Between Bread: 15 Restaurants in Manila With Awesome Sandwiches
Foodie movie 'Chef' has left a lot of us scrambling to the nearest sandwich joint or running to our own home kitchens to prepare a messy-good grilled cheese sandwich. While this portable, hand-held favorite is mostly consumed locally as a midday snack or a light lunchbox treat, heavier savory items stacked in between slices of bread prove that a sandwich can be just as heavy-hitting as your staple Pinoy rice meal.
This finger food is named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, British man John Montagu. While it was not exaclty invented by the artistocrat, it was popularly believed that a combination of meat between bread is what Lord Sandwich would eat while he would play cards, as it is portable, less messy, and rids him of using utensils (some serious cribbage attention was needed).
Fast forward to today: we have an entire spectrum of sandwiches only limited to a chef or cook's creativity--from the assortment of breads that serve as base and top, to the many proteins and fillings in different flavor ranges (savory, spicy, sweet, salty, and everything in between). Don't forget the condiments, the add-ons, the veggies, and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink.
Craving for some sandwiches? Sink your teeth into the metro's popular specialty sandwich joints! In this edition of The Click List, we share 15 restaurants (listed alphabetically) that specialize in mouthwatering hand-held eats. We decided to separate burger (and hotdog) joints from this list, as they are plenty enough to create separate lists. [If you're hankering for a burger like crazy, though, we listed 8 of the most insane burgers in Manila every foodie must try.]
New York, New York (P165): roast chicken slices, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion slices & cranberry sauce on rye bread
1. Almon Marina
Sandwich bar and deli since 1990. (9 branches)
The Sandwich Spread: All Beef Sandwiches, Chicken or Turkey Sandwiches, Submarine Sandwiches, Pork or Ham Sandwiches, Sausage Sandwiches, Seafood Sandwiches.
Traditional Banhmi (P79 medium, P99 large): Pork lean ham, salted shredded meat, pig’s head paste, boiled meat
Crispy Vietnamese banh mi in San Antonio Village, Makati. (delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: Five banh mi variants: Traditional, Grilled beef, Chicken, Roasted Pork, Optional (customized).
The Buffy (P175 1/4 Slab, P295 1/2 Slab, P590 Slab): buffalo chicken and garlic sauce
Home of the slabwich. (2 branches)
The Sandwich Spread: Signature massive 'slab' like sandwiches (available in Slab, 1/2 Slab, and 1/4 Slab)--popular variants include Faking Duck, California Waki, The Buffy, Chuckatsu, Reuben, Roast Beef. Paninis, hotdogs, and burgers also available.
Roast Beef Sandwich (P151): roast beef slices, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, white onions, honey mustard and cheese
4. Earle's Delicatessen
All about European sausages, deli meats, and gourmet sandwiches. (4 branches)
The Sandwich Spread: Deli Sandwiches for less than P200 each (ex: BLT, Beef Pastrami, Classic Italian, Roast Beef), snappy Sausage Sandwiches (ex: Frankfurter, Bavarian, Hungarian, Kielbasa).
Ruben (P245): homemade corned beef, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, Russian dressing
A neighborhood cafe in Greenhills serving sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.
The Sandwich Spread: A selection of 7 Savory Sandwiches and 3 Sweet Sandwiches, such as Grilled Cheese, Please!, Chicken & Lime Remoulade, PB&J, and Berries & Cream. Have a soup and salad of the day with any sandwich of your liking by adding P80.
Mariner (P340 Full, P180 Half): fish fillet, Dutch crunch roll, house mariner sauce
6. Mad Mark's Creamery and Good Eats
Ice creams, grilled meats, and man-sandwiches. (2 branches)
The Sandwich Spread: Their Man Sandwiches come in Full and Half Size to cater to both small and big cravings: there's Lumberjack, Mariner, Chicken Meltdown, Happy Camper, Chicken Firehouse, and 'THE' Man Sandwich. Add-ons available.
New York Times Bestseller Sandwich (P430): triple-decker sourdough bread sandwich of smoked turkey, salami, and cheeses
A deli specializing in sandwiches at Shangri-la Plaza Mall for the bookworm-slash-foodie.
The Sandwich Spread: Named after well-loved titles in literature, such as Gulliver's Travels (shrimp), Of Mice and Men (cheese), To Kill a Mockingbird (chicken), The Little Mermaid (salmon), The Secret Garden (vegetarian), and Charlotte's Web (pork ham).
L' Italien (P185): French Baguette, Prosciutto ham, arugula, onion, tomatoes, black olive sauce
8. Paris Delice
Have French style sandwiches with a view of the 'Eiffel Tower.' (2 branches, delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: All sandwiches use imported fresh-baked baguettes and are prepared a la minute for an authentic experience. 12 sandwiches to choose from, all priced below P200 each.
Santa Cruz (P245): hummus, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on white bread
9. Plaza Cafe
Your neighborhood sandwich shop in Legazpi Village, Makati. (delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: Their sandwiches (4 flavors) are made to order, uses artisan bread, and come with a pickle and a choice of 'Frips' (a mix of fries and chips) or a side salad. They also have Grilled Paninis in 7 flavors. Both sandwiches and paninis are available in half sizes for smaller bites and appetites, with prices starting at P120.
Chicken Carbonara (P147.90 Small, P193.80 Regular, P239.70 Large): all-natural chicken, smoked bacon, mozzarella, sauteed mushroom, alfredo sauce
Home of toasted submarine sandwiches. (delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: Their toasty subs come in Classic (5 variants) and Signature (5 variants) lines, and they also offer a line of Savory Steak subs. There's a Sisig version of a sub available, and for those counting calories, 'lighter' sandwiches are labeled ('Under 400 Calories') for your convenience, like the Spicy BBQ Chicken and Chicken Carbonara. All subs come in three sizes: small, regular, and large.
French Onion Sandwicheese (P130): garlic cream cheese, caramel onions, thyme, mozzarella, and parmesan on wheat bread
Banapple's li'l bro and your sandwich destination in Katipunan and Taguig. (delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: Think homey goodness of Banapple, but in sandwich form. Sandwicheese comes in three categories: Meat, Fish, and Veggie, totalling to 17 kinds of sandwiches being offered. They are priced affordably, ranging from P120 to P170 each. And yes, most of their food are lovingly embraced with cheese, as the folks of Banapple love this ingredient.
Subway Melt™ (P150 6 inch, P245 footlong): freshly baked bread stuffed, sliced chicken, ham, crispy bacon, melted cheese, and your choice of vegetables and condiments
The biggest submarine sandwich shop in the world. (delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: Subway's hand held eats come in 6 inch (P105-P150) and footlong (P200-P245) servings. Lighter and classic eats include BLT, Sliced Chicken, Ham, Spicy Italian, and Veggie Delite. Premium subs include Subway Melt, Steak and Cheese, Roast Beef, and Subway Club.
Pulled Pork (P120): Lean pork, mayonnaise, whole wheat bread
13. The Sandwich Guy
Fresh, not fried, hexagon-shaped whole wheat sandwiches. (25 branches, delivery available)
The Sandwich Spread: Fifteen kinds of sandwiches are available in this sandwich shop. They have a classic Grilled Cheese (P65) and Peanut Butter Banana (P70), meatier orders such as the Ultimate Roastbeef (P140). Add-ons available, if you want build a heftier sandwich.
Raging Bulgogi Sandwich (P145): pork strips, bulgogi sauce, lettuce, caramelized onions, garlic mayo, sesame seeds on a baguette
14. The Knuckle Sandwich Station
Knock yourself out with a sandwich feast down south at this boxing themed restaurant in BF Homes.
The Sandwich Spread: For your main event, ten sandwiches are available, like the spicy Raging Bulgogi, Julio Cesar Sandwich, Fish of Fury, and Philly Cheese Steak. All sandwiches come with free fries. For some 'Chilla in Manila,' they also offer Ice Cream Sandwiches (P130 each) in assorted flavors: Little Red (Red Velvet), Brockton Mac Buster (White Chocolate Macadamia), Joe Freezer (Choco Truffle), and The Undisputed (Mango Sansrival).
Pastrami Sandwich (P350): slow cooked beef brisket, served with potato chips, pickles, spicy mustard, and creamy horseradish
Pair your hand held eats with tippling treats in this BGC sandwich bar.
The Sandwich Spread: Sandwiches here are hefty and most are sized for sharing, and the restaurant takes pride in preparing their own meats like their bacon, corned beef, and pastrami. There are 20 savory sandwiches on the menu (and we hear they have off-menu specials), plus 2 dessert sandwiches--the Smores Ice Cream Sandwich (P180) and the Apple Pie French Toast (P180).