Meat & Bread
370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Finally, and I mean finally I have tried the famous Meat & Bread. I been wanting to try this place for at least over a year now. The problem was that it never opens on Sunday, and for some bazaar reason, I am always in downtown on Sunday. Finally, I manage to get myself to downtown on a Saturday and this place was packed, definitely a good sign.
The restaurant had high ceiling to create that sense of space. There were only about a hand full of individual tables, and one long communal table. The menu was very simple, there was maybe 10 things on there with about 4 of them being the main course: sandwiches. Food here is served cafeteria style. You go up to the counter and order. The food is pretty much done by the time you reach the cashier.
One look at the roast above, I was sold on their porchetta sandwich ($8). It seems like I wasn't the only one, cause almost everyone in line ended up with one of these.
The Porchetta sandwich was divine. The bread was chewy but airy. The meat was delicious to say the least. The skin was crispy, and the meat was tender and flavorful. To top it off, there was just enough fat in their to create a perfect juicy sandwich without being oily. Because the pork was roasted with a mixture of spices and pesto, the flavor was well infused in the meat. In a nutshell, don't skip this sandwich if you visit.
You can either pair your sandwich with a homemade soup or a salad for $4. The soup of the day was parsnip and that's what I went with. I liked this soup, it was creamy without being overly so, with a slight sourish taste. R on the other hand was not a fan. I think this just boils down to personal preference. Like it or not aside, you can taste the pure ingredients, and know that this is indeed a homemade soup.
Given the amount of traffic at this restaurant, you really can't go wrong. Their sandwiches are good, but Porchetta is definitely the winner here. They also have a meatball sandwich and a grill cheese sandwich that looks really good, now I can't wait to go back. Since Christmas is right around the corner, I actually inquired their catering business for the pork roast. If anyone is interested, it's $12/lb cooked or $10/lb uncooked. Each roast is approximately 15lb. If you would like to order, emailing them is your best bet, or so I was told.