While you read this, you might be at your desk, staring at a sandwich filled with deli meats that just aren’t stacking up for you.
The humble sandwich has come along way since it’s said the western version was invented in 18th-century Europe. These days you’re going to get much more bang for your buck than a couple of slices of bread with 3-day old ham and some unwashed lettuce wedged between them.
Melbourne’s CBD has a wide array of fine purveyors of sandwich wares, and this list only just scratches the surface. So, if you’re looking to go big on your lunch break, try these sandwich options.
Roast Chicken Roll | Liminal
Hitting the market with much fanfare in early-2019 was the Roast Chicken Roll from Liminal. A classic take on what you might have found in a take-away shop in the mid-90s, this roll uses the juiciest leg meat, rocket, and a side of their house-made chicken gravy for you to drizzle at your leisure.
It’s worth ordering a side of chips to dunk into your gravy. Don’t waste a drop.
For vegetarians, Liminal also dishes up a Ma Pa Tofu Roll which is also worth an order.
The MD Reuben | Mason Dixon
Let’s get the controversy out of the way now: the best Reuben sandwich in Melbourne is from Mason Dixon in the CBD.
This sandwich became so popular that owner Garrett Huston had to move Mason Dixon to bigger digs on Bourke St. Hundreds of office workers shuffle up every day, hungry for corned beef, Swiss cheese, house-made sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye.
Order the massive Reuben Supreme if you’re having a rough day, but I reckon the MD Reuben hits the corned beef sweet spot.
The Pope Joan | Pope Joan
One day we were weeping uncontrollably, the next, Pope Joan was back.
The CBD pop-up is now a permanent thing, and that’s a good thing for CBD sandwich fiends.
For a late breakfast hit, order up the namesake sandwich that is filled with free-range bacon, egg, and brown sauce.
The Rueben at Pope Joan also bangs. Order it.
Chicken Katsu Sando | Saint Dreux
When Saint Dreux hit the Melbourne food scene early in 2019 it caused a bit of controversy. Who would pay $28 for a sandwich?
Plenty of people have, and I’d say, many have been back for more.
The square cut white bread surrounds a crispy and light chicken katsu, that isn’t enormous but packs a punch in the delicious stakes.
You’ll find Saint Dreux inside the St Collins Lane shopping centre.
Good Morning Cubano | Bowery To Williamsburg
If you’re looking for a sandwich like you found on your trip to New York, Bowery To Williamsburg has what you’ve been looking for.
Bowery To Williamsburg offers up a variety of egg dishes, bagels, waffles, and, of course, sandwiches.
The Good Morning Cubano is filled with Cuban braised pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, mustard pickles, and a fried egg, all sitting inside grilled challah.
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