Need lunch? Here are Britomart’s best sandwiches.


Amano is pretty much indisputably the king of sandwiches downtown. Their lunchtime counter is laden with choices, from the ever-popular spicy chicken and slaw (above right), chargrilled vegetables with havarti, and wagyu steak with salsa verde and provolone (all $9), all heated on request in the wood fired oven. The smashed meatball with mozzarella and pickles (above left) is also delicious but be sure to keep it in the bag it’s handed over in, because parts of it have a tendency to get away on you. Our pick this week though, was the flat panino stuffed with proscuitto, rocket and stracciatella ($12).

The Store

The Gore St outlet of The Store turns out an incredible number of sandwiches every day. Stalwarts of the servery include their buttermilk fried chicken with preserved lemon slaw served on sesame-seed foccacia ($9, above), an indulgent Croque Monsieur on brioche bread ($7, above middle) and their changing daily hot sandwich, which can be anything from chimmichurri chicken to pulled pork. Classics like chicken mayo and celery (top) turn up on a variety of bread bases, so if focaccia’s not your thing, you can always try it in a homemade flatbread wrap.

Espresso Workshop

The baristas at Espresso Workshop do their work with flair, and the sandwiches they serve up are no different. On the day we visited, it was a toss-up between the garlic mushroom and truffle oil toastie ($7.50, above) and the three cheeses, pickles and caramelised onion on white ($8.50).

Smart Sushi

A great option for the gluten-intolerant sandwich-lover who is ready to cast tradition to the wind. The salmon omelette sandwich (above) is layered between two ‘slices’ of sushi rice and nori. There’s a variety of fillings available, all hovering around the $9 mark.

Photos by Joe Hockley