Writer Kellie Erm breaks bread in Notting Hill at the newly-opened Secret Sandwich Shop
Based on the Japanese ‘Wanpaku sandwiches’, these Instagram-perfect treats are a delectable modern twist on the classic sandos.
They are filled to the brim with all kinds of deli meats, cheeses, vegetables, and pickles all being lovingly held together by bread sourced from Tokyo Milk Loaves, who have recently been voted top in the World Bread Awards, so you know you can’t really go wrong.
Ok, I’ll let the cat out of the bag – it’s not that secret, although it was a little hard to find it for someone who doesn’t frequent Notting Hill that often (read: ever). It’s tucked inside the community venue, The Globe, with only a couple of booths to enjoy your sarnie in situ. If you’re lucky with the weather I would suggest you grab it to-go and sit on a nice bench observing the bargain-hungry shoppers on their way to Portobello Road.
With eight sandwiches to choose from, I’ll admit it was very difficult to make a decision as one sounded as good as the other, however after a lot of deliberation (and spending 1 hour on the way there looking at every Instagram picture they were tagged in, and memorising the menu online), we felt comfortable with our choices.
We opted for the British classic – the Egg Salad Sandwich, with a beautifully golden yolk adorning the middle, like the summer sun London has never seen; and the 7th Avenue, their take on the American Reuben, packed with swiss cheese, pastrami, sauerkraut, crispy shallots, pickles among other things. You can also add extras, such as a fried egg, or jalapeños, although I don’t really know where they would fit them, as they’re already a bit overwhelming.
The Wordrobe Verdict
If you’re in the area, definitely stop by and share a sandwich, as the monsters are big and almost don’t fit in your mouth. Probably not one for a first date, unless you want mustard and Kewpie mayonnaise all over your face, or your date is a self-proclaimed influencer.
Words by Kellie Erm