17 Nov Bowery to Williamsburg, Melbourne CBD
Bowery to Williamsburg can be a little hard to find because of its downplayed shopfront, but it still becomes quite busy at lunchtime as it fills up with people who know where to get a good sandwich. This New York-inspired eatery, styled after a subway station, is by the same team who brought us the venerable Hardware Societe. There isn’t a whole lot of seating, most of which is communal, but fortunately they do takeaway too.
All sandwiches are priced at $13 and for an extra $4 they’ll add a side, a pickle and a handful of pretzels. Coffee beans are from Padre and bagels are baked by 5 & Dime. If you’re not in a sandwich mood at lunchtime they also have salads and desserts.
The Hot Smoked Salmon with cucumber, caviar schmear, baby endive and grilled asparagus on whole wheat bread was a light and somewhat refreshing sandwich (at least compared to the Reuben). I particularly loved the fat, sweet, juicy and tender asparagus.
The Reuben was absolutely packed with pastrami. Whilst I was able to pick up the smoked salmon sandwich to eat, the Reuben required the use of a knife and fork for fear of dislocating my jaw. It also contained sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on rye bread and topped with a pickle. Though there was a lot of meat, there was also enough sauerkraut to balance it out and enough cheese and dressing to tie it together without making a complete mess of the sandwich.
With such a big range of sandwiches to try, there’s always something new to return for. Keep an eye out for their specials menu too.