6 best sandwich shops in Metro Manila

Spots dedicated to the humble sandwich seems to be sprouting all around Metro Manila, though the choices are anything but simple.

Some of them are heavy enough to be replace a full meal.

From Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop’s luscious sandwiches brimming with gourmet condiments to Cheezalis Street Grilled Cheese’s cheese-filled creations paired with trendy ingredients like kimchi and bacon jam, they’re all splendid and worth a try. 

1. Pepi Cubano

There’s really only one sandwich to be had at this new Makati eatery and it’s the Cubano (PHP250). This sandwich consists of a sub which has been brushed with butter and filled with roasted pork, pickles and cheese. The sandwich is then grilled, which merges the flavors and melts down the piquant cheese. Although this shop is newly opened, Pepi Cubano has been serving up these Floridian favorites since 2006. 
Where to find them: G/F Tropical Palms Condominium, Gallardo cor dela Rosa Sts, Legaspi Village, Makati; +63 2 8800389. Facebook. Mon-Thu & Sat 9am-12am, Fri 9am-2am.


2. Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop

Opened by brothers Chris and Carl, this Tomas Morato sandwich shop is really taking off thanks to its fresh ingredients served in generous portions. The menu is concise, but they do fine justice to each creation. Although we can’t get enough of The Cebuano (PHP290), a Pinoy take on the Cubano (think: lechon and pickled mangoes), The Club (PHP350) is the work of perfection with juicy grilled chicken, crispy bacon, guacamole, lettuce, and tomato on sliced honey-infused bread.
Where to find them: 51D Sct Rallos St, Bgy Laging Handa, Quezon City; +63 906 5316406. Facebook. Mon-Thu 12nn-11p, Fri-Sun 12nn-12am.

3. Banh Mi Hanna

Banh Mi Hanna goes the authentic and traditional route with its Vietnamese-style baguettes (PHP75 for small; PHP95 for large). Their breads, which are deliciously crusty on the exterior and fluffy on the interior, are loaded up with pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, and your choice of filling: egg, traditional, pork barbecue, beer steak, or chicken. Wash it all down with a punchy Vietnamese Coffee (PHP45 for small; PHP65 for large) or a Nhan Tran Tea (PHP15 for small; PHP25 for large). 
Where to find them: G/F Garden Square, Harrison Plaza, Vito Cruz cor Mabini Sts, Malate, Manila; +63 906 4302789. Facebook. Daily 10am-8pm.


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4. The Cheese Steak Shop

If you’re craving for a taste of Philly’s finest, take note of The Cheese Steak Shop which offers up juicy cheese steaks in delicious variants such as with pepperoni, French dip, or spinach and mushroom. However, our hands-down favorite is the monstrous The King of Philly (PHP699) which is a classic cheese steak on steroids. This one’s got the the traditional condiments of thinly-sliced grilled beef, grilled onions, sweet and hot peppers, American cheese, and provolone but with double the carne and queso.
Where to find them: 140 Amorsolo St, Legaspi Village, Makati; +63 2 5551818, www.cheesesteakshop.com.ph. Daily 11am-8:30pm.

5. Cheezalis Street Grilled Cheese

This new food stall doesn’t have a brick and mortar just yet, so we’ve been chasing them around the city to various events and pop-ups just to get a taste of their gooey grilled goodness. These wallet-friendly grilled cheese sandwiches go beyond the usual classics as they’ve got gourmet creations such as the B.J. (PHP120) which is loaded with bacon jam; Kimcheese (PHP100) which packed with kimchi and nori; and the T.T. (PHP120) which has got tapa teriyaki with arugula.
Where to find them: +63 917 8018577 or Facebook.

6. Bao Street

These guys are literally taking it to the streets with their delicious baos, which albeit steamed, can be seen as the Chinese version of sandwiches. Available during pop-ups and events are delights such as Pork Bao which includes with pork belly, crispy chicharon, and soy anise sauce; Beef Bao which consists of tender beef brisket, pickled slaw, and Korean chili glaze; and Chicken Bao which is filled with chicken satay, peanut sauce, pickled cucumber, and fried Thai basil.
Where to find them:  +63 905 4126951 or Instagram.

Top photo: Banh Mi Hanna Facebook page

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