TEN BEST LONDON SANDWICHES
1 Op-La-Di steak bánh mì at Banhmi11 (Saturdays, Broadway Market, E8, banhmi11.com)
It doesn’t get better than this authentic version of the bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette) — fresh herbs, pickled carrot and daikon, and a choice of pork (they make their own pâté) or marinated tofu. Jamie Oliver rates them. From £2.50.
2 Bocadillo of tomatoes and Iberico ham at Fernandez & Wells (43 Lexington Street, W1F, 020 7734 1546, fernandezandwells.com)
A traditionally French stone baked baguette filled with 36-month cured Juan Domecq ham and plum tomatoes. Made to order, £7.50.
3 Grilled cheese sandwich at Kappacasein (Borough Market, SE11, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, kappacasein.com)
You have to be hungry to finish a whole one. But Kappacasein uses the finest cheddar in the finest bread, toasted until just on the cusp of burning. About £5.
4 The ultimate bacon sandwich at St John Bread and Wine (94-96 Commercial Street, E1, 020 7247 8172, stjohnbreadandwine.com).
The bacon is Gloucester Old Spot. The ketchup is homemade. The bread is white, soft and yielding. £5.60.
5 Fried cauliflower falafel wrap at Mr Falafel (Units T4-T5, New Shepherd’s Bush Market, W12)
Crisp, golden falafel balls, pickled cucumber, salty pickled turnip, crunchy shredded lettuce and parsley, white tahini and a slash of chilli, all wrapped in flatbread. £4 (medium).
6 Salt beef sandwich at Reuben’s
(79 Baker Street, W1U, 020 7486 0035, reubensrestaurant.co.uk)
Savour the pumpernickel, too. £7.95.
7 Sausage and mushroom baguette at Rive Gauche (20 Warren Street, W1, 020 7387 8232, caferivegauche.co.uk)
Comes with onions. Master Guy Gumption — allegedly the pioneer of the mini baguette in London — runs a little gem of a place where the sandwiches are inventive and the fillings are incredibly fresh. £3.70 (large).
8 Lamb Keema roti wrap at Delhi Grill (21 Chapel Market, N1, 020 7278 8100, delhigrill.com)
Flat bread wraps with homemade fillings and fresh chutneys sold at lunchtime from a cart outside the restaurant. A diverting meal under £3.
9 Roast beef sandwich at Birley Sandwiches (Cabot Place West, E14, 020 7512 9112, birleysandwiches.co.uk)
As soon as you’ve taken a bite you’ll understand what makes it so good. Generous portion of tender roast beef on proper bread — good hangover cure. £4.95.
10 Punjabi goat mooli at Mooli’s (50 Frith Street, W1D, 020 7494 9075, moolis.com)
Punjabi-spiced goat is soft, stewed meat mixed with lettuce, cucumber and tomato, plus pomegranate salsa, all presented in warm, chewy bread in a paper package — a really different taste and not messy. £5 (mini £3.50).