Bored with my regular lunch spots, I decided to take a walk around the neighbourhood to see if I could spy something new. A large crowd of people milling on Rutland Street captured my attention.
They were waiting at a hole-in-the-wall labeled Rutland St. Sandwiches. Intrigued, I joined the queue and ordered a sandwich of my own.
Despite the fifteen minute wait, the resulting Slow Roasted Beef ($9) sandwich, served in a potato bun with caramelised onion, Dijon mustard, pickles, jalapeños and crisp cos lettuce, was a beauty and well worth the wait. For discerning diners (like myself) who won’t go near anything like Subway, one thing this part of Surry Hills has lacked for a while is a decent sandwich shop.
Over the next ten days, I gave Rutland St. Sandwiches a good going over, quickly learning that foodies in the know avoid the ordering window queue entirely by using the Hey You app.. This app. neatly takes care of both ordering and payment, leaving your only task as picking up your lunch.
As well as the well-priced nine-buck menu, they’ve got a list of fancier twelve-buck offerings, starting with The Cuban ($12) served on a toasted panini.
It’s a hefty mouthful with layers of hand-cut leg ham and smoked pulled pork separated by an unmelted slice of Swiss cheese, pickles, Dijon mustard and Cuban mojo dressing, but it's too salty to quite win me over.
Unmelted cheese was also a tiny niggle on the Southern Fried Chicken Burger ($12), which was an otherwise excellent blend of fried chook, chipotle mayo. and crisp coleslaw trapped within a soft, potato bun.
I’ll recommend Felafel ($12) wholeheartedly for filling a super-soft white wrap with well-cooked felafel and pickled purple cabbage, tomato, cucumber and house salad. It’s dressed with just the right amount of hummus and garlic/lemon mayonnaise to make it tasty, without it dissolving into a drippy mess before you can devour it. Next time, I wouldn’t be against adding some Sriracha ($0.50) to lift it even further.
I also took one for the team and road-tested a Brownie ($4). They're ridiculously gooey, chewy and nutty, and pretty much a good enough reason to pay Rutland St. Sandwiches a visit all on their own.
Rutland St. Sandwiches
16 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 8394 9234