THE fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, is credited with the invention of the sandwich.
John, legend has it, was quite the punter, and didn’t like to be distracted from his game of cards by such trivial things as eating.
So he would have his servants put meat between two slices of bread so he didn’t have to leave the table.
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But John, bless him, only did half the job. It took the Duchess of Toast to finish it off.
The toasted sandwich is where it’s really at, and in recent times the format has been elevated to high art.
Perth is crawling with quality toasted sandwiches, and last year a local toasted sandwich specialist was voted Australia’s third-best place to eat.
So where do you have to go for our city’s best toasted sandwich? Read on…
10. May Street Larder, Shop 23, 155 Canning Highway, East Fremantle
So … we’re starting with a controversial one – the May Street Larder’s ‘Soul Sandwich’ isn’t technically a toasted sandwich, because it uses waffles in place of bread. But after running it past the judges, who deemed waffles are made from “leavened batter or dough” we’ve allowed this past security. With buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, smoked sour cream, chilli maple syrup and jalapenos – trust us, one bite and you won’t care.
9. Puma Roadhouse, 715 Pinjarra Road, Barragup
We challenge you to come up with a greater hangover cure between Pinjarra and Mandurah than the chicken, cheese and mayo toastie on offer at the Puma Roadhouse in Barragup. Roadhouse management confirmed to communitynews.com.au that the toastie was incredibly popular, and was surely a must-have item on your next gourmet tour of the Peel region.
8. Market & Co, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood
Crown Perth’s casual dining option, Market &Co does a New York Reuben that has to be tasted to be believed. With corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing, this is one toasted sandwich that will blow your mind.
7. Flo Espresso, 15 Aberdeen Street, Perth
Flo does delicious pulled pork and kimchi toasties, but for us the real pièce de résistance is the scrumptious kimchi chicken and cheese sandwich. Cue the drool.
6. Peppermint Green Cafe, 7 Delage Street, Joondalup
Head north for Peppermint Green’s bacon, guacamole, tortilla chips and cheddar toasted sandwich. You will not be disappointed.
5. Sip ‘N’ Tuck, 19a Beechboro Road South, Bayswater
Sip ‘N’ Tuck does awesome, classic ham and cheese toasties. Lots of cheese, white bread, buttered on the outside, toasted golden brown. Perfect for a pre-work brekkie on the go, or a hangover cure the day after the night before.
4. Silver Coast Bakery, 8 Rock Way, Lancelin
Lancelin’s finest, the Silver Coast Bakery has a terrific reputation with locals and tourists alike. The takeaway toasted sandwiches are down-home classics and whatever you choose, you won’t go wrong.
3. The Toastie Queen Food Truck, corner of Midland Rd and Ridgehill Rd, Maida Vale
All hail the Toastie Queen, who can usually be found in Maida Vale but does get around a bit in her toastie-making mobile. The lamb’n’jam toastie with balsamic glaze (pictured) – well, let’s just say if you have one you’ll be back for another.
2. Livingstone’s Urban Jungle, Perth Cultural Centre
Livingstone’s makes its, uh, living from toasted sandwiches and bagels – you can tell. Every one is sheer quality, from the Brick Lane (corned beef slathered in hot English mustard) to the Mac Daddy (with home made macaroni and cheese and a crusted parmesan top) – but for us you simply can’t top the Slam ‘n Cheese: ham, seeded mustard, bechamel and gruyere.
1. Toastface Grillah, corner of Wellington and Barrack Streets, Perth
A no brainer, really, after Toastface was last year voted Australia’s third-best place to eat by online review site Yelp. Who are we to argue – the toasted sandwiches and dessert slices are simply to die for, and they get it right every time. As Tina Turner said (whatever you do, don’t name check Tina in front of the cool kids in there – you’ll date yourself severely) – simply the best.