The Best Bacon Sandwich?
- loobcom Apr 3, 2007 02:44 PM
Like many Red Sea waders, I like nothing more than chomping on an excellent, a really sublime bacon sandwich, especially during this festival of Passover when I can break, in one fell swoop, three prohibitions.
I know that I can make the very best sandwich myself, but one of my bottomless pit of neuroses is that I hate to fill my abode with the perfume of cooked bacon.
So where do I go in central London (kinda EC) to get my fix?
I can recommend Ruby on Charlotte Road (next to the Canteloupe - used to be ktchn or some such). It's more about freshly grilled lunch stuff there but they do fire up the grill in time for breakfast and they'll cook you a great bacon roll from fresh.
I was tempted to drape the Seder chickens with bacon to lard it... but discretion overcame valour in the end...
Good bacon sarnies outside of home are always disappointing - but I have a vague memory that Roast might have bacon and sausages on their stall in Borough market... They might be halfway decent. Not too bad at Smith's in Smithfield either - although you have to suffer the prices and aching hipness to get it. You might also want to explore one of the taxi drivers' huts - there's one outside the V&A and used to be one in Lupus St in Pimlico.
Oh, and egg matzoh's from any of the delis in Golders Green, surely?
Not EC but central nevertheless is Avella's Cafe @ 80 Mortimer Street. It's been a while since I last visited but they used to do a supreme (and supremely large) bacon and sausage roll with choice of brown sauce or ketchup.
If you want high-quality ingredients, Inn the Park in St James's Park does a great bacon sandwich - posh organic bacon, on very classy artisanal-looking toast.
I am not a huge fan of the bacon sandwiches at Borough Market - but this may be because my hands are usually full of shopping bags and so I get brown sauce over myself.
Be careful with the taxi-drivers' booths - not all of them serve the public. The one on Pont Street just off Sloane Street in Knightsbridge does, though - and I've heard it's good but have not been myself. I would expect a basic caff-style sarnie. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.
LOL _ did anyone see the story about the boffins who created a mathematical formula for the perfect bacon sandwich? I attach the top three grafs of the BBC website story.
Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/we...
Scientists have created a mathematical formula of how to make the perfect bacon butty.
Experts at Leeds University discovered the secret to the ideal sandwich lay in how crispy and crunchy rashers were.
They found that two or three back bacon rashers should be cooked under a preheated oven grill for seven minutes at about 240C (475F).
The bacon should then be placed between two slices of farmhouse bread, 1cm to 2cm thick.
I don't know if Spitalfields is too far East for you but I've had very good bacon sandwiches at St John Bread and Wine and also at The Rivington Grill. The St John sandwich is made using smoked Gloucester Old Spot and is made with their own bread.