Monty’s Deli – Meshuggener

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How quickly they grow up… From the humble beginnings of what looked like a hangar by Maltby St Market, I’ve seen Monty’s Deli grow from ‘the little Deli that could’ to a full blown restaurant in Dalston. Not my first of their sandwiches, you see.

But has the move to hipster-London damaged it’s succulent, ridiculously massive meals of ginormous proportions? Not in the least. If anything, these sandwiches have gotten bigger and better.

Case in point, the Meshuggener: a smorgasbord consisting of salt beef, pastrami AND chopped liver. Yes, the three-meat trifecta. With the usual coleslaw and rye bread to boot. Boom. Nothing can prepare you for this tower of a sandwich. Which makes sense, since meshuggener means crazy in the old language of Yiddish.

All in nicer surroundings and blah blah. But who cares really. This is all about being a delicious Deli. And in that, Monty’s Deli is still London’s Deli king.

 

Slimy? Three meats with some measly rye bread to hold it? Good luck with that.

Satisfying? Like eating 7 meals in one. Try counting the calories of this monster.

 

Monty’s Deli
227-229 Hoxton St, London N1 5LG
http://www.montys-deli.com
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Harry Morgan’s – Pastrami Reuben

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I clearly have a Reuben problem. I can’t go to a deli style restaurant and order anything else. Like this time. It’s just part of who I am, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

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But who am I kidding? The Reuben is the mother of all sandwiches. A sandwich equally gross and glorious. A true champion of a pastrami tower, with melted cheese, sauerkraut and dressing, it’s just impossible to resist. Of course I couldn’t order anything else: it would be sacrilege to do so.

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Harry Morgan’s, a New York style Deli in St. Johns Wood, brings true honour to the legend of the Reuben. Their Pastrami Reuben is as huge as it is tasty, and comes with more fries than you’ll be able to handle after such a monstrosity.

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And so, I’m sure if I go again, I’ll just order the same damn thing once more. Because a Reuben is a Reuben. And it deserves respect and admiration. Specially when it’s done this well.

Slimy? A tower of meat in your palms. How can it NOT be filthy?

Satisfying? Glorious as a Reuben can be. Just glorious.

Harry Morgan’s
29-31 High St., London, NW8 7NH
http://www.harryms.co.uk/
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Hock n Roll – Plancha Chorizo Sarnie

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I’m not entirely sure what Hock n Roll is as an institution. Is it a food truck? A catering company? Are they usually in food markets? Do they know the meaning of life?

Hock n Roll chorizo sarnie london markets sandwich

I guess the main question is: is everything they do as succulent as this Plancha Chorizo Sarnie? It’s hard to get chorizo wrong, but it’s even harder to get it so right, and this sandwich is a delight, sporting delicious pork, salad, some “who knows what they put on my sandwich” sauces and voilà.

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Whatever Hock n Roll may be, I hope our paths cross again. I sure would like some more!

 

Slimy? Chorizo is a filthy word to begin with, so, of course it’s going to be messy.

Satisfying? Very rock and roll indeed!

 

Hock n Roll
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http://www.hocknroll.co.uk/
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Le Swine – Le Bacon Butty

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Another day, another quintessential British tradition. As much as the neighbours across the pond like to believe nobody does bacon like them, there just isn’t any other bacon infused item as satisfying and pleasure inducing as the famous bacon butty.

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Looks small. Appearances are deceiving…

A true warrior of a sandwich, it’s there when you need it the most: when you’re having a raging hangover, when you forgot to have dinner the night before, or simply when it’s time for something simple. And the one Le Swine puts out on their market truck is divine beyond your wildest imagination.

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Breaking the egg!

Take a bap (British word for sandwich), some gorgeous bacon and finish it off with a duck egg, and if you’re not crying tears of joy after the first bite then you probably just don’t enjoy life. Or you keep Kosher. One of the two.

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Look from the other side of the egg

So here’s a round of applause for Le Swine. For taking a classic, and making it withstand the test of time. Le Bacon Butty, ladies and gentlemen.

 

Slimy? When that egg breaks, you’ll know what slimy actually means

Satisfying? As British as they come and as delicious as they could possibly be made

 

Le Swine
Markets around London. Check on website
http://www.leswine.co.uk/
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Shoal Food - Fish Finger Sandwich maltby street market fried fish

Shoal Food – Fish Finger Sandwich

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Fish fingers are a treat. Everyone likes them. EVERYONE. From 3 year olds who don’t understand what a fish is (I was a very dumb child), to old fatties like me who can’t be bothered to cook fish to begin with.

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Don’t dare you touch those fingers!

So it’s always a treat when a stall like Shoal Food, whose pun-tastic name already commands attention, makes a pretty little sandwich with, you guessed it, fish fingers. Two perfectly fried Cod fingers, coupled with some butter made of peas (hey, it tastes good, so beat it), rocket, dressing and herbs tartar, make for one healthy sandwich.

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Way fancier than a Filet O Fish

And when you have a sandwich that a 3 year old would enjoy THAT INCLUDES something called pea butter, you know you’ve got a winner. Give peas a chance.

 

Slimy? It’s strange to eat fish fingers and not, you know, hold the fingers with your hands

Satisfying? As good for a toddler as for a foodie adult such as myself

 

Shoal Food
Maltby Street Market (check their Facebook)
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Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson burger cheeseburger soho food

Patty and Bun – Smokey Robinson

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By Odin’s beard! Did you hear? Patty & Bun have opened a new branch, now in glamorous (OK, NOT-so-glamorous) Soho! Rejoice, everyone, for one of the best burgers in London is officially EVERYWHERE!

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This one leaves a path of destruction

Now, that may have sounded like sarcasm, but trust me, it isn’t (maybe just a tiny bit). Their Ari Gold burger is an institution, so one would expect their other offerings to be reasonably good. They aren’t just good. They are excellent.

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Spewing its entrails

The Smokey Robinson, which happens to be even slimier than the Ari Gold, is an attack on all your burger senses. With its trademarked Smokey P&B Mayo and oodles of caramelised onions, this outstanding beauty of a burger will drip, ooze and leave a mark wherever your hands move. You’ll want to lick your hands for weeks after experiencing this winner of a hamburger.

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Pink means tasty. True story.

Is it good that Patty & Bun keeps expanding? If they keep it as tasty as it still is, we can only hope it does. I need walking distance Patty & Bun, pronto.

 

Slimy? Incredibly so. It’s just remarkably drippy. Where does it all ooze from!?

Satisfying? Every bite you take, every move you make, I’ll be eating you (you have to sing that)

 

Patty & Bun
18 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TN
http://pattyandbun.co.uk/
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Circus Bros - Spanish Tortilla Sandwich tortilla española chorizo queso manchego

Circus Bros – Spanish Tortilla “Sandwich”

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Food is awesome. In general. And when you find something awesome, you know what makes it even better? A sandwich. Make it a sandwich. Spanish tortillas (AKA Spanish omelets) are awesome. So of course someone is going to go ahead and make them a sandwich.

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Sandwiched in!

In an incredible achievement in food engineering not seen since the creation of the KFC Double Down (you don’t want to try that, trust me), the geniuses behind Berwick St. and Camden markets stall Circus Bros have taken two expertly made tortillas, and put ingredients between them. And the results are, predictably, glorious.

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A beautiful pairing

Asking the cook which one is the more popular one, he recommends the manchego cheese and chorizo one. Can’t be more Spanish than that, and fork and knife in hand (you probably don’t want to try to hold this one with your hands) I dug in. And wowza. Plus, they serve it with some garlic bread. Garlic bread rocks. Always.

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Now that’s awhat I call a midsection

Never will I look at tortillas the same way again. Or at sandwiches for that matter. Maybe this should become a trend. Replace buns with tortillas? I’m up for that to happen. Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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In for a closer look…

 

Slimy? A tortilla already has eggs and potato. Adding cheese and chorizo will not make it any cleaner

Satisfying? I could only imagine one of these with a burger in between tortillas… A man can dream!

 

Circus Bros
At Berwick St. and Camden markets (I tried Berwick)
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Smokestak - US Beef Brisket Bun smoked beef sandwich chillies london market

Smokestak – Beef Brisket Bun

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Beef is delicious. There’s no questioning that. Be it Argentinian steak, or just a juicy burger,  it’s great in all forms. I’ve made an effort to give strange vegetarian concoctions the chance they deserve on this site, but at the end of the day, it always comes down to meat, glorious meat.

And Smokestak excels in the art of serving meat. Though this is the second time I try their magnificent cuts (first one being 2015’s National Burger Day), it feels like a reunion. A very, very happy one. In a more permanent set up at Hawker House, it’s still the same no frills food market food,  which means it’s quick and cheaper than going to an all out BBQ place. But by no means worse!

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You’ll want to lick the paper afterwards

I got the Beef Brisket Bun, a sandwich which has chillies, sauce and stuff, all to glorify the most deliciously smoked US beef this side of the Atlantic. Full of flavour, tender as can be, full of joy.

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The softest bite to any sandwich I’ve had…

The blissful happiness didn’t last for long, as the queue to get another one was understandably huge. All’s fair in the quest for great beef. All for more of this beef, glorious beef.

 

Slimy? No amount of parchment paper can keep something this good contained

Satisfying? Beef, glorious beef. Enough said.

 

Smokestak
At Hawker House and other markets.
http://smokestak.co.uk/
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Liberty Cheesesteak Company – Philly Cheesesteak

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The United States of America. Land of the free and American dream. And what could be more freeing that being able to add anything to your food, no matter how disgusting it might sound at first.

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Squeeze for cheese

The Philly Cheesesteak is a bonafide classic. But there’s two camps where Philly Cheesesteaks go: the normal cheese camp, and the Cheese Whiz one. The one served by the US import gang from Liberty Cheesesteak Company is certainly the latter. They have a melting pot full of gooey, slightly orange and most certainly toxic (in a good way) Liberty Wiz, their own secret recipe. And it’s as fantastic as it sounds. Or, dare I say it, “liberating”.

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A very yellow SUBmarine!

Couple it with some deliciously cooked steak, some onions and mushrooms because, you know, veggies are healthy, and if you go for the whole sandwich, as I obviously did, you get one massive and addictive sandwich.

Feels good to be free, doesn’t it? And there certainly is no better freedom than the one that comes with oodles of melty cheese.

 

Slimy? Just look up what Cheese Whiz really is and judge for yourself.

Satisfying? The American cheese IS the American dream.

 

Liberty Cheesesteak Company
At Spitafields Market and other markets around London (check website for current location)
http://www.cheesesteaks.co.uk/
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Cubanos London – Cubano Sandwich

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It’s no secret that I’m a film lover. I’ve been to the cinema about 50 times this year (and counting… The new Star Wars isn’t out… yet). So it’s no surprise that I’ve seen Jon Favreau’s little indie called Chef, about a struggling chef in looks of reinventing himself.

What does he do? He opens a food truck in Miami, specializing in Cubano sandwiches. I’ve been to Miami before, and before this, I had never heard of these beautiful bread compositions. And so, I watched the film, getting hungrier and hungrier, in despair for not being able to try this glorious looking sandwich in London.

Look how it reflects on the foil. Mirrored perfection. Cubanos London - Cubano Sandwich

Look how it reflects on the foil. Mirrored perfection.

Until now, that is. Cubanos London is serving Cubanos at Brick Lane market on Sundays, and they’ve been well worth the wait. Two long pieces of bread, with mojo roasted pork, cola cooked ham, cheese, pickles and mustard, which are grilled together, create one heck of a powerful sandwich punch.

With no trips to Miami in sight (or Cuba for that matter, but I have no idea if there’s anything remotely cuban about this sandwich), this is as good a reenactment of the film as we’re going to get in London. Bonus points for the fact that it’s a damn fine sandwich to start a Sunday.

 

Slimy? The bread is glazed with… emmmhh… “something” before grilling, so yeah, it’s dirty good

Satisfying? Each bite as powerful as the one before, it’s worthy of Hollywood stardom

 

Cubanos London
Brick Lane Market on Sunday
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