JB’s Corner situated in prominent Melrose Arch and Sandton City serves up some of the best gourmet sandwiches in Joburg. They have something for all tastes. Fish lovers can try their Gone Fishing – pieces of tuna, olives, cucumber and mayo of fresh ciabatta. Their Fillet on French is perfect for meat lovers with beef fillet in barbecue sauce. And for the vegetarians – the Halloumi Club on Ciabatta features grilled halloumi, roasted peppers, creamy avocado and eggplant on a huge ciabatta roll.
This Italian deli and supermarket in Orange Grove has a diverse range of cold cut meat, cheeses and vegetables. At the counter you can create your own sandwich. Just choose your meat; like mortadella, turkey or parma, your cheese like mozzarella or gorgonzola and your veg like artichokes, sundried tomatoes and olives to go on a crusty ciabatta. A mozzarella with yummy pesto, chewy sundried tomatoes and salty olives is certainly what I would go for.
Vovo Telo has a great selection of sarmies for you to choose from whether you are in a rush or want to sit back and relax. Their bread is freshly baked daily, from ciabattas and sourdough to bagels and rye. Try out some of their gourmet options, like the Chicken and Bacon Onion Marmalade Baguette or the Smoked Salmon Trout Bagel. They also have a croissant sandwich with gypsy ham, boerenkaas, lettuce and tomato.
Jo’Anna Melt Bar
This bar is known for their amazing cocktail menu and toasties. After a long day at work, pop into one of their comfy booths. Sip on a martini, shaken not stirred, while waiting for the comfort of stretchy cheese. Their Popeye is a popular choice with a beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato and gooey cheddar.
Known for the best sarmies in Braamies, Velo Café offers a great spot to relax, have a good cup of coffee and a yummy sarmie. Options include the Ambrosia with roasted peppers, aubergine, hummus, halloumi and coriander on a panini or the Rooster Booster which if stuffed with chicken, avocado, peri-mayo and rocket.
This spot at 44 Stanley is perfect for those looking for a great gourmet sarmie. They have unique and delicious selection of gourmet sarmies to choose from, and they’re all named after movie and TV characters. Our favourites include Bill the Butcher; matured rump, wild rocket, red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta and a balsamic reduction and Hatchet Harry; rocket, beetroot, brie, sundried tomatoes, basil pesto and almonds.
If you are looking for a sandwich made from quality ingredients and freshly baked bread that comes in generous portions then you need to pay a visit to Proof Café in Sandton. Their menu consists mostly of sandwiches. These come in all types from traditional South African toasties to a Middle Eastern Wrap (it counts as a sandwich). We recommend the BLAT – because the only thing a regular BLT needs is some avo.
Melt Chocolate is a fantasy among chocolate lovers because of their decadent chocolate shots, hot chocolates and cakes. But this spot also makes great sandwiches. They have a few classic options like roast beef and tuna mayo. Those of us who struggle to decide what to eat can choose the platter option, which gives you a quarter of any four sandwiches. You can also build your own toasted sandwiches using one of their five bread options loaded with your choice of toppings. We, however, go there for their signature sandwiches. The Ham and Berry Apple Tower is definitely worth trying, we are talking about a tower made out of ciabatta, pulled pork, lettuce, emmental, micro greens, baked apple and cranberry mustard sauce.
You’ll never have to make your own lunch again thanks to Bread Basket. With a big selection of sarmies to choose from, you will feel spoiled for choice. You can choose from rye, bagels, baguettes and sourdough rolls and fill them up with a great selection of fillings. The Smoked Salmon Trout and Cream Cheese on a buttery croissant sounds good right about now.
Casa Marani Italian Deli
Casa Marani Italian Deli in Parkhurst offers only two options; the Ciabatta Panino Vegetarian and Ciabatta Panino Meat. However, you can add any of their 50 choices of cured meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables for a magnificent DIY sandwich of epic proportions. Think about olive ciabatta smothered with hummus and topped with crumbled goats feta, provolone, red onion, marinated peppers,mushrooms and paper thin slices of prosciutto and turkey – Yum!