There’s no denying that we’re suckers for a good sandwich. So, when we heard whispers of a New York-style sandwich bar opening in Ellerslie, we basically circled the neighbourhood until they were ready for service. Yep, we’re obsessed.
Enter Pastrami & Rye and you’ll be instantly be transported to NYC. Long and narrow, one wall is lined with homemade pickle jars while the opposite features a counter piled high with freshly baked French bread, cheeses, pastries and sweet treats from Bluebells. There’s only a small bar with leaners that sits at the front window. But that’s the whole point—Pastrami & Rye are quick to rustle up their delicious offerings and coffee— you’ll be back to your office, home or a nearby park in a flash of the eye.
Owners Dave Donoghue and Angela Earl have a real passion for their new opening. Everything apart from the bread (made by the legendary La Voie Francaise) is made in-house. They pickle their own condiments, cure and smoke all their own meat—it’s a labour of love, but it gives them confidence that the food they’re producing is the best it can possibly be.
The creations are simple, which allows the premium ingredients to shine. For breakfast choose a filled bagel—egg, bacon and provolone cheese or salmon, goats cheese and dill. Warm buns are filled to the brim with egg and pastrami or try the smashed avo with a gooey poached egg.
Lunch offerings are made to order—no sitting around to wilt, thank you very much. Pastrami on rye is a good choice or make it a Ruben with the additions of sauerkraut, pickle, mustard and cheese. The Cuban double ups on meat with ham and pork along with cheese and pickles. Or, if you want to go all out, try the lobster roll dressed simply with good mayo and herbs.
This cafe is a little unlike others. It’s open until 7pm—yes, you heard right. They’re catering to all your dinner time annoyances by offering take-home rotisserie chickens, salads and slider packs. We mean…who’s got time to cook dinner after a long day, anyway?
There’s only one fault we can spot with this new opening—they need to open one in every suburb. Here’s hoping!
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews