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El Vergel, Borough, London

limster Jan 23, 2009 02:35 PM

A solid chacarero - a Chilean sandwich, anchored by the soft moon of a very slightly crumbly bread (pan amasado, baked next door) . Tender slices of beef (rump according to their menu), mashed avocado and tomato, with a satisfying kick from a smoky earthy hot sauce that integrates itself well into the sandwich. No green beans though.

A very light, soft and creamy cheesecake topped with cherry compote, a perfect dry base of crumbs.

A Chilean pal mentioned that they have pastel de choclo (pies with corn and meat) on fridays. Anyone tried?

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    hollow_legs Jan 24, 2009 02:43 PM

    Thanks for the recommendation - I usually struggle to find eating options around London Bridge (other than Borough Market)

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    1. re: hollow_legs
      limster Jan 24, 2009 03:25 PM

      Some other places worth trying: the merguez sandwiches at Tassili are pretty good, and the roast meats at Fuzzy Grub can be satisfying. I also like the pork katsu curry at Tsuru, the cured meats at Viva Verdi, both just south of the Tate Modern. Table is a very good option too.

      BTW, credit goes to: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/463487#3159102

      Also, haven't had the sandwiches there yet, but check out Cafe Inca on Long Lane: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/522438

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      skut Jan 24, 2009 04:04 AM

      Late breakfast here is win, quiet and happy and friendly. Lunch happy and friendly but SLAMMED.

      1. limster Jan 24, 2009 03:50 AM

        Forgot to mention that the sandwich I got is called the churrasco palta (palta = the mashed avocado).

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          Nii Jan 23, 2009 03:43 PM

          Sounds good, so is this an excluive Chilean eaterie or do they do other Latin American dishes?

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          1. re: Nii
            limster Jan 24, 2009 03:36 AM

            They make a number of other dishes that might be from other parts of Latin America (at least according to the take-out menu). And also other more common combinations of items in sandwiches or salads that could be from anywhere. BTW, I think it's only open for lunch.

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