Bored of that squashed, tinfoil wrapped ham and cheese butty you take to work for lunch every day?
We’ve scoured the city to find out the best places to go next time you’re feeling a bit flush and you’re looking for something that’s as far-removed from the standard pre-pack as possible.
These are some serious sandwiches and are packed with the most luxurious ingredients imaginable – but they’ve got a hefty price tag to match…
Made using the most premium cut of beef you can get, from the most sought-after breed of cow in the world, this whole 5oz wagyu fillet steak sandwich suddenly doesn’t sound too steep when you compare it to Cottonopolis’ regular fillet on the menu, which costs £5 more for the same amount of beef!
The sandwich comes served with an absolutely outrageous burger sauce which is familiar enough but with that typical Japanese twist which fits Cottonopolis down to a tee. To be completely honest, I’d pay close to £25 for a bowl of that burger sauce itself!
These lobster sliders from La Bandera have a hefty price tag because second only to perhaps steak or solid gold, lobsters are one of the most expensive ingredients a chef can work with. La Bandera uses lobsters from Galicia which some say is the shellfish capital of the world.
The lobster tails are cooked with garlic, parsley, chilli and caramelised onions which add a certain boldness to the typically mild and delicate flavour of lobster.
This is then piled onto four jet-black squid ink brioche buns and served with Padron peppers, horseradish aioli and some delicious sweet potato chips on the side. It really is a fun, sophisticated Spanish spin on burger and chips – a comforting (expensive) classic for all of us, I’m sure.
The thing about the Pulguitas de Langosta is that it is more than just the ingredients too. Everything on the board is made in-house which means everything that goes into this sandwich is a real labour of love from the dedicated family-run restaurant.
This monster matches the butties with its £25 price tag, but this is a completely different animal altogether.
This house-cured pastrami is piled higher than the Empire State in between two slices of toasted rye bread. There’s 10-14 days’ work put into this sandwich where the pastrami is brined, rubbed, cured, smoked and steamed on site.
The guys at Eat New York spare no expense when it comes to the meat itself. They fly over USDA grain fed beef brisket for their pastrami from the states, which may seem like an unnecessary expense, but let me tell you, if they didn’t it wouldn’t have that amazing buttery succulent texture to the meat. It’s worth every penny.
So the meat is the best quality, the process is painstakingly time-consuming, but one of the most obvious things about this sandwich is the sheer size of the thing. You get A WHOLE POUND OF MEAT in this bad boy which means it could feed two or three people quite easily, or someone with a black hole for a stomach.
If you asked me two weeks ago if £25 was too much to pay for a sandwich I would have thought you were mental for even asking. But after eating £75 of stuff-between-bread I’ve got to say I can now fully appreciate the effort and ingredients that go into such sandwiches.
Cottonopolis and La Bandera both turn the sandwich on its head and make it something luxurious but at the same time shareable so the price tag seems much more reasonable when split between three or four people.
Gram for gram, however, you certainly get your money’s worth of meat with the Eat New York Reuben, although I can’t think of a single human who could manage that beast of a butty on their own.
The point is, just because it comes under the category of a ‘lowly’ sandwich doesn’t mean that it has to be cheap and cheerful.
Sandwiches are a blank canvas that everyone loves, and so chefs have free reign to play and create amazing things, although, at £25, these ones might just be a once a month treat for me!