I have to confess, when trying to come up with this post I was tempted to throw up the pictures and say “There was meat. There was bread. And it was GOOD!” Because honestly that would sum it all up right there but to be fair there is more of a back story to this review.
When we moved to Vancouver I started tweeting about our new adventures, that’s when the good people at Meat and Bread started to follow my tweets. Of course, I was curious as to who they were and clicked on over to their website. Turned out they were a small outfit located close to Vancouver’s Gastown that made nothing but sandwiches, and as I quickly gathered, just so happened to be the talk of the town.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I added their small restaurant to my must try list. But as the busy weeks went by, I still hadn’t managed to make my way over to Meat and Bread for a taste. That’s when I got word that they were going to be featured on an upcoming episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives – or Triple D as it’s known to fans of the show. Ultimately, the Husband and I decided to wait to see what the show had to say before trying Meat and Bread.
After the show aired, we were suitably impressed and so this afternoon we wandered over to Meat and Bread and joined the crowds clamouring for delicious pork goodness.
When we arrived the place was full yet manageable but by the time we left the line-up was way out the door and growing. If Meat and Bread was popular before they’re well on their way to cult like status after the Triple-D feature.
Inside we were greeted by a station where the sandwiches were assembled, a long counter where one pays, and one massively long table where you can eat. The space itself was designed to be urban, minimalist, and full of light. Honestly, I loved the whole feel of the place.
The menu was simple and to the point, it featured four sandwiches and a grand total of three sides. Sure there wasn’t a lot to choose from but who can really quibble with a place that does only a few things but does them outstandingly well.
The Husband and I both ordered the porchetta and looked on with sheer delight as the lady behind the counter sliced up the pork and placed it on a warm ciabatta bun.
On the side we also ordered one serving of their Thai vegetable soup and their potato salad.
Our grand total came out to $13/pp (we didn’t order drinks) and while I know some would quibble that it’s too much money for a sandwich lunch, in my opinion the meal was worth every penny.
The potato salad was the best potato salad I have ever eaten. Period. Unfortunately, the Thai soup was a tad too salty for my liking.
The pork itself was incredibly juicy and fresh. The bun was warm and the perfect consistency for the meaty filling. The salsa verde that the shop adds to the porchetta gives a light vegetable touch to the sandwich. The only disappointment was the fact that neither of us got any crackling; ultimately I feel like I didn’t get the true Meat and Bread experience since I couldn’t enjoy the mixture of textures inside the bun. But don’t you worry . . . I intend to remedy that on a future trip to the restaurant!
Which is my way of telling you that the Husbanad I were both very impressed with Meat and Bread. Despite a couple of very minor issues with our order, our experience was excellent. If you find yourself in Vancouver I completely recommend you check out this fantastic sandwich shop located conveniently close to downtown.
Question: What is your favourite sandwich? Despite my order today, I’m generally a turkey with lots of veggies kind of girl!