate the hunger is the humble sandwich.
Good news then, as the sub, the sarnie, the piece, whichever you call it, is having a moment right now. London is packed with the things. I’m not talking Pret’s ham and cheese with mustard mayo (although, that will always have a special place in my heart), these are sarnies that mean business, from hipster Hackney joints serving up creative fillings on soughdough (naturally) to stuffed, oily focaccia that wouldn’t seem out of place on the streets of Rome, here are London’s top sandwich joints that are definitely not cutting off the corners when it comes to flavour.
Bakers, The Dusty Knuckle know their way around a sourdough loaf and if you haven’t tried one of their knockout sandwiches get yourself down to their East London offering pronto.
Available Wednesday to Sunday for takeout only, delights include the likes of chicken marinated with a herb borani (that’s dill, tarragon, basil and mint yogurt), chilli butter, and cucumber salad all on a toasted walnut bread. Or the Isle of Wight tomatoes with smoked anchovies, almond aioli, lovage and crispy green lettuce.
So popular are these bad boys that you have to pre-order them via Whatsapp! Check their website for details.
The Dusty Knuckle, Abbot Street Car Park
London E8 3DP
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Sadly these guys are still closed due to COVID-19 but they assure us they will be back in their Coal Drops Yard space as soon as possible.
We can’t wait to welcome the doorstep-sized sarnies back into our lives, from one of 2019’s most talked about casual eateries.
Not really sarnies but incredible dishes put between two floury baps.
The inspiration for the fillings comes from far and wide, from a Chinese-style prawn and pork toast-inspired sandwich on floury baps to char siu pork belly porchetta loaded with carrot-daikon, pickle, chicharron, crispy onions, chillis, apricot sambal and confit tomatoes. Oomph!
Bodega Rita’s, Unit 114 Lower Stable Street, London N1C 4DR
Sexy, warm, Italian and delivered to your door. Bread & Truffle were one of our greatest lockdown finds – after getting bored of cooking three meals a day we had to turn to Deliveroo.
These guys came up trumps thanks to their fresh-out-of-the-oven focaccia filled with mouthwatering Italian ingredients and a penchant for a drizzle of truffle oil.
Highlights include the Porky Pig: cacio and pepe spread, Tuscan grilled sausages, crispy Italian bacon, sliced truffle pecorino cheese and red chicory, or the Nutty & Creamy: pistachio pesto, burrata, roasted pistachio crumble and extra virgin olive oil.
Bread & Truffle, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, Hackney, London E8 3SB
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We’ve no idea who Dom is but he sure knows his way around a sandwich. This Hackney hipster creates subs so big you’ll have a hard job getting your chops around them.
Try the OG of Dom’s, the Dom’s Club packed with roast turkey, ham, bacon, swiss cheese, tomatoes, shredded iceberg, guacamole and mayo or the The Roman: tenderstem broccoli dressed with confit garlic and smoked paprika, roast aubergines and marinated artichokes, romesco sauce, rocket and chopped smoked almonds.
You might want to schedule in a lie down afterwards.
Dom’s Subs, 262 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ
London’s number one when it comes to salt beef bagels, Monty’s Deli has been serving up their delicious sandwiches since 2012 when they were no more than a humble market stall.
They now have spots at KERB street food and Spitalfield’s Market and their salt beef and pastrami is second to none, in fact, they are one of the only places that make theirs entirely from scratch in the UK.
Old Spitalfield’s Market and KERB at Seven Dials Food Market
Max’s Sandwich Shop may be nestled up in leafy Crouch End but sarnie aficionados are more than happy to make the trip north to try their floury delights. And it’s pretty much all down to owner and brains behind the brand, Max.
His creations have graced the pages of Esquire, Shortlist and The Observer – quite impressive when you realise we’re literally just talking about sandwiches. He launched a book, Max’s Sandwich Book, which was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller and he’s an authority on the humble sandwich on the pages of the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Vice, The Independent, the iPaper and more.
Making a sandwich in front of Max is probably like filleting a fish in front of Rick Stein – he’s the OG of two slices and a filling.
If a katsu curry is your hangover cure of choice, you’re about to meet your new morning after best friend. Stacksando by Taster create towering sarnies of Japanese-inspired crispy, juicy katsu and deliver them straight to your door via Deliveroo and UberEats.
The dishes, which have become a hit on the ‘Gram’, are the creation of ex-Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and we can confirm they taste as good as they look.
Available via Deliveroo and UberEats
Head to Kings Cross for sandwiches in chic, Scandi-inspired surroundings.
Try everything from the Chicken S+dwich: roasted chicken with soy-cured parmesan, pickled cucumber, lettuce, miso mayo and wasabi cress on a white bloomer, or the tasty Egg Salad S+dwich stuffed with Burford browns, miso mayo, truffle crisps and cress – quite possible the best and poshest egg sarnie ever.
Sons + Daughters, Unit 119A, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ