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One of our friends in Calgary told us that we must go get sandwiches at Meat & Bread if we have a chance. That day we were touring around Gastown so we decided to go to the Cambie St location. We went there right before lunch peak hour, but the store was already quite busy. Fortunately, it was pretty easy for the two of us to grab seats.
This place has a very simple menu. Everyday they serve 4 sandwiches: porchetta, meatball, grilled cheese and the daily special. In addition, you can order sides (daily soup and salad), drinks and desserts.
Their ordering process reminded me of eating at a school canteen. You tell the first server what sandwich you would like to order and pick it up, then tell the next server if you would like a bowl of salad/soup. Next, you tell the next person if you want to get any drinks. Then at last, you pay. The whole process is fast and efficient. We decided to go with the porchetta with salsa verde ($8), the turkey thigh (daily special, $9), and the tomato soup ($4).
The sandwiches were served with their housemade mustard. Both Kev and I were satisfied with our choices. The turkey thigh is served with leek and sage sauce, chicken thyme pate, pickled pear vinaigrette and red cabbage. The turkey thigh was tender and moist, which went very well with the thyme and crunchy red cabbage. It was like eating thanksgiving turkey in a sandwich! The porchetta was tasty and flavorful, especially the pork was very juicy. There were bits of fried pork skin in it that gave it a crunchy texture. The bread was warm, fresh and crispy. Yummy!
Kev really liked their tomato soup. The only complaint he had was that he wished there were more croutons in the soup! Haha.
Overall, I think Meat & Bread is a perfect sandwich store to grab lunch from. The sandwiches are reasonably priced, delicious and served efficiently.
Their other location on Pender St has a different menu. If you are a vegetarian or you would like to try other sandwiches, you should check out their other store!
My review: This place is like the Reese’s peanut butter cups. It’s perfect!