If you like the sound of crust pizza after reading my last review, you will definitely be craving a sandwich after reading this one. There is no greater place in Adelaide to enjoy a sandwich than at The Sandwich Bar and if you live or work nearby, watch out for the possible side-effects of a shrinking wallet and expanding waistline!
While of course you can order your ham, cheese and tomato sandwich here, this isn't why there is a queue out the door around midday every weekday (unfortunately, it isn't open on weekends). Behind the counter are containers filled with an array of fresh ingredients from meats to cheeses to salads that would be three times the size of what's on offer at Subway. Behind these is a board- the sandwich board. On here lists 20 top combinations to choose from yet you can include whatever you like in your sandwich.
The first decision is which bread. There are rolls, bagels, baguettes or sandwich loaves of bread in white, wholemeal, grainy, rye or Turkish. The next is the spread- butter, avocado, pesto, cream cheese or olive tapenade perhaps? Next is which protein- the meat, fish or chicken. There are all the varieties you could desire- salami, ham, tuna with mayonnaise, chicken breast, roast beef, turkey or smoked salmon. Then is my favourite part, the salads. There's the simple to the gourmet. Eggplant or pumpkin slices, capsicum, mushrooms, spinach, lettuce, tomato, sundried tomato, olives, carrot, onion, beetroot, cranberries. And don't forget the cheese from creamy brie to tasty cheddar.
What this amounts to is an enormous sandwich that will cost you $10-15 depending on how generous you want to be with your topping choices. I can only ever eat half so I save the other half for lunch the next day. It's quite amusing watching the jealous eyes and comments fly by when I munch away in the work staffroom. Unfortunately, I don't work or live anywhere near Unley but love these sandwiches so much that it's a drive I'm prepared to take on a weekday off.
The staff, although run off their feet during the lunch rush hour are attentive and familiar with the "board". They don't skimp on the quality or quantity of ingredients, ensuring you value for money. There are about six tables with chairs that you can sit inside or outside to enjoy your lunch or simply take away like many of the office staff. Make sure to pop in by 1pm. After then, the amount of salads available start to dwindle as staff prepare the food daily, in set quantities, in the morning.
Cafes like this come to be known through word of mouth- it was while a friend worked nearby that her work colleagues recommended it and she raved about it to me until I tried it. Who knew the humble sandwich could be so fulfilling?
Why? Forget your vegemite sandwich and step it up with a sandwich from The Sandwich Board. Choose from any possible ingredient you could want on your choice of bread, roll or bagel, cheeses, deli meats and salads.
When:Open from 7am weekdays. Get in by 1pm to ensure maximum choice of ingredients