Britain has punched way above its weight with inventions that have shaken the world. But for us, the earl of Sandwich’s radical idea of inserting a filling between two slices of bread makes him as much a British hero as George Stephenson, Alexander Graham Bell and Tim Berners Lee. And even today, some of the most exciting food coming out of London’s booming street food scene are various lip-smackingly seductive interpretations of the mighty sandwich. Here are five that we think the Earl would be rather proud of… not including the few on our own menu of course!
GRILL MY CHEESE
Cheese enthusiasts Nisha and Nishma love live and breath everything cheese… and can we just say they’re very good at it!
They use a mix of farmhouse cheddar, cow’s mozzarella and aged gruyère on organic sourdough to give that oh- so – satisfying grilled cheese. They have some really out of this world like rainbow cheese filling… yes you read that right… RAINBOW! You can also indulge in some good old pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese fillings
They opened Grill My Cheese in May 2013 and safe to say 4 years later we’re more than grateful!
Leather Lane Market , EC1N 7YH | Closest Station: Chancery Lane
LIBERTY CHEESESTEAK COMPANY
How often do you hear ‘You can’t get good cheesesteak in London’… well The Liberty Cheesesteak Company came along to prove how wrong the world was… no names (USA) ! How’s that for a bit of healthy competition?
They have a desirable authentic Philly-style (definitely no peppers) soft sub rolls filled with perfectly sliced rib eye and just enough of their secret Wiz cheese to compliment the whole lot.
They swear that “there are many who claim to make Philly Cheesesteaks, but only a relative few who actually do it right. Once you’ve tasted the real thing, you will never again be fooled”
Spitafields 6 Lamb St, E1 6EA | Closest Station: Liverpool Street
MORTY & BOB’S
Morty and Bob’s is a cute little plant filled spot that is often referred to as part cafe and part jungle. Amongst their carefully selected menu, they have these cheese toasties that seem to be highly requested!
When you’re there try the croque madame — a croque monsieur with a fried egg on top. It’s golden, with a coating of dangerously hot bubbling bechamel, and an inner layer of ham and cheese. the only downer id you have to really get in there with your knife and fork but can we just say it’s a very small prize to pay for the deliciousness you will be indulging in.
Second Floor, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL | Closest Station: London Fields
We’re sure the majority of you were just waiting for to stumble across this one on our hot list! And we don’t blame you – Beigel Bake is famous!
Most memories here will probable you standing outside at a very unsociable hour before or after a few drinks. They are literally the answer to that salty thing you need after having more than a few!
With plenty to choose from on their menu you’ll be more than happy, however the recommendation you will keep hearing is the salty beef; this comes carefully constructed with wedges of pickle and beef topped with mustard.
In case you didn’t get the memo, they’re open 24 hours a day which is pretty impressive considering they bake 2-3K beigels a week!
159 Brick Lane, E1 6SB | Closest Station: Shoreditch Highstreet
CHICK ‘N’ SOURS
So this one we in two minds about adding it to our hot list – simply because some people claim it’s a burger but it’s a sandwich and this is our list so….
The brunch sandwich at Chick ‘n’ Sours is golden and crispy and just a delight. Can we just point out that the fried chicken is a generous size and fried to perfection. I mean they’re so good at frying chicken – they even fry a whole chicken on Sundays… that’s a skill right there.
Ok, so back to the matter at hand – the sandwich comes with a piece of chicken of course with technicolour slaw and gochujang mayo (which is Korean fermented chilli paste) that makes the whole sandwich one that’s hard to DIY.
390 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA | Closest Station: Haggerston