We get it. Life’s hard enough, with all the stress and discord in the world… but what will always bring us together? Sandwiches, of course. We reckon these sandwiches are the best thing since sliced bread.
Having snuck in at the tail end of 2020, the impact of Deli’s Continental is just impossible to ignore. Emerging alongside m.coffee (the espresso bar adjoining one of our favourite pizza spots, Rossonero, no less), we took to Deli’s conti rolls with a fervour that was, frankly, alarming. Soon to be gaining a new bricks-and-mortar shop of their own in Inglewood, make sure you get there early to try it for yourself, as they sell out quickly – we reckon we might have a new institution on (and in?) our hands.
18 Lyric Lane, Maylands
Oh So Deli
If you’re into sandwiches, boy oh boy, do we have the place for you. Newly opened and tucked away inside the Woodlands Shopping Centre; it doesn’t seem to have held Oh So Deli back – like, at all. It’s actually impossible for us to choose a front runner between their sandwiches, particularly when it comes to their made-to-order options. Chicken katsu, eggplant parmi, a Reuben and a meatball sub are the big-ticket items, and each alone would be well worth a trip.
Woodlands Shopping Centre, Shop 12/84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands
Drasko’s Hot Chicken
What happens when you combine a passion for Nashville-style fried chicken, with the attention to detail that comes from a stint at Noma? You get Drasko’s, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Ever since opening at the start of the year, Drasko’s has made huge waves, with hordes of punters lining up for that crispy, juicy, spicy good stuff. Made with exclusively WA produce, with pickles, hot sauces and, well, everything else made in-house, you’ll taste the difference.
The Mezz, 148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
Dine by Arrival Hall
While the Dine by Arrival Hall menu isn’t extensive, it sure packs a punch. Always changing according to season and produce, it has a refined approach that truly sets it – and its sandwiches – apart. Current offerings include a miso pork belly sandwich with cabbage, pickled shallots and wasabi on charred Miller and Baker sourdough that frankly, blew us away. But then again, their prawn roll (a twist on a lobster roll) is pretty hard to resist. Normally, the fact that it’s inside a furniture store would be a detriment, except that Arrival Hall’s space is so stylish, so serene… we’re happy for an excuse to loiter.
162 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
One of the AHA WA steak sanga competition finalists, Brewvino‘s contender is about all things WA. Rose Mallee scotch fillet is the star of the show, but paired with the house made ciabatta, the smoked beef fat aioli, the house made mustard, La Delizia Latticini mozzarella, pork fat potatoes, house made barbecue sauce? The crispy chicken skin?! We’re honestly overcome.
75 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah
North Street Store
Back when we first rounded up our favourite sandwiches, we said that North Street Store might be one of Perth’s best worst kept secrets… we reckon the cat’s well and truly out of the bag now. We were waxing lyrical, weeping tears of joy about their porchetta roll, which has become a if-you’re-lucky lunchtime special – but no matter, there’s always plenty on offer. Their daily lunchtime specials (chicken katsu, steak sanga, fish burgers, chicken schnitzel bap?!) are guaranteed to knock your socks off, but we also find it preeeeeeetty hard to pass up the bacon and egg roll (make sure to get the house-made barbecue sauce!). Plus, with an ever expanding empire, it’s now easier than ever to get your hands on their goodies.
16 North Street, Cottesloe
Mary Street Bakery
For all the discussion about Mary Street’s great offerings – their doughnuts, their fried chicken pancakes, yadda yadda…we 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.
Shop 1& 2, Empire Village, City Beach
507 Beaufort Street, Highgate
272 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Shop 3/5 Shenton Road, Claremont
The Re Store
She’s an icon, she’s a superstar, never the same, totally unique, never been done before: she’s the conti roll. If you’re talking about the iconic sandwich, you gotta go straight to the source – and that’s the Re Store, baby! If you’re a newbie, be prepared for a pretty hectic lunchtime rush – stay strong, it’s worth it. Need we say more?
231 Oxford Street, Leederville
72 Lake Street, Northbridge
We’re always ready to put some pork on our fork, but between some bread? We’re there in a flash. Canteen‘s lunchtime special panini is one of the greats: 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
Delissimo Continental Deli
Conti connoisseurs, this one needs to be next on your list. Vic Park deli Delissimo has been pumping out some of the best continental rolls in Perth for ten years. While their signature rolls are sure to impress, we’ve got our eyes 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 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. We 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’s menu offers traditional bánh mì, as well as an ever-changing, always enticing 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 we are no purists.) 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
Bibra Lake Lunch Bar
It may seem like overkill to double up on the bánh mì, but we kept seeing these tantalising, enticing banh mi showing up on our stories, and had to investigate. The source? Bibra Lake Lunch Bar. As well as some A+ banh mi, these guys are grilling up a storm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, serving Vietnamese street food cooked over the coals – let your nose guide you.
1/40 Port Pirie St, Bibra Lake
Ethos Deli + Dining Room
Ethos have been knocking it out of the park since opening in 2020, just down the road from sibling venue Young George. Inspired by iconic New York delis, as well as influenced by chef and owner Melissa Palinkas’ Eastern European roots, the deli easily finds itself in A-game sandwich zone. The hot pastrami has already become the stuff of legends, but the entire sandwich section reads like a perfect lunch for every day of the week: Coney Island frank in a milk bun with sauerkraut, Kingfish lox bagel with horseradish quark, cucumber, tomato and capers, the Ultimate Conti? It’s a sandwich-lover’s dream, while their zero-waste, sustainable approach makes it taste all that much sweeter.
88 George Street, East Fremantle
Obviously, looking at this list, we’ve got some feelings about Reubens (we’ve rounded up our favourites of those, too) but we just can’t resist including Artem‘s weekend Reuben. Filled with house-smoked brisket pastrami (controversial) and with house-made sauerkraut, plus Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, all on toasted rye… Besides the pastrami vs corned beef contention, this Reuben keeps things straightforward, well-executed and traditional. Really, we couldn’t ask for more.
Header image: Oh So Deli