Syd­ney’s best sand­wiches

Try these slices of heaven

Time Out (Sydney) - - INSIDE - By Jor­dan Kretch­mer

South Dowl­ing Sand­wiches Or­der the: Chilli chicken on white

There’s a good rea­son for the daily queue that snakes out of this fam­ily-run sand­wich shop. The list of fill­ings is one (the clas­sic salad sand­wich has a whop­ping 14 dif­fer­ent veg­gies in­clud­ing stringy caramelised car­rots, red roma toma­toes, green beans and grilled egg­plant), and the spe­cial­ity op­tions are the other (on our visit the two spe­cials are named af­ter the boys from Flight Fa­cil­i­ties). This warm, lemon­grass-heavy Thai-style chicken is a top-notch sand­wich fill­ing – the mari­nade on the chicken re­places a need for sauce, and white fluffy bread and lettuce pin things to­gether nicely. Add a swipe of ev­ery­thing from the salad bar for $3 if you’re re­ally hun­gry. 377 South Dowl­ing St, Dar­linghurst 2010. 02 9360 9355. south­dowl­ing.com.au. Mon-Sat 7.30am-3.15pm.

Brick­fields Or­der the: Ba­con and kale

Most Syd­ney menus will state it loudly and clearly when they use Brick­fields bread, and for good rea­son – the chewy, seed-laden slices are the per­fect, tasty foun­da­tions for a good sand­wich. This sambo veers into break­fast ter­ri­tory with count­less slices of crisp ba­con, tan­gled with shreds of kale. The salad is sea­soned with loads of mayo, break­ing down the usu­ally tough greens and mak­ing it an excellent ’slaw. We’re also huge fans of the mushroom, jalapeño and cheese toastie here. 206 Cleve­land St, Chip­pen­dale 2008. 02 9698 7880. brick­fields.com.au. Daily 7am-3pm.

Shop and Wine Bar Or­der the: BLT

This tiny Curlewis Street café is a well oiled ma­chine, and the foil-wrapped sangers are the lunchtime star. Staff also tap out great cof­fees. Choose be­tween or white or brown bread here, then get ready for your two-hand hunger-buster. The shreds of ba­con are just crisp enough and piled high, con­trasted with crunchy lettuce, creamy aioli and fresh toms. 78 Curlewis St, Bondi 2026. 02 9365 2600. theshopand­winebar.com.au. Mon-Sat 6am-10pm; Sun 7am-10pm. Rut­land Street Sand­wiches Or­der the: Chicken schnitzel sand­wich on brown bread This Surry Hills sambo spot is the sort of place that you wish was a stone’s throw from your of­fice. A tenner will get you white or whole­meal bread, which is like school sand­wich-style in­stead of any­thing fancy, but it re­ally works.

This clas­sic combo com­bines crumbed chicken with ex­tra carbs, with great re­sults. The schnitty is juicy but not oily and has nice crisp edges. The creamy mayo blends with just the right ra­tio of salad to bring you back from the brink of lunchtime overindul­gence, and the soft brown bread pins ev­ery­thing neatly into place. 16 Buck­ing­ham St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 8394 9234. rut­land­st­sand­wiches.com. Mon-Fri 7am-3pm. Shift Eatery Or­der the: Join the Club This ve­gan café and deli ped­dles plant-based takes on clas­sic sand­wiches, dairy-free sweet treats and solid cof­fee. Join the Club is a ve­gan sambo pil­ing up ‘chicken’ schnitzel, ‘turkey’ slices and ‘ched­dar cheese’. Af­ter a chat with our waiter we find out the pep­pery turkey is made in-house us­ing sei­tan (also known as wheat gluten or wheat meat), and the schnitty is soy and po­tato-based, made by Fry’s Fam­ily Food. The ve­gan aioli re­ally makes an ar­gu­ment for pass­ing on its eggy coun­ter­part – it adds creami­ness and zest. The bright orange slices of ched­dar boast a sim­i­lar con­sis­tency to a Kraft sin­gle while the avo, tomato and lettuce do what they do best. We’re not miss­ing the meat. Shop 4, 241 Com­mon­wealth St, Surry Hills 2010. www.shifteatery.com.au. Mon-Sat 8am-3pm; Sun 8am-2pm. The Dol­phin Wine Room Or­der the: Go Getta Porchetta This wine bar steps up their lunchtime game with a se­ries of ro­tat­ing sand­wiches. Can’t de­cide or want to try two dif­fer­ent sand­wiches? Ask for hal­fand-half and you can make like Han­nah Mon­tana and get the best of both worlds. Also, un­like most sand­wich shops in the area (which don’t have seat­ing) you’ll find plenty of places to kick back and en­joy your lunch.The Go Getta Porchetta is a banger lunchtime sanger filled with rounds of soft pork and bits of sneaky crack­ling hid­ing in be­tween the Brick­fields bread. Bonus points for the side of crisps and the fact it comes wrapped and tied up like a gift – which is ap­pro­pri­ate con­sid­er­ing it’s the per­fect lunchtime treat for your sweet self. 412 Crown St, Surry Hills 2010. 02 9331 4800. dol­phin­ho­tel.com.au. Sat-Mon 11.30am-10pm; Tue-Fri 11.30am-mid­night. Brook­lyn Bridge Deli Or­der the: Reuben This sub­ter­ranean CBD sand­wich shop pumps out New York deli-in­spired sand­wiches. Along with pas­trami, Philly cheeses­teak and Reuben sand­wiches, you’ll find cof­fee that comes served in blue-and-white An­thora pa­per cups. The team corn the sil­ver­side in-house here, re­sult­ing in a pep­pery, chunky beef fill­ing to the clas­sic Reuben. They nail the ra­tio of sauer­kraut, Rus­sian dress­ing and Swiss cheese too, so the sand­wich is packed with flavour but holds with­out get­ting too messy. It’s fill­ing enough to keep you troop­ing on through­out the day, but won’t leave you in need of a post-lunch nap. 6/2 Bridge St, Syd­ney 2000. Mon-Fri 7am-3pm.

Ask for half-and­half and make like Han­nah Mon­tana and get the best of both worlds

South Dowl­ing Sand­wiches

Shift Eatery

The Dol­phin Wine Room

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