The Sandwich Clubbers have the “sandwich off!” As historic events go, this is MASSIVE – the first ever Sandwich Club Sandwich-Off! Essentially “Come dine with me”, but with sandwiches, and none of the annoying idiots usually thrown in as TV fodder. It was decided to test the abilities of The Sandwich Club members by gathering on a Friday evening in Cardiff to see who could come up with the best sandwich. Six Clubbers were given a maximum spend of £10 and two days preparation to research and come up with a sandwich to be presented, scored and consumed by the fellow clubbers.
A few rules applied:
1. A £10 budget for ingredients, receipts to be retained as proof (this excluded butter which came supplied if required)
2. The ingredients had to be assembled on the night
3. Elements that could not be easily put together on the night could be pre-prepared, such as cooking meats
The sandwiches were then voted for on taste, presentation, ingredients and originality.
Here are the results from 6 to 1:
6. Pastrami, Apple Salami, Lettuce and Piccalilli (and a healthy spreading of English mustard) on wholemeal bread
5. Mascarpone, Banana and Chocolate on the inside. Grilled white bread on the outside
4. Smoked Salmon, avocado and chilli on rye
3. Chicken curry, lettuce, tomato and raita on granary baguette
2. Parma Ham, Fig and Goats cheese on Donker bread
1. Wensleydale & Cranberry, Pecan and Maple Syrup filled-grilled-Brioche
Congratulations to the winner and a big thank to the host and everyone who took part. There are already plans for “Sandwich Off #2” and from the high benchmark set by #1 we are very much looking forward to the next Sandwich Off.
Cold, wet, sleep deprived, windswept, anxious – these are just some of the words that could be used to describe my current mental and physical state on this wintery Friday afternoon.
Lunch has beckoned and a short walk to Llandaff village is on the cards. Maybe not the wisest decision given the amount of stodgy leaves and puddles on the floor, but this clubber needs nicotine and a much needed 10 minutes out of the office!
The K2 Coffee House is a fair sized establishment on Llandaff high street. It has plenty of seating both inside and out, and on the menu is a plethora of homemade dishes such as lasagne, soups, jacket potatoes and of course sandwiches. There is also a wide selection of cakes – carrot, profiteroles, flapjacks, brownies etc, etc.
Today’s special is hot roast beef baguette with horseradish and salad (they obviously saw my sorry state walking up the road!). Service is quick; however this place can get very busy at times what with UWIC, the WJEC and the BBC all in close proximity.
The cook brought out my baguette, nicely wrapped in a bag, and I’m greeted with:
“Beef Baguette? You’re gonna enjoy that one mate!”
Obviously he is as confident in his abilities.
Back at the office, the smell and warmth is very welcoming given my current drenched state.
However, whilst there is nothing wrong with its execution, I’m in no way bowled over. The roast beef is thick and tasty, salad is crisp, but it’s a bit skimpy on the horseradish for my tastes.
Today, this was fairly standard fair and at £2.75 pretty average in price. However, they are capable of better, and their sandwiches are always tasty and overflowing with filling. In summary – a decent lunch break stop.
Score: 13/20 (Coincidentally it is Friday the 13th today, strange!!)
Thanks to the popularity of the blog, the sandwich club has begun production of flyers and badges. A limited run of t-shirts is currently being designed that will include sandwich recipes on the inside label. If you want to become part of the club feel free to get in contact. We are always interested in fresh ideas and new establishments.
Friday November 6, 2009 – The Sandwich Club and Sandwich Club Promotions presents the battle of the decade:
Sandwich Off 2009
A collective of obsessive’s will gather on location in Cardiff at early evening, to do battle in the arena of homemade sandwiches to find one true winner.
What will this person win? Sandwich Pride!!
Catch all the action on tSC TV from 7:30pm GMT. Highlights to be broadcast during the week.
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The city of Cardiff, home to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle, the worlds most vile street on a Saturday night (St Mary’s) and “The New York Deli”. Ignore the third homage point, but if the council are to promote some of Cardiff’s finer points, the NY deli is most certainly one of them. Granted it has nothing to do with the heritage of Cardiff or Wales, but the fact that it’s here is good enough.
Like many of the world’s major cities that have China Towns and Little Italy’s, Cardiff has its very own mini New York in the confines of the Deli located in High Street Arcade. The days of the first shop are long gone but not forgotten. Jolt Cola, (which is now sadly banned in this country for its horrific levels of caffeine) some toasted rye bread and USA today, perched on a wooden bench staring across at Air Circus contemplating whether I should buy a yoyo or new skates is still fresh in my mind.
At the current shop, the counter is home to some of America’s finest ingredients for sandwich making. Pastrami, Salt Beef, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and gherkins with a feast of confectionary delights perched on the top of the counter. I always stare at the brownies but opt for the Carrot Cake.
This week the clubbers came in force, a four strong squad, each member ready for sandwich eating war, with talks of hoagies, grinders, clubs and cakes. This time, an order of 2 Reuben’s, a meatball grinder and a pastrami and Swiss cheese hoagie was made.
The Reuben at the New York Deli consists of Pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, gherkins and Thousand Island dressing. A huge sandwich is presented, with the colours alone scoring the sandwich highly, buts it’s the explosion of flavour that this sandwich delivers which gives it full marks. Meaty and fresh, a light sour taste is delivered by the gherkins that sit between the Thousand Island and coleslaw combination. This is a seriously good sandwich!
The meatball grinder, warmed in foil is a messy affair but the clubber remained silent throughout his consumption and finally stated “Amazing! But now I have to clean my face”. Be warned, meatball grinders come with plenty of sauce so extra napkins will be needed.
The hoagie is a food marathon. An enormous submarine roll is piled with food that requires you to pick out filling before being able to close it into any form of holding sandwich. Our tip is to get a fork, eat half the contents alone, then fold the roll with the remaining filling inside and eat! The pictures say it all.
Price: 3 /4
Look: 4 /4
The Sandwich Club took time out to explore the delights of Cowbridge Food Festival. The venison burgers were very tasty, and is a really healthy meat. One clubber went for the lamb burger but was slightly disappointed. Wessex Pantry was a highlight. We tried their mini game pie and pork pies. Here are some snaps of the day:
Personally, I find pickled eggs look a bit evil:
And of course many a good real ale was consumed. Chocs Away was very good with a hint of chocolate to it:
Let us know if you went too!