Inspired by carved-on-the-spot delis in Dublin, Meat & Bread serves rustic sandwichs made from hot meats cooked on site and served with homemade sauces.
Seen it on DDD (Food Network) and had to try the Porchetta sandwich. It's only open for lunch and across the street from Victory Square on Hastings. Simple menu with 3-4 sandwiches, soup and salad. You line up at the far end of the counter and sandwiches are made to order. The Porchetta is sliced from a large rolled up roast and mixed with some coarse salt along with some of the crackling. On a Ciabatta bun. It was great, nice and juicy with a bit of a crunch due to the skin. Cost is $8. Had the chick pea salad ($4) and it was really good as well. Great old meat/deli atmosphere but get here before noon or the line up is out the door with no seating. Great speedy service when the line up is not too long. Will be back.
I came here with a friend today to try the famous porchetta sandwich. We each had 1 sandwich and 1 tomato soup for a total of $13 per person. The soup was flavorful and nice. The sandwich was very tasty. Nice warm bread fresh out of the oven, nice freshly sliced meat that we saw them slice, the crackling to add that nice crunch, everything fresh. They also had a help yourself water station set up which was nice. It was pretty much full but we found a small table for 2 near the front window. They had loud music playing, the place seems like a fun spot to have a quick tasty lunch. I will be back.
This is my favourite sandwich place right now. I dare you to suggest a better sandwich than the porcetta. With the juicy tender pork, crispy crackling and perfect bread, I'm pretty sure this is the closest to bliss one can achieve with a sandwich. You won't even notice the grease dripping down your chin and onto your shirt which is kind of embarrassing if you have to go back to work.
I ordered the meatball once which is really good but the whole time I couldn't stop thinking about the porcetta. Their soups and sandwiches are pretty good too. You will see a bunch of places with the porcetta on the menu now but none are as good as at Meat & Bread in my opinion.
The service is fast and friendly and the place is modern and clean, but who really cares about any of that? Recommended, bring your portable defibrillator.
I was very excited to find myself working next to this hyped-up sandwich shop, so in the last 2 weeks I have been there twice and eaten the Porchetta sandwich both times. It is an awesome sandwich guys! One of the best I've ever had -- but it is quite fatty! If you love stuff like pork belly you will love this sandwich. Yes it is smallish and expensive, but it is so rich that I find it is is PLENTY for me for lunch. The second time I think I had the porchetta from the end and it was a TOO fatty, I was a bit hungover and it was difficult eating some bites. There is always a long line but it moves fast, you get your sandwich within 10 minutes!
I decided to try this location, and ordered their Grilled Cheese Sandwhich, It wasn't too busy when I walked in. I love how your meal comes on this wooden plate and went to the community tables.
When I started to eat my Grilled Cheese, the bread started off crisp with flavour, but the steam and heat of the meal, had the bread go soggy. I saw when I arrived their fresh bread, but didn't think the bread can hold up to anything too warm. I like the location, the service was friendly but I won't be trying Grilled cheese again.
My husband and I stopped in to Meat & Bread for a late lunch on a sunny Saturday and I am so glad we did! I have heard of the often present line ups out the door but I guess on this particular day we lucked out, not sure if it's because we came at 3:30 or if the sunshine was keeping people outdoors. Whatever the reason we arrived, ordered, paid and had our sandwiches within 5 minutes. They are most definitely a well oiled machine behind the counter! We decided to order one porchetta and one meatball to share so we could get a taste of both and they did not disappoint. The porchetta was oh so tasty - the pork was moist, the salsa verde was super flavourful and the crackling provided just the right amount of crunch. The meatball sandwich was also really good with a good amount of spice and a generous amount of meat. You have the choice of ordering soup or salad with your sandwich but I was more than satisfied with my sandwich on its own although I caught glimpses of the potato salad they were offering that day and it did look delicious. I will have to go back with a bigger appetite so I can try the sides as well. Meat & Bread is definitely a place I will recommend and return to.
A serious case of the munchies set in as me and my woman were ambling through Gastown. The lightbulb went on and we found ourselves in the doorway of Meat and Bread. When it first opened a year or so back I found the buzz a little too much and vowed to try one of their vaunted porchetta sandwiches once the hullabaloo tailed off. At a hefty $9 (incl tax) per smallish sandwich, the folks at Meat and Bread bank on customers recognizing quality ingredients and rich flavors over sheer volume. Simplicity is the key here. You've got your excellent bread, well-prepared freshly roasted porchetta, a delish herb condiment and the secret weapon: crackling. Crackling is the crispy pork skin from the porchetta roast. My gf had the special. The filling for her sandwich was a rich braised lamb served with watercress and zucchini (sauted) and a aoli of some sort I think. Sounds a bit odd but the couple of bites I managed to beg were dynamite. The consensus was a resounding, f*** yeah. A gripe might be that the portion is slightly small. However, I was full and I'm 190lbs. I might be quibbling here but perhaps they proprieters might consider upping the seasoning just a tad. Still, top shelf lunch nosh. Shall return. The meatball version looks fine...
I, personally, enjoy fatty, greasy food with lots of juice and sauce, so the trimmings and crisped skin in the porchetta sandwich are exactly what I like about it. It's not the single most amazing thing I have ever eaten, and does bear a strong resemblance to cheap Chinatown pork, but I still think it makes for a tasty sandwich. My only gripe is that their service is pretty variable, at times just fine and at others piss-poor, and I think they could really do with fewer egos and more pleasantries. I'm tired of Vancouver being filled with these holier-than-thou restaurants that are so image-conscious that they forget to be polite or professional.
I've eaten lunch here 3 times so far. The sandwiches are very good but basic: bread, a sauce/dressing and meat. No lettuce, tomatoes, onions or anything like that. So, when they say Meat & Bread, they mean it.
Despite the simplicity of the sandwiches, they are mostly flavourful and delicious. I had the porchetta sandwich, but, didn't enjoy it as much because it just had too much fat and gristle in it. I also found the flavour to be a little gamey. I had the Meatball sandwich twice, which is my favourite. Nice and spicy! Only problem is that eating this sandwich is incredibly messy because the meatball is broken up into small pieces which just falls out of the bread too easily. After the first bite, I had more meatball on my "plate" (actually a plank of wood) than between the two slices of bread. So, you constantly have to stuff the meatball meat back inside after every bite. If they sliced the meatballs instead of smashing them up, that would make it a lot less messy to eat.
For eating on the premises, the only option is a long communal table along with a short counter with a few stools. Most everyone I know, including me, hates this cafeteria style of eating at long communal tables which seems to be popular lately at trendy food joints.
The value of their food is not necessarily in the presentation or even taste, I think it's mostly because they claim to use organic, sustainable ingredients in their sandwiches, which as we know always comes at a premium price. If it weren't for that, I'd find the prices a tad high for these meat-filled sandwiches.
We were curious about the reviews for meat& bread and decided to check them out.
first, when we arrived we saw a nicely decorated place with counters and guys in their stations wearing home-style aprons and clothing cutting meats and preparing sandwiches. They have their buns laid mounting on their counter...my first impression was they baked their own. nice.
We heard that the prochetta sandwich was good, and it was indeed good, the crispy pork skin makes all the difference. we also ordered the soup of the day...spiced kopocha if i'm not mistaken, my gf likes it.
the service was friendly too :)
but what made us not really wanting to go back is definitely their prices. for just a sandwich, will set you back to about $8, we were quite surprised. I mean it's similar to the chinese style crispy roasted pork, but with different seasoning, but it's probably just us.
Overall a great place to try new trends in downtown. recommended!
Today I went to Meat & Bread for the first time and I picked up the porchetta sandwich.
I'm Italian and a fun of porchetta so when I heard that a restaurant in Vancouver was serving it I couldn't resist to give it a shot.
First off when I first got in I was surprised by the style of the place. I was expecting a much more fast foodish environment whilst I found a very nice gourmet style place. The staff was very nice too.
The sandwich was I little small there was good quantity of meat in it just the bread wasn't quite the size I would expect especially considering that including tax it was about 9 bucks. As a lunch it left me a little hungry.
The favour was pretty good but nothing amazing, I found the trimming to have too much fat in it but may it was just mine as it was from the ending part of the porchetta. I had much nicer porchetta on road side stand in Italy.
Will I be back? I think so, I'm curious to give a shot to the other type of sandwich so I may swing by again one these days.
The first time we walked by, there would have to be a long line up to order. So we gave it a pass. This time, we went early enough to avoid the line and thereby snagging seats to dine in. Today's 4 sandwiches were: porchetta, salt cod, meatball or grilled cheese. Soup was a lamb broth and salad was cauliflower with chick peas and other herbs. Word is they switch up the menu from time to time.
We all decided on the much "talked about" porchetta sandwich. Good choice! If you've ever had roast pork from Chinatown or any Asian meat market that sells roast pork, then you'll like this. It was very yummy and we all agreed that we would buy it again. Both the lamb soup and cauliflower salad were good too. The main dining room is actually one enormous dining table where you'll actually sit next to a stranger. No intimate tables unless you manage to luck out and sit by the store window. So watch your elbows when eating!
Overall, the verdict on the first visit is a definite thumbs up! We would definitely come again to try another sandwich even though the pricing is rather high for what you get but I'm guessing the proceeds go to rent.
My 11 year old son is a little foodie (loves the Food Network) and was begging me to take him to Meat & Bread. He really wanted to try their bacon ice cream. We got there a little after 11am and there was still plenty of seating. We both wanted the porchetta sandwich but we also wanted to try other things on their interesting but limited menu. So I relented and ordered a meatball sandwich instead. We shared a borscht soup. The sandwiches were delicious. We particularly enjoyed the porchetta sandwich the crispiness of the pork skin was melt in your mouth yummy. A very handsome (Australian?) server overheard me telling my son the borscht soup was too salty so he went over to the cook to enquire about the soup. The cook tried it and shook his head that there was nothing wrong with the soup. The server came back to us to apologize anyways and offered me a salad instead. I was so full from the sandwich I refused but thought that was a really awesome gesture. I was impressed. My son still wanted his bacon ice cream sandwich so I gave him some money to go buy one. The server saw my son in line and gave him the ice cream sandwich no charge. My son loved the ice cream sandwich and says he would come back for more. The ice cream was good but bacon flavor was more a novelty for me. When we left the restaurant was packed and there was a line-up to the door. I would recommend going before 11:30am. We highly recommend Meat & Bread.
I had their signature porchetta salsa Verde sandwich. Man was it dry and flavorless. It was pretty hard to swallow. Sure looks good but the bread was the stiffest bread I ever had. I had to eat the sandwich with the soda so i can swallow it. I swear the bread cut my mouth also. For $13 for a small sandwich and soda it was way way over priced for downtown east side area. Should be $5 with a drink and I still won't come back. I blame this place to be busy by stupid social media hype. One of the worse food I had in the world in the last few years.
The soda is terrible. It's way too sweet. Doesn't matter if it's made with corn syrup instead of the synthetic stuff. The orange soda I was should be watered down with a liter of water. I felt like i was forced to drink juice concentrate.
But the place sure looks great. And when you order your sandwich. No one tells you which one is yours. Even when there's less then 4 ppl ordering they act like they are super busy by chatting with each other.
Its a little expensive, but if you go around the neighbourhood looking for a better sandwich at a cheaper price... let me know!
consistently delicious. Fresh food, huge glass windows, expect a line-up at lunch time, best to avoid the rush if you're in a hurry.
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I went to Meat & Bread for the first time today to get a take-away sandwich. I had one of their standard items, and I believe it is considered to be their 'signature' sandwich: Porchetta.
The pork was well roasted and succulent, the crispy pork rind bits on top were incredible and salty, and the salsa verde was great.
The line up to just pay for the sandwich was unbearably long. They need to create a better flow for faster service as I waited a good 10 minutes to pay for my sandwich after it had been created by the sandwich chefs.
I did not enjoy the decor or the ambiance. Everything annoying about Gastown in 2011 is crowded into the faux-butcher/deli decor.