10 New Sandwich Places Perfect for a Quick Meal
Whether it's a dainty snack or a hefty smorgasbord, we just can't have too many sandwiches.
(SPOT.ph) Whether it's for a snack or a meal, sandwiches are always reliable and easy solutions to tide you over when you're hungry. Because of its versatility and convenience, the sandwich constantly evolves and we've graduated from humble pan de sal buns with cheese during recess, to Cubanos that make us feel like we're in a movie.
Jeff Mauro of Food Network's Sandwich King describes sandwiches as "stuff in between stuff," saying that even wraps could be considered. We're sticking to a more straightforward definition for this list, though. So, if you're thinking of treating yourself to a sandwich, why not try some of Manila's new and new-ish sammie shops.
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If watching Jon Favreau’s 2014 Chef film made you crave Cubanos, you'll find ones that will satisfy your expectations at a little sandwich shop in Legazpi Village. Pepi Cubano used to be a grab-and-go hole-in-the-wall and bazaar favorite till the good owners decided to make it more accessible by opening a half-restaurant, half take-out shop.
Must-tries: The Cubano (P250), Pan de Lechon (P250)
Pepi Cubano is at Unit 7, G/F Tropical Palms Condominium, Dela Rosa Street corner Gallardo Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Read more about Pepi Cubano.
In a city that's in love with burgers, Alley stands out for their love affair with sandwiches. This slightly hidden eatery might be right up your alley (no pun intended!) if you're looking to deal with serious sandwich business. Their sammies are plays on favorite flavors and the ingredients are all made from scratch, from the freshly baked bread down to the custom sauces. Sandwiches are such a big deal here that they even make each type of bread unique to match the filling.
Must-tries: Reuben (P319), B.E.C. (P259), Grilled Cheese Pimiento (P249)
Alley is at Retail Row, The Grove by Rockwell, 117 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Pasig City. Read more about Alley.
Bread and Botany
Their fried chicken might have started a love affair, but the real stars of this tiny Aguirre restaurant are their sandwiches. Bread and Botany’s sandwich menu offers a list of familiar flavors all executed with surprising twists, freshly prepared, and artfully presented. Their recipes lean towards Asian flavors and they've even upgraded a popular sandwich from a fast-food chain!
Must-tries: Mr. McEgg (P220), Tori Sando (P230)
Bread and Botany is at 2/F The Prime Building, 115 Aguirre Avenue, Parañaque City. Read more about Bread and Botany.
This Southern gem will fill the void in your tummy when Elbert's Cheesesteaks shut down in 2014. It's still essentially the same thing, but with a little more. The sandwiches and burgers at this gourmet shop might be hefty, but you’ll soon be guiltlessly devouring them because, well, that's always the effect of any Elbert's establishment.
Must-tries: Classic American Cheesesteak (P320), Classic Steak sandwich (P290), Classic Provolone Cheesesteak (P390)
Elbert’s Sandwiches is at G/F Commercenter, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Elbert’s Sandwiches.
Mr. Graham's Sandwich Shop
Chris Graham presents a good argument against sandwiches being simply snacks. His sandwiches are big, hefty, and as stuffed as you will feel after you finish your plate (complete with chips and side dishes). The menu is short and sweet, but they're burly versions of classic sandwiches. It's hard to pick a favorite so go by mood. One thing's for sure: You have to wash down your meal with some apple pie soda.
Must-tries: The Cebuano (P290 to P390), Four Cheese? Yes Please! (P250)
Mr. Graham’s is at 51D Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City. Read more about Mr. Graham’s.
Bun Appetit has been making a name for themselves in the culinary scene since 2014 and here’s why: husband-and-wife team Lawrence and Iya Cua let their crab, shrimps, and lobsters do the talking. Their fillings are seasoned with only a dash of salt and pepper and a bit of mayo. From there, it's all super seafood flavor.
Must-tries: Shrimp Roll (P295), Lobster Roll (P595), Crab Roll (P395)
Bun Appetit is at Saturday Salcedo Market, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Contact Bun Appetit at 0947-890-8010. Read more about Bun Appetit.
This newly opened sandwich shop is from the same folks behind Hole in The Wall, Wrong Ramen, and Le Petit Souffle. Sure, this restaurant also peddles garlic noodles and ham dumplings, but their shining star is a fried chicken sandwich, which comes not only with a piece of boneless chicken, but also with some chicken skin! Think of it a sandwich version of Bad Bird's famous chicken. You can choose your heat level from Normal, Spicy, and Chemical. It comes with either garlic or spicy fries.
Must-try: Crispy Chicken Sandwich (P295)
FowlBread is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Bonbanhmi is one of those restaurants that everybody knows about but no one ever talks about (except for a select few). It offers popular Vietnamese street-food sandwiches that are both healthy and delicious. Everything is authentic, from their baked baguettes to their cilantro-heavy flavors. Their menu is stellar and reasonably priced, their sandwiches are enormous and satisfying. We won't blame you if you want to come back and experience this type of Vietnamese love again and again.
Must-tries: Traditional Banh Mi (P79 to P99), Grilled Beef Banh Mi (P79 to P99)
Bonbanhmi has branches at 8390 Mayapis Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City; and 12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City.
Ba Noi's CaPhe
Everyone knows that Ba Noi's is a handy place for Vietnamese classics, like pho and goi cuon (those are your favorite fresh spring rolls, by the way), but this homey chain has some of the best baguettes in the business. (Here's a secret—they even supply to some French restaurants!) In 2015, some branches were re-launched as CaPhe, which specialized in more leisurely dining that included a stellar banh mi menu. These Vietnamese sandwiches are crisp and bursting with intensely flavored filling. Even the tofu is amazing!
Must-tries: Bo Luc Lac (P350), Dau Hu Xa Ot (P140)
Nikko's Baking Studio
Stepping into Nikko’s Baking Studio is like entering someone's gorgeous, rustic courtyard. The place reminds you of summer outings and garden parties. Chef Nikko Buendia designed her menu around the things she personally enjoys eating with family. Sandwiches are only a small part of her homey menu, but if her Choriburger is any indication, then you know she does great things with bread.
Must-tries: Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich (P290), Adobo White Sandwich with Kesong Puti (P260), Adobo Red (P260)
Nikko’s Baking Studio is at 59-A Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Read more about Nikko’s Baking Studio.