I stopped in for lunch in the much hyped Meat and Bread in Gastown (on Cambie off Hastings). It’s small spot, with a limited menu, but this is a case of “less is more”.
They typically have 4-5 sandwich offerings, plus one soup and potato salad.
I ordered the Porchetta with salsa verde. This is their signature sandwich, and their best seller.
It’s a split Calabrese roll filled with large chunks of tender roast pork, topped with cracklins and salsa verde. And a dollop of mustard on the side, served on a wooden board. That’s it. No butter, no mayo. No lettuce, tomatoes, etc. That’s okay, because it doesn’t need it.
The pork is still warm, tender and juicy. The cracklins provide that amazing salty crunch. The pork is already well seasoned, the salsa verde adds that little bit of oil and herbaceous hit.
I went well after the peak lunch rush, and it was still a full house (at least I didn’t have to wait in line).
I understand they’re going to open a second location in the financial district of downtown, which I’m looking forward to since it’s a lot closer to me 🙂
I’m tempted to try the meat ball sandwich next time.