Subiaco's reputation for creating the perfect sandwich, conti, wrap or banh mi is rapidly rising, as Dianne Bortoletto discovers.
The humble sandwich finds its iteration in just about every cuisine for good reason.
It's the perfect portable meal - delicious fillings encased in slices of white, sourdough, wholemeal, wholegrain, seeded, rye, or spelt bread, or rolls, wraps, buns, pita bread, bagels, baguettes, croissants and more. In Subiaco, there’s take away, delivery and dine-in options inspired from our own backyard and far flung places, with a stack of choices from the simple to the exotic.
At Wholefood Circus, the vege brekky wrap with scrambled eggs, tomato, spinach, mushrooms and tomato chutney is a satisfying way to start the day. For lunch, try the Circus slow-cooked beef brisket rolls with apple slaw, Dijon mustard and rocket pesto.
At Café Café at Subiaco Square, a brekkie burger with bacon, two eggs, and barbeque sauce will get the day off to a good start and keep it going with a Turkish Panini for lunch.
Bulk food stockist, the Clean Food Store, make delicious eats from breakfast bagels, falafel wraps and the crowd favourite, a roast butternut pumpkin, zucchini, red capsicum, spinach, West Australian fetta and basil pesto on a poppyseed bagel.
For one of the best baguettes outside of France (if you know, you know), then head to the institution, Jean-Claude Patisserie. The classic La Parisienne ham and cheese is a winner every time, and as a bonus, you can skip the queue by ordering ahead online.
Another place that does one of the best baguettes outside of France (how lucky is Subi to have two of the best?) is Layers Bakery in Subiaco Square. Their sourdough baguettes come with classic fillings of chicken and avocado, ham and brie, tomato and parmesan, and continental. Everything is made in-house by the French baker-owner. From their new website you can order a mini sourdough baguette box for the office too.
If you can’t go past a Vietnamese bahn mi, then make sure you choose one that that contains all the elements – sweet pork, sour pickled carrots and daikon, fresh coriander, silky pate, special mayo all encased in a crunchy roll. Head to Tiny Saigon, which is also sold pre-made at Farmer Jacks, or Bun Mi at Subi Square (a big favourite with an unscientific online poll with Subi locals).
For a decadent take on an Italian sandwich, check out Accent Café’s crobun (a cross between a croissant and bun) with prosciutto, goat cheese, tomato and rocket and balsamic glaze. Mamma mia, che buona!
Gringos, Golden West Brewing Co do a delicious gluten-free Birria Quesadilla with eight-hour slow cooked beef brisket, burnt cheese, and pickled shallot, and while you’re there, you might as well have a cheeky pint. At lunch time on Wednesdays and Thursdays, grab a $15 meat roll - lamb and veal kofta roll with buttermilk slaw - or a vegie roll with spiced cauliflower and buttermilk slaw, encased in a Sorganic bun.
Sorganic sells several freshly made filled rolls, ready to go, but for something heartier, try the Manwich, a pulled pork Turkish roll with coleslaw, American cheese, house made relish and served with chips.
Put some ‘chew’ back into your Tuesday at Refuge Small Bar by wrapping your chops around their flame-grilled steak sambo – or a smoky pulled jackfruit. The substantial ciabatta is stuffed with mixed leaves, tomato, aioli and onion jam, and comes with fries on the side and a beer to wash it down.
For an authentic taste of Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Greece, then Mediterranean Taste has you covered and there’s an excellent $15 souvlaki and salad or chips lunch special, which includes a drink or coffee.
At El Peruvian Food Co
, the succulent El Chanchito confit and twice cooked pork belly burger includes sweet potato fries inside the potato bun, Peruvian slaw and aioli. From the grab-and-go fridge get your hands on the pan con pollo for lunch on the run.
Spice it up at 1982 Food + and Coffee with the Korean crispy fried chicken with mixed pickled vegetables, house-made Korean sweet chili sauce and coriander on a charcoal bao bun. There’s more, including a soft-shell crab burger with slaw, smoked chilli mayonnaise, sunny egg and bonito flakes.
Bagel lovers, your taste buds will transport you straight to the Big Apple once you’ve tried the New Yorker bagel with smoked pastrami, pickles, double cheese and mustard relish at the newest Subi café, Yours Truly on Hay Street. They also do a Reuben and toasties.
Little by name, but not when it comes to flavour is Little Rokeby Café’s pulled pork bagel with creamy coleslaw, cheddar cheese, apple chutney, barbeque sauce and chipotle mayonnaise.
If you’re running short of time, you can get a short, back and sides and a roll at Hid Lid Barbers, the home of Lid Espresso.
There’s a stack of sandwich options at Bark – classic, deluxe and vego conti rolls, chicken schnitty sandwich with lettuce and aioli, and the Reuben sandwich with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and seeded Russian dressing. On Fridays, there’s a rotation of specials including Bark’s famous cheeseburger, a slow cooked beef and gravy roll and tasty chicken subs. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard.
Hang out for Fridays for mouth-watering souvlaki with spit-roasted pork with hot chips, onion, tomato and garlicky tzatziki all wrapped in pita bread at the hidden espresso bar, Community Coffee Co. Find it behind Growth Realty on Barker Road.
Brew-Ha The Ritual’s window looks incredible ahead of the lunch rush, stacked with fresh salad rolls, chicken and avocado wraps, poppyseed bagels stuffed with smoked salmon, ham and cheese croissants, Reuben toasties and more.
Travel the world through sandwiches at Raisin Bakery, from the French-inspired ham, brie and chive butter on a semi sourdough baguette, to Greece for the squid ink baguette (yes, it’s black) with feta, creamy avocado and toasted almonds, or to Japan with Togarashi marinated chicken, edamame hummus and spinach.
All that Saturday morning grocery shopping (or just people watching) at Subi Farmers Market is enough to work up an appetite. Grab a delicious bratwurst straight from the barbie, an Aussie brekkie bacon and egg roll, a Mexican burrito, or go Greek with a slice of spanakopita, which technically isn’t a sandwich but the spinach and feta filling is wrapped in pastry, and it’s too delicious not to mention.