I remember my first pastrami sandwich. I was in Grand Central Station in New York, and there was more meat than bread. Forget your two slices of wafter thin ham, I mean, the sandwich was loaded with pastrami and actually impossible to eat.
Ever since that lovely delight, I’ve always been wary of sandwich shops in London. You pay top whack for a hand-crafted sarnie, sure, but seeing how New Yorkers do it has always left me wanting. UNTIL NOW.
I present, Cafe Mish. They’re little, they have seating for six people, they don’t have a phone number as far as I can tell, and their menu is simple. But boy do their sandwiches impress! One raining workday they got in touch, offering to save me getting soaked by delivering me lunch – who was I to say no?
I ordered a mish pastrami (£9.50) which comes with marinated beef brisket, Russian dressing, rose harrisa, sauerkraut & melted cheese. I also was given a small portion of mish chips served with a small side salad, and a mish-inspired Rocky Road chocolate.
There was SO MUCH FOOD. The meat was beautifully succulent and having never tried a Russian dressing, it paired together nicely.
This might be hard for Mish to hear, but I’ll admit I was stuffed. With such a generous portion of meat and gherkins, coupled with the nibbly bits, I had to leave a tiny portion else my stomach would have burst. It’s pricey – some sarnies will set you back just under £13 – but they’re more like little meals than a quick bite.
Definitely pop in if you’re around the area. Gourmet sandwiches, coffee and cakes are their focus, so you know you’ll be in for a treat.