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This Darlo sandwich shop is asking top Sydney chefs to create the perfect sambo

And selling their creations for just one week, each.


Having just opened before Sydney's progressive shutdown of cafés and restaurants, Mrs Palmer Sandwich barely had a chance to flex its sambo-making muscles before moving exclusively to takeaway service. But now, the Darlinghurst local sandwich shop – and sneaky Margarita bar out back – has scored a coup: it's inviting ten of Sydney's most illustrious chefs into its hole-in-the-wall kitchen and asking them to whip up the sambo of their dreams.

This week, Mrs Palmer Sandwich has invited Aria's Joel Bickford to create his own dream sandwich – and it's going to be a good one, with Bickford foraging for his own mushrooms in his hometown of Bowral for the occasion. He'll be using them to make a dry spice for the short-rib that will be the hero ingredient, along with a wombok slaw and fried shallots. Drool. 

Two weeks ago, Josh Raine, executive chef at the one and only Tetsuya’s, kicked off the initiative in truly epic style with his sansho-crusted Japanese fried chicken sanga, smothered in a seaweed-infused burnt-cheese béchamel, and layered with smoked English bacon and sake-pickled cucumber. Raine's masterpiece was originally only going to be on sale for a week, but they decided to extend its reign "by popular demand and death threats". While white tablecloths and fine china may have taken a bit of a back seat in Sydney's dining scene for now, but you can still get your gourmet foodie fix here – for just $16 a sandwich. 

Make sure to check in to Mrs Palmer's Instagram to keep up with the latest sandwich-making guests – Australian DJ Hayden James is slated to take part in coming weeks. You can grab your gourmet sandwich by pre-ordering here for pick-up, or drop in and say hey at their Darlinghurst outpost for takeaway. 

Mrs Palmer Sandwich, 81 Stanley St, Darlinghurst 2010. 0400 475 710. Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm.

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