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Nov 6, 2010 05:36 PM

Meat & Bread - sando santo

Simple name for this sandwich joint on Cambie off Hastings. Big windows, long table, loud-ish music and licensed. I came for the hallowed porchetta sandwich. The moist pieces of pork came with some of the crackling, a bit of salsa verde, all in the in-house baked ciabatta. It also came with a dollop of their own mustard and sambal. Having the sandwich with a bit of those condiments naturally made more flavours. Of course, I had to compare it to the version I had from Roli Roti at the Ferry Building market in SF; that one had more of the crunchy skin and some fresh parsley. As well, the Roli Roti bun was bigger which meant you tasted more of the pork here at M&B. And if you don't want the bun, they'll sell you some of the porchetta on its own, just like in SF. Nice.

They also offer beef brisket / meatball sandos, grilled cheese, daily soups, and ice cream sandwiches, which the website says is maple bacon flavoured.

ETA: link

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  1. Oooooh, thank you ELS! I know where my next sandwich will be! Your post just made me very happy! What's their website address - google did not bring it up for me.

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    1. re: ck1234

      Thanks for the link - I looked up "sando santo"... thought you were talking in "grayelf language" which often goes over my head :-)

      1. re: ck1234

        well, it is a holy sandwich since pork is given so much reverence on this board ; )

        1. re: el_lobo_solo

          Nice find, els -- added to my list. Love that you can order an extra ball. Also wondering if we need to look into the maple bacon ice cream sando for 'erts :-).

    2. I had a porchetta there a couple of weeks ago. This sandwich compares favourably to (San Francisco) Roli Roti's version which has onion jam and chervil in the filling. M&B's version had nice sweet mustard and a hot sauce as condiment. (RR's is still my personal gold standard, but M&B is the only place in town that I know of that serves a handcarved porchetta sandwhich and it is good in its own right though a bit small. See comparison pics below...)

      I would definitely go back if I am in the area.

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      1. re: fmed

        I did the same thing fmed: I looked back at my photos of RR. Glad you mentioned the onion jam because I couldn't remember what the stuff was. M&B menu changes daily I believe, aside from the regular porchetta.

        1. re: el_lobo_solo

          I wonder if they'll drizzle extra pork juice on the inside of the bun like they do at Roli...

        2. re: fmed

          Commune Cafe also does a porchetta sandwich FYI

            1. re: fmed

              Finally tried Commune's prochetta today. It isn't my first time here, but I have neglected to try their porchetta as I assumed it was made with deli-style porchetta. All their sandwiches are prepped in advance so the pork is not carved to order. It is definitely sliced from a pork roast - but I did not detect any skin like a "proper" porchetta. Thus - not in the same league as RR or M&B, but still it was a tasty sandwich and not too pricey for Yaletown ($8).

          1. re: fmed

            love coming and watching them make the sandwiches