The best sandwiches in Sydney
There’s a good reason for the daily queue that snakes out of this family run sandwich shop. The list of fillings is one (the classic salad sandwich here has a whopping 14 different veggies including stringy caramelised carrots, red roma tomatoes, green beans and grilled eggplant) and the speciality options are the other (on our visit the two specials are named after the boys from Flight Facilities).
Order the: Chilli chicken on white
This warm lemongrass heavy Thai-style chicken is a top notch sandwich filling – the marinade on the chicken replaces a need for sauce, and white fluffy bread and lettuce pin things together nicely. Add a swipe of everything from the salad bar for $3 if you’re really hungry.
Most Sydney menus will state when they use Brickfields’ bread, and for good reason – the chewy, seed-laden slices are the perfect, tasty foundations for a good sandwich.
Order the: Bacon and kale
This sambo veers into breakfast territory with countless slices of crispy bacon, tangled with shreds of kale. The salad is seasoned with loads of mayo, breaking down the usually tough greens, making it an excellent slaw. We’re also huge fans of the mushroom, jalapeño and cheese toastie here too.
This tiny Curlewis street café is a well oiled machine and the foil wrapped sangers are the lunch time star. They also tap out great coffees too.
Order the: BLT
Choose between or white or brown bread here then get ready for your two-hand hunger-buster. The shreds of bacon are just crisp enough and piled high, contrasted with crunchy lettuce, creamy aioli and fresh toms.
This Surry Hills sambo spot is the sort of place that you wish was a stone’s throw from your office. A tenner will get you white or wholemeal bread, which is like school sandwich-style instead of anything fancy, but it really works.
Order the: Chicken schnitzel sandwich on brown bread
This classic combo combines crumbed chicken with extra carbs, with great results. The schnitty is juicy but not oily and has nice crisp edges. The savoury creamy mayo blends with just the right ratio of salad to bring you back from the brink of lunchtime overindulgence and the soft brown bread pins everything neatly in place.
This vegan café and delicatessen peddle plant-based takes on classic sandwiches, dairy-free sweet treats and solid coffee.
Order the: Join the Club
This vegan sambo piles up “chicken” schnitzel, “turkey” slices and “cheddar cheese”. If that feels like a few too many air quotes, we’re with you. After a chat with our waiter we find out the peppery turkey is made in house using seitan (also known as wheat gluten or wheat meat) and the schnitty is soy and potato-based, made by Fry’s Family Food. The vegan aioli really makes an argument for passing on its eggy counterpart – it adds creaminess and zest. The bright orange slices of cheddar boast a very similar consistency to a Kraft single while the avo, tomato and lettuce do what they do best. The only thing missing is a chutney or salsa to really make this a banger sanga, but we're not missing the meat.
This wine bar steps up their lunchtime game with a series of rotating sandwiches. Can’t decide or want to try two different sandwiches? Ask for half-and-half and you can make like Hannah Montana and get the best of both worlds. Also, unlike most sandwich shops in the area (which don't have seating) you'll find plenty of places to kick back and enjoy your lunch.
Order the: Go Getta Porchetta
Rounds of soft pork fill out this indulgent lunchtime banger sanger, with bits of sneaky crackling hiding in between the Brickfields bread. Bonus points for the side of crisps and the fact it comes wrapped and tied up like a gift – which is suitable considering it’s the perfect lunchtime treat for yourself.
This subterranean sandwich shop pumps out New York deli inspired sandwiches. Along with pastrami, Philly cheesesteak and Reuben sandwiches, you’ll also find coffee that comes served in blue and white Anthora paper cups.
Order the: Reuben
They corn the silverside in house here, resulting in a peppery, chunky beef filling. They nail the ratio of sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese too, so the sandwich is packed with flavour but holds without getting too messy. It’s also filling enough to keep you trooping on throughout the day but won’t leave you in need of a post-lunch nap.
The great café breakfast has earned us global cred on the morning meal front, so if you're up for a leisurely start to the day, treat yourself to one of Sydney's best breakfasts.