The sandwich is a simple thing really. Meat & bread. Or for vegetarians, veggies and bread. So for something that we can easily make at home, what is the rationale behind going out to buy one? Convenience is definitely a factor. That's why Subway is so popular. But don't even get me started on Subway... Other than that, I think an establishment that specializes solely on sandwiches better made a damn good one. There has to be something special about it, especially when we have to shell out close to $10.00 for one. Off the top of my head, Finch's definitely hits the mark in that respect. Located not too far from Finch's comes the new kid on the block. Meat & Bread serves up only 4 choices of sandwiches from the Grilled Cheese at $6.00 to the Porcetta at $8.00. Right on the fringe of the Downtown Eastside, Meat & Bread attempts to be something different while at the same time providing something familiar.
Pomegranate and I were somewhat nearby and decided to grab a few sandwiches. We weren't really hungry and in fact, were scheduled to eat dinner in about 2 hours. But whatever, we'll take a few bites and save it for a snack later. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, they ran out of chicken sandwiches. Hence, Pomegranate went for his backup plan in the Meatball Sandwich. More like a sloppy joe than meatball, it was freakin' delicious. Lots of tender, crumbly well-seasoned meat mixed in with a spicy tomato sauce, gremolata and parm on a fresh ciabatta bun made for a messy; yet delicious sandwich. For me, I was here for only one thing - the Porcetta. Sinfully fatty with cracklings that provide both texture and taste, this is a work of art. Slow-roasted and hand-carved to order with a dollop of salsa verde, I didn't only want to take one bite or even two. It took strength on a Herculanian level to stop eating. Try stopping midway during sex and you'll understand the pain I suffered. Alas, I still had dinner to eat and I could not continue biting into the soft ciabatta and tender fatty pork still glistening in its own juices. So good, so simple, no need for anything else. With prices that some food carts are charging these days, I'd take the sandwiches from Meat & Bread any day (well, except for Re-Up).
- Quality ingredients = good sandwich
- Cool, minimalistic dining space
- Sandwiches are on the smaller side (but fair for the price)
- Not really a bad, but I wish it were open later than 5:00pm