Here at Secret London, we’re always on the hunt for the best food our city has to offer. And finding the best burgers, tacos, and restaurants is not as easy as it sounds. There are, after all, so many options and so much competition in our fair city. Our search for the best sandwich in town, however, has just progressed with the arrival of a new little spot in Notting Hill: The Secret Sandwich Shop (which gets brownie points from us for the name alone) makes some utterly beautiful sarnies which are almost too pretty to eat, but just TOO GOOD to resist. Let these images speak for themselves:
Look. At. That. Mouthwatering. Goodness.
Are you drooling yet?
The sheer size of these sandwiches is one thing, but just look at the BEAUTY. The fluffy thickness of the bread — the meticulously placed layers of colourful veggies and runny eggs and pastrami — as you can tell, we’re just really heckin’ impressed by these sandos.
And of course, we simply had to go along and give the place a try ourselves!
Where to find Secret Sandwich Shop…
The Secret Sandwich Shop is located above the Globe on Talbot Road. (A basement nightclub that we hear also has its own secret in the form of a hidden speakeasy behind velvet curtains…). Keep an eye out for their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sign, and you’ll know you’re in the right place!
The restaurant specialises in Japanese Wanpaku sandwiches made with pillowy shokupan bread. Apparently, ‘Wanpaku’ means ‘cheeky’ or ‘naughty’, and that describes these bad boys pretty well. The slices are stacked with layers upon layers of meat, cheese, eggs, fresh vegetables, and sauces, and are then cut in half. On the menu, you’ll find classics like The Ham & Cheese, and The Tuna Mayo, but also creative creations like The Hungry Dane stuffed with pastrami, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, jalapeños, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, and Kewpie. Phew, what a mouthful!
But you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a more enticingly enigmatic sandwich to order than their eponymous signature menu item, The Secret Sandwich. With seasonal veggies, avocado, tomato, and Kewpie mayo, it’s a flavour-packed delight of freshness and seasonality.
Their menu also features select snacks and drinks, ranging from Pocky and Dream Animals crackers to sake, Ramune soda, filter coffee and more.
Before they opened their Notting Hill location, Secret Sandwich Shop started out by delivering their sarnies via their own app. You can still order their sandwiches for delivery, plus earn loyalty points which you can use to buy merch or food.
Living up to their name, there are rumours that the folks behind Secret Sandwich Shop occasionally throw private parties in Notting Hill. In their website FAQs, they state: “Why not contact us and we can let you know more about our secrets.” A secret sandwich party sounds pretty intriguing… count us in!