It says a lot about a society’s priorities when a guy who served as the Postmaster General, First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State is still better known for inadvertently inventing The Sandwich. We’re not criticising—we love sandwiches too, and believe they’re definitely more important than war and politics.
The sandwich is the great unifier of the food world—from mere bread and spread to some outrageously adventurous creations, the sandwich is enjoyable anytime, by anyone, anywhere. With that in mind, here are fourteen of Perth’s best sandwiches. Go forth and enjoy.
North Street Store | The Ham & Salami Sandwich
While perhaps best known for their jaw-dropping cinnamon scrolls, North Street Store does a mean continental roll too. Nice, thin lashings of ham and salami nestle into the crunchy, house-baked baguette (it’s all about the bread, here), with crispy lettuce and tasty mayo the finishing touches. They sell out quickly so we recommend grabbing yours in the morning, even if it’s for lunch!
Il Lido | The Meat Sandwich
Changing up the offering daily, Il Lido tends to have two sandwiches to choose from: the vegetable sandwich, and The Meat Sandwich. As much as we like veggies, you just can’t go past some good Italian meats in a sandwich. Typically accompanied by goodies like pickled beetroot and house-made mayo, you can definitely bet your lunch-buck on these babies.
Market Grounds | The Specials
Market Grounds has been dishing out epic sandwiches for the past few weeks and this is the final week you can get them! Each week they've released three new flavours, so even if you've already tried these, get in this week for the bresaola salami caprese, the Greek pulled pumpkin or the buttermilk chicken. They all come served with potato crisps, becasue what's a sambo without some chippies?
The Re Store | The Works Sandwich
The home of all things delicious in Perth, it’s no surprise that The Re Store is crafting one of Perth’s best sangers. There’s a little list of typical combinations to choose from, as well as, of course, the ability to build your own sandwich, but we recommend just going straight in for The Works. This is a sandwich to satisfy any hunger—it’s got meat, it’s got cheese, it’s got salad, and it’s got all the extras you could dream of.
Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie| The Farmer Ham
Crunchy bread is king at Jean Claude, where a variety of baguettes fill the cabinets and the line spans around the corner of the block on the daily. It’s hard to go wrong with your choice here, but The Farmer Ham is a stand-out. Leg ham, lettuce, tomato, gherkins and cheddar cheese encased in a crusty white Farmer roll that’ll have you savouring every last bite, and not least because it takes some chewing.
Golden Bakery | The MYO Sandwich
This unassuming CBD bakery is punching well above its weight in the Perth sandwich game. You’ll find Golden Bakery on the corner of William and Murray; a cabinet full of golden-baked pastries street-facing, and the MYO sandwich line streaming down to the back-right corner of the shop. It’s all about you here: choose your bread (roll or sliced, white, multigrain, or rye), choose your meat, your salad, your extras, your sauce. You might need to dislocate your jaw to eat the things, but the taste and price (never more than $10) make up for it.
Little Sister Delicatessen | The Sandwich Of The Day
With bread delivered warm from the North Street Store oven daily, Little Sister Delicatessen is putting their own spin on the classic French baguette and showcasing their premium ingredients while they’re at it. You can usually choose from two different daily baguettes, each one as delicious as the last. Our recommendation: go in pairs, grab both and split them.
Black Truffle | The Caprese Sandwich
It’s a no-brainer that Black Truffle is crafting some of the best sandwiches going around, but undoubtedly their best combo is that of buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil and prosciutto. Best eaten salty and sandy after a morning spent at the beach.
West End Cereal & Sandwich Bar | The Mushroom & Egg Flatbread
Who said sandwiches aren’t made for mornings? West End Deli Cereal & Sandwich Bar are redefining the morning sanga, and we reckon’ the Mushroom & Egg Flatbread Toastie is the perfect way to fuel up for a long day on the grind. It’s doused with kewpie mayo and tomato relish, and you can even add bacon if you want to take it up a notch.
Lowdown | The Toasties
CBD coffee-cravers are drawn here for the exceptional coffee, but an order of one of Lowdown’s mouth-watering toasties tends to go hand-in-hand. And no, ‘The Toastie’ is not necessarily a menu item, but we couldn’t play favourites here (plus the offering changes regularly). Pick a sandwich, any sandwich, and you’ll walk away satisfied!
Mrs S | The Manwich
Maylands and Highgate
On the more serious end of the sandwich spectrum, Mrs S is practically famous for their Manwich and boy were punters glad when it survived the trip from Maylands to Beaufort Street. This baby packs a lot of punch, stacked with pulled pork, beetroot pickle, cucumber and aioli on a chewy ciabatta roll. Perfection!
Toastface Grillah | The Chilli Cheese
Because no list of great sandwiches is complete without a solid cheese toastie; The Chilli Cheese at Toastface Grillah is what dreams are made of. Melt-in-your-mouth cheddar is doused with chilli and smoked paprika and toasted ‘til golden. You’ll be ordering double.
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ | The Pulled Pig Sandwich
Bringing some good old fashioned American-style BBQ to the Perth sandwich game, Old Faithful’s Pulled Pig sanga is one for the hit list. Stacked with pulled pork shoulder, house-made barbecue sauce and slaw, this thing is what comfort food is made of.
The Merrywell | Merry Had A Lamb Sanga
Controversially taking out WA’s Best Steak Sandwich this year with their roast lamb sanga, The Merrywell is an obvious choice when the need for a seriously hearty sandwich hits. This is layers of grilled lamb rump steak, chipotle and fig relish, beetroot pickle, feta mayonnaise and pistachios on a special potato and roast onion bread. It comes out with a side of delicious sweet potato fries and the whole thing is an absolute bucket of flavour.
East Village | The Reuben
Named after the trendy NYC borough, East Village is packing all of the city’s favourite flavours into a menu full of pizza, burgers, hotdogs and wings—plus one of our new favourite Reuben Sandwiches going around. Seriously, this thing is stacked with thick-cut corned beef, lashings of pickle and sauerkraut, melting swiss cheese, coleslaw and their famous home-made dressing—and it’s insanely good.
Little Sister Delicatessan | Image credit: Elle Borgward