Sydney’s best sandwiches
Try these slices of heaven
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
The Dolphin Wine Room