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The Best Bacon Sandwich?

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?

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  1. I am going to report you to TPTB. And I'm still searching for egg matzoh. :-)

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    1. re: zuriga1

      I think you are right, the best bacon sarnie is made at home. I do, however, like to try a sausage and bacon roll from Bernie's on The Goswell Road from time to time


      1. re: Simon Majumdar

        I am totally going to go to Bernie's this weekend and have this delicious sandwich! Will report back...

    2. 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.

      1. 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?

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        1. re: SpikeyD

          The cost for me to get to Golders Green isn't worth the trip, but I'm sure it's available up there. I have found real American bacon (Oscar Mayer made in Spain) at my local Sainsbury's. I am now one happy, homemade bacon sandwich eater.

          1. re: zuriga1

            As a good everyday bacon I really enjoy Waitrose Danish thin cut streak cooked almost crispy. Also from Waitrose I quite like their organic dry-cure streaky, which of course releases a lot less water.

            1. re: loobcom

              I don't know if Waitrose branches in the south stock it, but if you see Maynard's buy it quick. Maynards has a small farm shop in Shropshire and normally just cure it & sell from there, but my local Waitrose (in the North West) now usually has it. Simply the best.

              1. re: loobcom

                Thanks... I'll give these a try.

          2. the ones at the rivington grill are fantastic, or were when i was working in the area.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.

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                1. re: abpstigand

                  speaking of caff-style -- i had a tasty one early one morning this past week at the busy little diner in covent garden market.

                2. 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.

                    1. 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.

                      1. I was impressed by Grazing in Upper Thames Street. A temple to meat sandwiches.

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                        1. re: loobcom

                          Is Grazing open on weekends? That place sounds terrific - even for salads.

                          1. re: zuriga1

                            Sadly no, I believe that their hours are Mon - Fr 0800 - 1600

                            1. re: loobcom

                              Thanks - you are absolutely right. I emailed The Grazing and got a very speedy reply about their hours. I guess I'll try the restaurant one day when I'm in that area. They've got a good website to go along with their sandwiches. :-)