Sandwich, bagel, pita, hot dog. Things in bread continue to win hearts across the state. Here’s where to get your fix for 2024.
To meet Western Australia’s ravenous appetite for things served in bread, sandwiches in WA have grown in number, from newcomers Bagel O’s to community stalwarts Deli’s Continental, who transformed the grassroots support for their award winning conti rolls into a thriving bricks and mortar storefront in Inglewood.
In the CBD, the Black Pig Deli founders are bringing their experience to lunch hour with Daxxi 140, serving deli-meat-packed baguettes and sauerkraut-packed Reubens. Office workers still flock to Joey Zaza’s for subs topped with Nonna’s secret Napoli sauce, and to Mr Sandwich and Mary Street Bakery for lunch-break staples taken up just another notch.
In Fremantle, the crisp chicken schnitzel on Peggy’s “Schnitty” sandwich still draws crowds while the chicken-skin tea sandwich at Goldbird Hot Chicken keeps the evening crew sated. In Willetton, Kalahari serves vetkoek, a deep-fried sandwich filled with mince, spices and chutney – a nostalgic taste of home for WA’s South African community.
The Re Store, meanwhile, remains the king of choose-your-own lunch rolls, while the humble toastie gets revitalised thanks to local South West produce, hot sauce and housemade pastrami at Gourmet Food Merchant. Shokupan fanatics still queue at Forklore for its chicken katsu sando, but newcomer Chubby Boy has the goods in that category as well. And don’t forget Falafel Omisi for pita packed with the good stuff. Elsewhere, it’s about diversity as much as enjoyment. Omnivores and vegetarians alike rave about Margaret River Bakery’s veggie rye featuring feta, roast pumpkin jam and rocket, while gluten-free diners rejoice at Drasko’s, where the mammoth signature sando can be made with a GF bun. Le Vietnam also offers a strong range of vegan and vegetarian bánh mì (vegan char siu ‘pork’ anyone?), allowing the joy of bánh mì to transcend all dietary requirements.