The city of Melbourne is somewhat of a sandwich aficionado's paradise. It is plain to see that the humble sanga has indeed come a long way since the fabled Earl of Sandwich requested that his evening meal of roast beef come between two slices of bread. Thankfully the Australian incarnation is no longer limited to soggy cheese and tomato or the eponymous Vegemite.
Melbourne is the perfect place to discover the endless possibilities of this lunchtime offering. That is, as long as you know where to begin your culinary quest. Navigating your way through the abundance of overpriced cafes specialising in generic focaccias, paninis and the like, is no mean feat. Just as patiently waiting in line with a bunch of stern-faced suits for another uninspiring baguette isn't exactly an afternoon well spent. Thus begins the search for Melbourne's best sandwiches.
For those who are yet to come across it, Husk is an exclusive clothing and homewares store largely favoured by affluent ladies who lunch. From buttery leather jackets to delicate jewellery and rainbow-hued Moroccan tea glasses, it is absolutely beautiful but unfortunately not exactly pocket friendly. While Husk may not be such an obvious choice for those of us with rather less disposable incomes, there is indeed sufficient reason to give it a visit.
That reason being largely due to the "Famous" Husk Chicken Sandwich, found at the store's self-titled cafe. Although this fame may be self-anointed, it is deservedly so, for this is one delicious sandwich. Finely poached chicken, seasoned liberally with sea salt and cracked black pepper, sits atop deli-fresh bread (your choice of either sourdough or multigrain) with lashings of avocado, mayo and rocket. While at $9.50 for a sandwich, it isn't exactly on the cheap side, but it is redeemed by an extremely generous serving size along with copious amounts of avocado. There are no stingy sandwich hands here. A rather simple affair it may be, but nothing beats a well-executed classic. So go ahead and treat yourself, sit back and relax amongst Husk's luxe Moroccan inspired décor. After all, that chicken sandwich is "famous" for a reason.