I love gourmet sandwiches and when I have a craving for one, Malibu Sydney is the first place I think of to satisfy my craving. Malibu Sydney is not a place that screams find me, quite the opposite actually. You'll have to walk down Elizabeth Street towards Central station, past House the Thai restaurant until you get to the Illustrated Man Tattoo Studio. From here you have to turn left into Foster Street and tucked away near the corner is Malibu Sydney. This place is tiny, if you blink, you may very well miss it. Tiny or not, the queues at lunch are crazy for either one of their mammoth sandwiches or salads, which are all made from scratch once you order. They take their sandwich making seriously here, and if you don't get here early enough, you will have to wait, but it'll be worth it.
Lunch today was going to be a Malibu sandwich affair, as my friend Pho Girl and I, decided that it was about time we satisfied our Malibu sandwich cravings. However, instead of queuing and ordering when we got there, we decided to place a phone order before their 11am deadline, for pick up before noon in order to avoid the lunch rush.
|Turn left here...|
|walk along Foster Street...|
|here we are, home to sandwich heaven.|
We arrived before noon and there was no queue for pick up either, much to our relief, as once the sandwich making sessions start, preordered or not, you'll have to wait your turn. Now, I almost always order my special combination of brown Vienna bread with their poached chicken, vegetables, roasted tomatoes, avocado and mayonnaise. On occasion, I stray and go for the chicken schnitzel but that is another combination altogether. Today was a poached chicken sandwich day, for sure.
If you thought I was joking about how mammoth these sandwiches were, I definitely wasn't. The sandwich is almost as long as their A4 page menu.
|Our sandwiches compared to their A4 menu|
Pho Girl and I lugged our parcels back to work. We couldn't wait to unveil them and munch away. When we got back to the office my sandwich almost dwarfed the tissue box on my desk.
|My very healthy parcel|
I can never fault this sandwich, except that they are too big. It's certainly not a bad fault, but Cheesecake Boy has to eat one half for lunch and the other half for dinner, as the fillings are a meal in itself. The bread is incredibly soft and the fillings are so fresh and flavoursome.
|My lovely brown bread sandwich in all it's splendid glory, $13.50|
The poached chicken in this sandwich is tender and succulent, but what really does it for me in this sandwich are the vegetables that I am sure are pumpkin and definitely zucchini and carrot. The vegetables are perfect against the avocado and chicken, and the roasted tomatoes gives the sandwich a nice acidity. The final touch of the creamy, but tangy mayonnaise is divine.
|The filling: poach chicken, vegetables, roasted tomatoes, avocado and mayonnaise|
This sandwich is truly magical, I don't know a person who has tried one of these sandwiches, and not fell in love with them. If you're crazy about sandwiches and haven't made the trek down to Malibu Sydney, you are seriously missing out.
Happy sandwiching, Dumpling Girl.
62 Foster Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9280 2233