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Friday, December 9, 2011

Meat & Bread

A friend took me to this place around springtime and I LOVED it. I couldn't blog about it then because my phone battery was dead. I was determined that I would come here again because it was is delicious and also to share with my readers.

Unfortunately I tried coming here on a Sunday and found out they were closed. So this time, I went on a Saturday. They were busy!

The name of this sandwich place is simple. It describes what they serve, Meat and Bread.

As soon as you enter, you see the employees chopping the skin of the pork. This crispy skin is added into their porchetta sandwich.

What is porchetta? Here's a quote from wiki:
Porchetta [porˈketːa] (or sometimes "porketta") is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition. The body of the pig is gutted, deboned, arranged carefully with layers of stuffing, meat, fat, and skin, then rolled, spitted, and roasted, traditionally over wood. Porchetta is usually heavily salted in addition to being stuffed with garlic, rosemary, fennel, or other herbs, often wild.

Sounds yummy, right?

Actually texture-wise, it's similar to Chinese Roasted Pork. In particular, the belly area and only from a skilled Chinese BBQer. There are many unskilled BBQer that result in poor roasted pork.

At Meat & Bread, there are a couple sandwich choices but the most popular and most ordered is the porchetta. Both times that I've been here, I've only had Porchetta and I think that it's what I'll get each time I come here.

Here's a close up of the porchetta being cut up. Not sure if you can see how juicy and moist the meat is.

Here's the prep/kitchen/serving counter area.

Our sandwiches are almost ready to go.

Our meal.

A close up of the sandwich.

Meat & Bread have soup or salads as sides. The soup seems to be daily specials and are very interesting flavours. I think that day they had Thai chili and coconut (something like that). I don't know if the salads change. I had quinoa salad. I love quinoa!!

The potato salad looks really good that each time I see others ordering it, I regret not getting it. Next time I'll try to order the potato salad. Hopefully I won't get tempted by their other sides

Look at how the meat looks. Just writing this post is making me hungry!! You can see pieces of crispy pork skin and the herb sauce they added when making the sandwich. I had to make sure every morsel of meat was eaten since I didn't want to waste anything. Also the mustard was very good. It was a great match to the sandwich. Wish they would give a little more mustard though. I had to scrape every last bit of mustard off the paper.

Here's a pic not related to their food. I just thought how they hung the toilet paper roll was pretty unique.

Final Thoughts:

I LOVE their sandwich here. The pork is so succulent, juicy and moist. The taste is perfect. The sides are just as good as the main part of the meal.

I focused so much on the meat, that I forgot to talk about the bread. The bread was equally as good. It had a crunchy crust that wasn't too hard. They lightly toast their bread before making them into sandwiches.

The staff are perfectionists. I noticed that one staff accidentally didn't slice the bread open evenly. He didn't use that bread for my sandwich and put it aside for other uses. The error was so minor but this person wanted to ensure the quality was there. How many places do that nowadays??

This place was featured in EnRoute magazine's food edition (EnRoute is Air Canada's flight magazine).

Anyways, a must try!!

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  1. Too bad it's a pork place. Any recommendations for kosher?

  2. They serve also turkey sandwich and grilled cheese. Saw lots of people who ordered turkey so must be good!