370 Cambie Street
T: 604 566 9003
Brief Description: Meat and Bread is a sandwich shop that quietly opened in Gastown (opposite Victory Square) last week and has since become the talk of the town with their offerings of tender roasted-meat sandwiches.
As the name suggests Meat and Bread’s specialty is meat-filled sandwiches: chewy ciabatta bread filled with warm carved-on-the-spot roasted meat. They have taken the approach of keeping the menu limited to ensure that the few items that they do offer are done well. The menu consists of only four sandwiches (three meat options and one grilled cheese), two soups and salad.
Some of the meat selections change daily but the porchetta sandwich seems to be a constant and has been receiving rave reviews (think succulent pieces of pork, punctuated with crispy pork rind and a tangy salsa verde and you’ll understand why). Extra flavour can be added with the accompanying dollops of delicious house-made mustard and hot-sauce.
The space is elegantly simple and is the perfect blend of femininity meets masculinity. Detailed wallpaper in soft colours can be found alongside an old-fashioned boxing bag. For those dining in, long, intricate wooden tables provide respite and a front row seat to stare longingly at the slabs of roasted meats.
Considering that it is only the first week service was on its best behaviour and was extremely attentive, thorough and friendly. I suppose that this is to be expected from owners who have worked in local dining favourites, such as Chambar, Feenie’s and La Brassiere.
Prices are fair – around $8 for a sandwich and around $4 to $5 for a side of soup or salad. Sure, some people are going to grumble that that is expensive “just for a sandwich” but how often do you get a warm sandwich made from roasted (not deli) meat that is being carved right in front of your eyes? Exactly. It’s worth the money.
Final Thoughts: I will definitely be popping back in to see how this place fares. If the first week and the line-ups are anything to go by, Meat and Bread is exactly what the carnivores of Gastown have been craving.