I would be surprised if you have not heard about or tried Meat & Bread in Vancouver, the hyped-up sandwich shop which stayed #1 on Urbanspoon’s Talk of the Town list since a long time ago.
Because I don’t get how sandwiches or hot dogs can be out of this world, I dislike most hyped-up restaurants. More often than not, I think these hyped-up places are meant to attract tourists and generate curiosity and traffic, instead of offering real good food like less known places that only locals know about. I was even more determined not to go especially after I heard from ex-coworkers that their sandwiches were not worth the hype.
I was very reluctant to try Meat & Bread until my classmate suggested to try it out before a final exam one day. So I agreed, only because I can blog about how I was right about the hype. (So
arrogant confident of my own opinions huh?)
Meat & Bread serves sandwiches, soup, salad, drinks and ice cream sandwiches. I think $8 is really expensive for a sandwich without any sides.
You eat at a communal table, like eating in a school cafeteria.
Porchetta (fatty, boneless Italian pork roast) sandwiches in the making
Porchetta sandwiches with mustard ($8)
For $8, There wasn’t a lot of meat in my sandwich. Actually, I think I was given less meat than my companion. I didn’t know what Porchetta was and I chose it because it was the most popular. I regretted the decision because I hate eating animal fat (bacon, pork belly and etc). Also, I was having a hard time eating the sandwich because the meat kept falling out of the sandwich. My experience wasn’t very good since I really dislike getting my hands messy. I would have wrapped the sandwich if they didn’t put the slab of mustard.
I didn’t like the mustard and salsa verde sauce because they tasted weird and the salsa was a bit sour. The only noticeable flavour of the sandwich was from the meat and fat, rather than from the sauce. I liked the piece of skin in the sandwich which added extra crunch. Although it was essentially fat, it didn’t taste that greasy compared to the fat from the porchetta.
Although I did not like the porchetta sandwich at all, I liked the crispy ciabatta bun. I wish other sandwiches shops can offer that as well.
I tasted a sip of my companion’s curiosity cola. It was not carbonated like regular cola so it tasted like cola that sat overnight.
The disadvantage of eating at a ‘specialized shop’ is the limited options. It’s really difficult to find something I can eat (and like) at Meat & Bread because I don’t like porchetta, I don’t eat hot chicken wings because of its spiciness, and I would not spend $8 for a meatball sandwich. I know they had lamb neck option before, but I wouldn’t want to come back again.
The verdict: Meat & Bread is not catered to someone picky like me, but I have lots of friends that love their sandwiches.
I love desserts but I don’t sugar coat my opinions. Thanks for reading my honest review about Meat & Bread!
- the ciabatta bun
- the sandwich
- limited options
- the hype
- the price
- the line-ups
Meat & Bread
370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
-by Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny