Best Xmas sarnies We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to – here’s our pick of the best festive sandwiches in town
The festive season is upon us and that can only mean one thing: Christmas sandwiches. And in Cardiff we are spoilt by the city centre’s independent sandwich shops offering a mouthwatering array of turkey baguettes and sarnies. David Prince spent seven day
Baguetty Junction, Penarth Road
■ The sandwich: Winter Special Roast baguette – Roast turkey, cranberry with stuffing & gravy.
■ Cost: £4
■ Verdict: Straight in there with a bang is Baguetty Junction – and their contender for 2018 is top notch.
The roast turkey was succulent and flavoursome, but it had too much cranberry sauce in it for my liking. The stuffing added the right amount of taste and filled me up.
The roll is served warm and wrapped in foil to retain the heat, which is a nice touch as by the time I got back to the office it was still warm and very enjoyable.
■ Rating: 3.5/5
Servini’s, Wyndham Arcade
■ The sandwich: Turkey stuffing with cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets. ■ Cost: £6.85 or £7.85 with chips. ■ Verdict: This one is definitely a contender – everything about this turkey baguette screams Christmas and the festive season. The only downside for me is too much cranberry sauce – but again that is all done to personal taste. Apart from that I really loved this entry. The turkey was tasty and tender, while there was quite a lot of stuffing.
Also you cannot go wrong with devils in temptation or, as most people call them, pigs in blankets.
We experienced the full works – the baguette can even come with chips, which added a nice twist on an traditional festive offering.
■ Rating: 4/5
New York Deli, High Street Arcade
■ The sandwich: NYD Christmas special – Turkey, bacon, NYD-stuffing, cheddar cheese, English mustard, red cabbage & cranberry slaw.
■ Cost: Hoagie – £9.95. Sandwich – £8.95. Bagel – £7.95
■ Verdict: As usual, Cardiff’s New York Deli delivers a feast before your very own eyes. This is easily one of the biggest on offer but at what cost? Yes, a hefty price tag. We went for the sandwich and you will definitely enjoy it – and feel very full afterwards.
The layers of turkey and bacon were tasty and the added cheese, mustard and red cabbage really brought out the flavours, although I did find the cranberry slaw a little too sweet for my taste. This entry is a mammoth treat. ■ Rating: 4/5
Market Deli, Cardiff Market
■ The sandwich: Festive roll which includes turkey, sage & onion stuffing, pork sausage meat, chestnut and cranberry roll.
Although that is not the only festive feast you can sink your teeth in to. The Market Deli have upped their game to the Premier League by adding a festive Yorkshire pudding wrap and festive baubles (stuffing) along with a pig on a stick.
■ Cost: Festive roll – £3, Festive Yorkshire pudding wrap – £3.50, Festive bauble – £1.30 each or two for £2.20 and the pig on a stick – £1.30 each or two for £2.20.
■ Verdict: The Market Deli has revolutionised the festive lunchtime treat with three out-of-this-world additions. Each time the turkey was succulent and tasty. The gravy and cranberry sauce was perfectly balanced to keep the meat moist (sometimes turkey and pork can be a bit dry).
The winner here is most definitely the Yorkshire pudding wrap - for £3.50 it has everything you need!
■ Rating: 4/5
Fresh, Royal Arcade
■ The sandwich: Roast turkey, pork, sage & onion stuffing, cranberry sauce & chipolata sausage baguette. ■ Cost: £4.50
■ Verdict: Another eagerly-awaited entry from Fresh Baguette. You get everything here – great taste and fantastic value for money.
The stuffing is out of this world, and when added with the chipolata sausage, this one is up there with the best of them.
The turkey is tender and seasoned to perfection with salt and pepeer.
■ Rating: 4/5
Bombers Sandwich House, Guildhall Place
■ The sandwich: Christmas special – comes in two options.
The Bunny Chow is an edible bread bowl, filled with roast turkey, stuffing, roast potato with rosemary, broccoli, pigs in blankets – all topped with gravy and cranberry sauce.
Option 2 is a soft hoagie filled with roast turkey, stuffing, roast potato with rosemary, broccoli, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce – and you can have it with or without gravy. ■ Cost: Bunny
Chow style – £5.95 Hoagie – £4.95
■ Verdict: Bombers have yet again released an all-rounder with 2018’s Christmas special. This one certainly has the wow factor – just look at the size of it.
This one has everything you could ask for in a festive lunch treat. I had mine with gravy – and yes that did give it a bit of a soggy bottom.
But the turkey was tender and juicy, thanks to the gravy and cranberry.
The broccoli is a nice little touch that isn’t used that often in other shops festive entries.
■ Rating: 4.5/5
WINNER: Quay Street Kitchen, Quay Street
■ The sandwich: Turkey Christmas special – slow cooked pulled turkey with QSK special rub, served with crispy bacon bits, Welsh cheddar, rocket topped with rich cranberry sauce in a organic sourdough baguette. Veggie Christmas special – Stilton cheese with fig and balsamic chutney, crushed walnuts and rocket.
■ Cost: Meat – Baguette £6; Sandwich or wrap £5.50. Veggie – Baguette £4.95; Sandwich or wrap £4.50.
■ Verdict: Last year’s winner, Quay Street Kitchen, has clearly prepared itself for this year’s specials. The slow cooked pulled turkey is mouthwatering and I loved the crispy bacon for texture and flavour.
Add in the cheddar and rocket and it’s to die for. The baguette itself is great, though with everything in the roll it’s tricky to eat.
The veggie option is the winner here though – the Stilton is one of the best I’ve tasted, and the chutney again is wonderful.
This sandwich would be a winner any time of the year - I wish they would serve it as a regular sarnie!
■ Rating: 5/5 for the veggie and 4.5/5 for the meat.
Quay Street Kitchen’s tasty Christmas specials