North Street Store, Porchetta Roll
North Street Store might be one of Perth’s best worst kept secrets. This pumping weekend spot has not only some of the best baked goods in town (cinnamon rolls, anyone?), but they know how to make the most of a good thing. Enter, their porchetta roll. With their signature baguettes (crunchy on the outside, soft yet chewy on the inside), slow cooked pork belly rolled with rosemary, garlic, toasted fennel seed and chilli flakes, aioli and rocket, this sandwich almost makes me want to weep tears of joy.
16 North Street, Cottesloe
Mary Street Bakery, Steak Sandwich
For all the discussion about Mary Street’s great offerings – their doughnuts, their fried chicken pancakes, yadda yadda…I always wonder why the steak sandwich isn’t at the top of everyone’s lists? While there are nuances between locations, think along the lines of: steak (sliced, which is smart), caramelised onion, cheese, mayo, mojo sauce. The mojo sauce is really what has made this an enduring favourite – similar to a salsa verde, the mojo provides the perfect acidic, vegetal kick to balance out the toasted, olive oily bread, creamy mayo and meatiness of the steak.
Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Shop 1& 2, Empire Village, City Beach
507 Beaufort Street, Highgate
272 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Re Store, Conti Roll
Look, I know you don’t need me to tell you this. Perth locals feel strongly about the humble conti roll. Continental rolls are iconic, and you’ve gotta go straight to the source. If you’re a newbie, be prepared for a pretty hectic lunchtime rush – stay strong, it’s worth it.
231 Oxford Street, Leederville
72 Lake Street, Northbridge
Canteen Pizza, Porchetta Panini
It might seem like overkill to have two porchetta rolls on this list, but what can I say? When they’re this good, you just gotta do what you gotta do. Pork loin slow roasted with fennel, garlic and dried chillies, served with slaw and horseradish cream on, and this is the real kicker, a wood fired panini made from their 48 hour risen pizza dough. Absolute game changer.
110 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
Delisimmo Continental Deli, Conti Roll
Conti connoisseurs, this one needs to be next on your list. Vic Park deli Delisimmo has been pumping out some of the best continental rolls in Perth for ten years. While their signature rolls are sure to impress, I’ve got my eye on one of their spicy speziato rolls – check out their Facebook feed to see what’s new at the deli. Fair warning: don’t look on an empty stomach!
Swansea St Market, 176 Swansea Street, Victoria Park
Satchmo Cafe, the Satchmo
Satchmo is modern classic in the making with heaps of retro charm, and the same can be said for their signature bagel. Corned beef, roast tomato, gruyère, pickle and ranch, this bagel is saucy, melty, meaty, and has a perfect pickley, spicy kick. I can’t go past a side of crispy spuds, but whatever you order here is pretty much guaranteed to hit the spot.
1/400 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
Le Vietnam, Bánh Mì
Le Vietnam’s menu offers traditional bánh mì, as well as an ever-changing specials board – these special rolls may not be the most traditional, but boy are they great. (Purists may wish to stick to the conventional, but I am no purist.) Vegan fried chicken bánh mì? Lobster and prawn bánh mì? Who am I to say what’s wrong, when it tastes so, so right?
1/80 Barrack Street, Perth
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Sally is a designer, artist and fried chicken aficionado. When she’s not working, you can find her obsessing over her houseplants or at the movies. See some of her art here: www.instagram.com/