Best sandwiches in town

Some days all you need is something between bread.

Last updated 05:00 06/03/2015
Doug Richardson

WINNING SAMMY: The vegetarian dagwood at Bakermans, Fendalton Mall, was a cut above the rest.

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Our pick: Vegetarian dagwood at Bakermans, Fendalton Mall

4.5 stars

Even though we were late arrivals, this bustling cafe had the best range of filled and club sandwiches and even that old retro favourite, the asparagus roll. The well-named sandwich we chose was made with wholegrain bread and chock full of crunchy fresh salad ingredients, plus cottage cheese, beetroot and even egg. It was a cornucopia of flavours and left our taster feeling satiated until dinner time. Pity there was no room for the eccles cake and apple crumble.

Bread 4 stars

Filling 5 stars

Value 4 stars


Egg and cucumber sandwich at Therapy Cafe, 77 Hereford St, central city

3.5 stars

There were a few grab-and-go options on offer in the cabinet, but it was a traditional, no-nonsense egg sandwich with wholemeal bread that was the ticket. The bread was fresh, chunky and full of seeds, and the filling was equally as thick and spread right to the edges. The generous addition of some crunchy cucumber added some much needed texture and freshness, and harked back to picnics in the park. A little seasoning and it would have been just right.

Bread 3.5 stars

Filling 3 stars

Value 4.5 stars


Cheese, red onion and relish sandwich, Opawa Cafe, 7/124 Opawa Rd.

4 stars

Tucked away in Opawa Mall, this gem of a cafe stocks a few sandwiches among its cabinet offerings. The wholegrain bread of this giant cheese and onion sandwich is made on the premises, so that's a great start. The cheese is a mozzarella combo, the tart relish is Cerebos and the red onion offers a warm sharpness. We enjoyed the cheerful, down-to-earth service and the neighbourly vibe. Better still, have this sandwich toasted, as its maker intended, for tasty, melted goodness.

Bread 4 stars

Filling 3.5 stars

Value 4 stars


Bacon, tomato relish and lettuce sandwich at Reality Bites, 245A Sawyers Arms Rd, Bishopdale.

4 stars

At the bottom of the cabinet, this sandwich's colourful filling caught our eye. The streaky bacon was generous, as was the coating of tangy tomato relish, which set it apart from a homemade sandwich. A good dose of lettuce, tomato and a thin layer of mayonnaise gave the whole sandwich a fresh hit. Grainy wholemeal bread finished it off well and was the right thickness to offset a punchy filling.

Bread 4 stars

Filling 4 stars

Value 4 stars


Bacon and egg sandwich at Perry's Cafe, 145 Madras St, central city

3.5 stars

Located near CPIT, this cafe has plenty of good-value sammies from which to choose. One of the no-frills breakfast kinds was stuffed with bacon and fried eggs. The bacon was well-cooked and had patches of crunch, just as we like it, while the eggs' yolks were just right and the whites had a delicious crispiness. The brown bread was fresh, but nothing fancy, and the whole thing could have used a dose of tomato sauce, just as we would have added at home.

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Bread 3 stars

Filling 3.5 stars

Value 4 stars



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