Thursday, 17 June 2010

sydney sammiches

Sandwiches are so hot right now. Ok, that's a slight exaggeration...they've been back on the foodie friendly list for a little while..and for good reason: Sydney is doing some great things with the whole 'two pieces of bread and something in the middle' concept.

There's even a great new blog, dedicated to the beauty of the sambo: Bianca Khalil's photoblog Sandwichface is an ode to her home made creations with partner in crime, FBi's own Andrew Levins, as well as some of the more interesting ones around town. I particularly like this deep fried camembert one. There's also a great website called Scanwiches - scans of cross sections of sandwiches. Guess it really is good to be the filling between the bread...

So, if you don't live with these crazy kids, where can you get a good sammich in Sydney?

62-64 Foster St, The Georgio, Basement, Surry Hills 2010
(02) 9280 2233

If you like 'em big, then this Surry Hills destination will be your new best friend. It's all about the doorstop of bread, generous fillings and tasty combinations that keep regulars coming back for more. Locals love the chicken schnitzel with mayo and cos lettuce and the seasonal vegetables on brown Vienna bread, despite sounding completely boring, puts up a good fight for tasty, substantial vegetarian fare.
Four Ate Five
485 Crown St, Surry Hills, 2010
(02) 9698 6485
Four Ate Five has been killing it since the day they opened. Pretty much everything these guys do is great, including the housemade creamed corn on the breaky menu, but when it comes to sandwiches, the pick of the litter is the pulled pork sandwich. What's pulled pork? Marinated, slow cooked pork (usually the shoulder), known as carnitas in Mexico - until the meat literally falls apart. Teamed with crisp cucumber and apple, smothered in tomato chutney and aioli on dark, almost caramel-flavoured's worth starving all morning just to stop by and order this lunchtime gem.

Big Bite
Shop 3, 250 Pitt Street, Sydney
(02) 9283 4700

If you're in the city and stuck for lunch ideas, then you're in luck. Just make sure you get there before the lunch rush hits, or be prepared to wait. Again, this is big sandwich territory - good for ravenous lunchers, or to share, if you're not up for the challenge. Try the grilled chicken, with basil oil, lemon & chive mayo, roma tomatoes, mixed lettuce, rocket and snow pea sprouts.

Honorable mentions:

Ham, mustard, pickle and mayo @ Youeni Provides
379b South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst 2010

Italian sausage @ Little Vienna
Hunter, Barrack and Pitt Sts, City, North Sydney

Crab sandwich (posh entry) @ Guillaume at Bennelong
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Circular Quay
(02) 9241 1999

Image courtesy of Bianca from Sandwichface.