Normally, the latest trends or fads get their start in Downtown or Vancouver proper (or with some Asian stuff, Richmond) such as the ramen craze, gourmet burgers and cupcakes. With that, the 'burbs get shutout or at the very least get the trickle-down effect. However, often something gets lost in translation as we move further and further away from the source. Thankfully, this is not the case at Big Star Sandwich Company in New West. After drooling over the pictures of their sammies on the internet, I swung by to sample their wares.
I decided to go for 3 half-size sammies for $5.00 each (full size are $9.00). First, I tried the Roast Beef and Capocollo with provolone, lettuce, tomato and mustard first. The ample amount of roast beef was meaty and tender. It had a nice natural roasted flavour which was accented by the spiciness of the capocollo. Add in grainy mustard and the right amount of veggies, this was a hearty sandwich. Normally, I complain about the hard buns most other places use. Well not here. The bun was soft, substantial and fresh. It caressed all of the ingredients with every bite. My only suggestion would be to lightly toast them so that it doesn't get spongy from the wet ingredients. Next up was the Turkey, Bacon and Avocado with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayo and honey mustard. Although the turkey was on the drier side (as it tends to be), it was surrounded by a good amount of mayo, veggies and avocado to moisten things up. There was a generous amount of lean crispy bacon which added the necessary punch of flavour.
I also had an unnamed sandwich which we'll call The Royal. It consisted of roast beef, bacon, avocado, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli. This was a savoury and spicy sandwich that had the smoothness of avocado and saltiness from the bacon. I was only going to have a few bites, but I ended up finishing the whole thing. In fact, half a sandwich was already quite filling and at $5.00, I'd rather hit up Big Star than Subway or Quizno's.
- Quality ingredients
- Nice flavour combinations
- Soft bun (easy to eat)
- Interesting location, not enough walk-up traffic?
- Small place, mostly for take out (which works for most people)