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Matteo's Delicatessen panino
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The best sandwiches in Melbourne

These are the 22 best things between sliced bread

By Rushani Epa
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Ah, the sandwich. The most versatile food. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with one hand while you sit idle in a car, or even as you walk in between meetings. There's always a time and place for a sanga, and while scratch-sambos can hit the spot, we'll one up you with our guide to 22 of Melbourne's best sandwiches. 

You won't find bánh mì in this list as there are too many great places to mention, but you can find some of our picks here

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Meatball sub
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11. King William Takeaway

Delivery? Yes, for free but only for large groups within Melbourne's CBD via the website.

If you, like many, have binge-watched all six seasons of the Sopranos, then this is the sandwich joint for you. Free-range pork meatballs are coated in sugo and topped off with spinach, basil salsa verde and the holy Italian trinity of cheeses – provolone, scamorza and Parmigiano-Reggiano, all in a neat little sub.

Beatrix Bakery Oat Rolls
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12. Beatrix

Restaurants North Melbourne

Delivery? No, in-store pick up only.

Featuring an enticing array of cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts and scones, as well as ciabattas and sandwiches and coffee good enough to satisfy the fussiest of caffeine addicts, Beatrix is one of North Melbourne's hidden treasures - quite literally. You'll want to tune in on one of the days that it's offering Zoe's oat rolls with poached Milawa free-range chicken, mustard mayo, iceberg, cucumber and bacon. But beware – they sell out almost instantly.

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Toasted sandwich at Wildlife Bakery
Photograph: Graham Denholm

13. Wild Life Bakery

Restaurants Brunswick East

Delivery? No, in-store pick up only.

This is the place you go to for grand, hunking baguettes and sandwiches you hope will never end for lunch. Toasties arrive thick as a forehead and big as a face, yet achieve the all-important mission of properly melting the abundance of sweet and nutty Comté inside couched around sticky, worcestershire-rich onion. Meanwhile, old school salad sambos achieve new crush status when folded into chewy sourdough baguettes, lifted with the zip of pickled carrot and tempered with soft avo and roast beetroot.

Cochinita pibil torta.
Photograph: Tortas and Tacos

14. Frankie's Tortas and Tacos

Restaurants Mexican Collingwood

Delivery? No, in-store pick up only.

It’s time you got acquainted with tortas, otherwise known as hot Mexican sandwiches. Slow cooking is an arduous process which deserves all the recognition it can get, and this is definitely the case with the cochinita pibil torta by Frankie's Tortas and Tacos. Tender 24-hour slow roasted pork shoulder, melted Oaxaca cheese, pickled onion, lettuce and coriander come sandwiched in a toasted roll and warrants a stadium full of people clapping in its favour. There’s also  a pollo milanesa torta which comes with Milanese chicken (a lunch staple in many Mexican homes) and a mushroom torta for vegetarians.

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Chicken katsu sando.
Photograph: Papirica

15. Papirica

Restaurants Japanese Collingwood

Delivery? No, in-store pick up only.

Matsuda’s Deli is the latest temporary spin-off by the family at Papirica in Collingwood. Owner Yutaka “Matsu” Matsuda recently started baking fresh shokupan in his café and now serves up a variety of different Japanese sandos using the soft milk bread. The Matsu Sando comes with toasted slices of shokupan which hold together crispy, crumbed tonkatsu, caramelised onion, Papirica’s housemade sauce and cabbage coleslaw featuring housemade sesame mayonnaise and mustard. There’s also newly-added vegetarian options like the nasu (eggplant) sando and the tamago (egg) sando which are definitely worth a try, too.

Sandwhich at Napier Quarter
Photograph: Graham Denholm

16. Napier Quarter

Bars Restaurants Fitzroy

Delivery? No, in-store pick up only.

The team at Napier Quarter are serious about their sandwiches. So much so they launched a paninoteca, which upon hearing might conjure up images of people dancing around in rollerblades with paninis in hand. Though the paninoteca isn’t a place to rollerblade or dance, it’s certainly a place to get euphoric over bread. The pride and glory of Melbourne’s northside suburbs, Napier Quarter’s anchovy toast now comes in panino form sandwiched in Baker Bleu ciabatta with silky Dijon mayonnaise, boiled egg, salsa verde, and an Olasagasti anchovy. Not a fan of anchovies? Sink your teeth into the prosciutto, mozzarella and artichoke panino, or any of the other sandwiches which are available daily.

 

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Sandwiches at Alimentari
Photograph: Carmet Zammit

17. Alimentari

Shopping Grocers Fitzroy

Delivery? No, in-store pick up only.

Situated on Brunswick St, the OG Alimentari was established in 1998 and has been feeding the community Italian deli goods ever since. Head here for the fattest of ham sandwiches as well as huge glistening salads, cheeses and pastas and roast meats to take home. The ham sandwich in question comes on Baker Bleu's bread with double smoked Donati leg ham, provolone cheese, dijon mustard and cos lettuce. Looking for something meatier? Check out the beef on Baker Bleu bread with onion jam, rocket, tomato relish, tasty cheese.

Mitraillette.
Photograph: Entrecôte

18. Entrecôte

Restaurants South Yarra

Delivery? Yes, via UberEats

Entrecôte’s classy take on the mitraillette is worth knowing about. Slices of succulent grilled entrecote, frites, and a silky herb butter sauce come together in a crisp baguette. All that’s missing is a sunny park and your friends. There’s also a carved ham, gruyere and creamy Dijon mustard aioli number worth bragging about, and a more subtle tomato, goats cheese and basil baguette to try as well.

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Belles Hot Chicken Chicken Sandwich
Photograph: Bold Italic Media/Belles Hot Chicken

19. Belles Hot Chicken

Restaurants Fitzroy

Delivery? Yes, via UberEats and Deliveroo. This varies based on location.

Looking for a sandwich with a bit of a kick? Then Belles Hot Chicken’s southern-style chicken sandwich is for you. A fiery piece of deep fried chicken thigh fillet joins forces with double cheese, shaved onion, lettuce and chef McGlone’s special sauce on a soft milk bun, and comes with your choice of side and pickles. There’s also an equally succulent mushroom version for vegetarians. Or you can check out the return of their katsu sandwich which features panko crumbed chicken with tonkatsu sauce, shredded cabbage and creamy mayonnaise.

Tuna sandwich at Kelso’s Sandwich Shoppe
Photograph: Supplied

20. Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe

Restaurants Cafés Abbotsford

Delivery? Yes, via UberEats.

Kelso’s Sandwich Shoppe focuses on making ‘legit sandwiches, house-made pickles and damn fine coffee’. It’s a simple café with a retro feel, notably cheerful service and cheeky green pickle characters dotted about the shop. We know that tinned tuna divides people, but what sandwich list would this be without mention of a tuna melt? Kelso’s does a fine version: buttered dark rye is loaded with a super creamy tuna and mayonnaise blend while plenty of house-made pickle, red onions and parsley prevents things from being too fishy. And now it's available for you to enjoy at home.

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Picnic featuring charcuterie, salads, fruits, baguette, pasta and wine.
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