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In pictures: Salami Crackling at Fresh

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on February 13, 2012

Last week I was fortunate enough to try the latest addition to the specials board at Fresh Baguette – Salami crackling. Fresh is located in Royal Arcade Cardiff and at lunch time is hard to miss as customers line the arcade queuing to order. This is for good reason, the inviting smell and welcome atmosphere coupled with an impressive menu selection has generated a real cult following.


The Muffuletta

Posted in Features by thesandwichclub on March 18, 2011

After watching various food programmes and reading recipe books and blogs, there has been one sandwich that has cropped up on a number of occasions – The muffuletta.

It originated from the round Sicilian sesame bread and later developed in New Orleans into the sandwich we recognise today.

The traditional muffuletta starts off with a focaccia-type bread being sliced horizontally. The bread is covered with a healthy drizzle of olive oil, a marinated olive salad called ‘Giardiniera‘, meats such as capicola, salami, peperoni and ham, emmental or provolone cheese, and then cut into quarters.

Our take on the muffuletta was as follows:

Poppy seed bloomer

Olives stuffed with pimento

Artichoke hearts

Roasted peppers

Smoked Brunswick ham

3 types of german salami

Spanish Manchego cheese


Grated carrot


Salt & Pepper

Extra virgin olive oil


Firstly, slice the bread lengthways.

Drizzle with oil. We added chopped olives rather than the full on Giardiniera.

Add the ham and salami.

Layer the peppers, artichoke hearts and season. Then pile up the tomato, grated carrot and rocket.

Add the Manchego cheese and spread coleslaw and mustard

Next is to wrap in grease proof paper and compress down. We chose a full kettle as ballast.

This needs to be left for the flavours to infuse and the juices to soak up into the bread.

Slice into quarters and serve.


Fresh, Royal Arcade

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on February 3, 2011

Last year we took our first visit to Fresh in Royal Arcade.  Impressed by what it had to offer we thought it deserved an updated write up, so much so we’ve been there twice in nearly the same number of weeks.

Tucked away in a tiny space just along from Wally’s Deli. Fresh is consistently very very good, with the owners having a real passion for what they do. They specialise in baguettes (no sandwiches!) and also have a range of paninis, salads, cakes and drinks. The chalk board is crammed with a wide variety of staple fillings as well as some very intriguing  daily specials.

Lunchtimes will often mean a queue out the door and down the arcade but service is very good and you don’t have to wait long. Here’s a sample of what we’ve had from Fresh recently.

Salami, pastrami, caramalised onion, mustard, mayo and salad on brown baguette

Ham, chicken, dill pickles, gherkins, mustard on brown baguette

Friday special (28/01/2011): Asian pork balls panini with super special homemade chilli sauce!

We even got to sample the home made chilli sauce that comprised twelve ingredients whilst waiting for the paninis to toast:

The clubbers were pretty unanimous on the the fact that this was one of THE BEST fillings we have tasted. Fresh do it right, they are friendly, inventive and know what the customer wants. They are one of the best in Cardiff.

Follow Fresh on Twitter to keep up to date with the daily specials and whats going on:

Fresh Twitter


Price: 3

Taste: 4

Look: 4

Service: 4

Originality: 4

Total: 19/20

PiPi’s, Church Street, Cardiff

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on January 20, 2011

A good crowd was in attendance for the first full outing of 2011.  PiPi’s was the final destination after much in depth discussion on a suitable venue.

Greek cuisine is the order of the day with a fine selection of Greek cakes and savouries at the counter. Tucked away at the rear of the store is a fridge with a small selection of sandwich fillings.  A notice states that you can select up to 4 ingredients for a set price of £3.45 to eat in and £2.95 to take away.


The ingredients on offer are limited and out of the four attendees, I’m the only one to go for a sandwich! I chose salami, ham, olives and sun dried tomatoes on brown bread.

The other selections were as follows:

1x vegetarian penirili

2x spinach & ricotta slice

Here’s how it all rated, along with notable quote:

Vegetarian Penirli – feta, black olives and tomato.

“dough is amazing”

Spinach & Feta Slice

“hungry and it worked”

Ham, Salami, Olives, Sun dried Tomatoes, brown bread

“stiff meat”

Bundaberg ginger beer

Info on Australian Ginger Beer


“Delicious. Very sweet!”

Overall it was a slightly disappointing sandwich selection, but this isn’t really what they specialise in. Although reasonably priced, some of the sandwich ingredients weren’t the freshest. The big disappointment was that salad counted as one of the 4 choices of ingredients! It’s a bit like having to pay extra to have seats put in a car, surely a little bit of rocket or lettuce could have come ‘as standard’.

The spinach and feta slices were a bit bland with the balance of feta to spinach not right, even the pastry seemed undercooked at the bottom.

Despite being underwhelmed by the slices their pastries are on the whole pretty good. PiPi’s is probably a better place to go  and relax with a strong black coffee and one of their home made Greek pastries.


Price: 2.5

Taste: 2.5

Look: 2

Service: 3

Originality: 3

Total: 13/20

(Although not the greatest score for it’s sandwiches, PiPi’s must be one of the only outlet’s I’ve come across in Cardiff to sell such a wide selection of Greek pastries.)

Sandwich consultants

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on February 9, 2010

After the recent feature on Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, we were contacted by the owners with regard to helping them update their menu. So, it’s simple, send us your thoughts on what you think the teahouse should offer. Sandwiches, Panini’s, soups, bagels…you get the drift. Feel free to include as much detail as possible, even down to the type/brand of spread to use, if that’s how passionate you are about your suggestion.   Please leave your suggestions in the comments section or alternatively Email us.

As always, for your inspiration.

3 Meat, 2 Cheese, 1 Veg

Posted in News by thesandwichclub on December 26, 2009

Christmas Day, and after the customary lunch time feast the evening inevitably brings the potential for a nice sandwich.

This Clubbers Sister came up with a cracker (arf, arf!) so I thought it should be shared with the sandwich world. Here it is:

3 Meat, 2 Cheese, 1 Veg

Bacon, Turkey, Salami (peppered & plain), Philadelphia (full fat), Stilton, lettuce on white bread. Apologies for the quality of the photo.

The verdict: 08:04 am Boxing Day – still full!

Leave your comments of your favourite Christmas leftover sarnies, we’d love to know what your own creations have been.

Happy Christmas – tSC.