Meat & Bread is a sandwich shop on Cambie near Victory Square. As soon as you walk in, usually one of the owners will greet you at the door and let you know what’s on their menu for the day. The menu is short with only 4 specialty sandwiches: the Porchetta, the Meatball, the Grilled Cheese, and their Daily Special. Each sandwich is made fresh to order and served on old-fashioned wooden cutting boards.
Today I had the Porchetta. This pork sandwich is what they are known for. The ciabatta buns they use for their sandwiches are really good. They are perfectly baked: crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. The pork is cooked amazingly as well. It’s juicy, and tender with some crispy pork skin mixed in for a change in texture. The meat is full of flavour and not too salty. The salsa verde and the optional house-made mustard give the sandwich some extra kick.
Their grilled cheese sandwiches are also quite delicious. It takes them a little longer to make, but it’s worth the wait. A blend of melted cheeses plus crisp onions makes it stand out from the standard grilled cheese fare. To add even more flare to the flavour, try dipping it in their spicy sambal sauce or tangy mustard.
For drinks, they have these interesting botanically brewed bottled sodas. From what I’ve tried, the Fentimans Curiosity Cola stands out the most. If you are craving some alcohol, they also serve a variety of beers. Self serve water is available too.
They also have salads and soups for sides but I have not tried them yet. For dessert, they have a very unique maple bacon ice cream sandwich. The salty bacon bits contrast with the sweet maple ice cream, but surprisingly it’s a flavour combination that works.
I really recommend visiting Meat & Bread. It’s a great local eatery with friendly staff and a hip, relaxed atmosphere. The sandwiches are all around $8 which I think is fair for the quality you are getting. When you add sides, drinks, and desserts though, it can get around the $20 range which is a bit pricey. Nevertheless, I think it’s a place everyone needs to check out at least once.
370 Cambie Street