Cardiff now has its very own salt beef sandwich shop in the form of City Salt Beef, which opened last week on the former site of Deli a gogo on Charles Street (part of the Coffee a gogo chain, with branches on nearby St Andrew’s Place and in Whitchurch).
City Salt Beef is still owned by Coffee a gogo, but the rebrand focuses on what the shop has become known best for – it’s salt beef and reuben (pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing) sandwiches.
I popped along to City Salt Beef last week with my friend, Sarah. Besides salt beef and reuben sandwiches, the menu features four options including smoked salmon, halloumi and hummus, roast turkey and the city club, each of which could be served on either artisan bread or a bagel.
Sarah was very keen to try the salt beef sandwich (£7), so I went for the city club (£5.50). It was a bright, sunny day and so we sat in the outside dining area at the front of the shop (as you can probably tell by how bright my pictures are – oops!)
The salt beef sandwich was packed full of meltingly tender sliced salt beef and gherkins, served with mustard on caraway and rye bread. The salt beef is sourced from London-based cured meats specialist, Hensons and cooked at City Salt Beef. It looked delicious – if I wasn’t so busy tucking into my sandwich, I would’ve asked for a little taste (but I guess that just gives me an excuse to return for lunch on another day!) Sarah really enjoyed her salt beef sandwich and she would happily order it again, although she would ask for slightly less mustard next time.
Meanwhile, the city club sandwich was packed with grilled chicken, crispy bacon, Swiss cheese, fresh tomato and lettuce, served with mayonnaise on toasted white bread. The creamy, sweet taste of the Swiss cheese tasted delicious paired with the chicken and bacon, although the bread seemed a little dry – a little more mayo may have done the trick.
I will most definitely be making a second journey to City Salt Beef. It’s refreshing to have somewhere new to visit when I’m fancying a sandwich and I can’t wait to sample the salt beef for myself, although the halloumi and hummus sounds just as tempting.
City Salt Beef
(029) 2023 5141
City Salt Beef’s Facebook page
I was invited to City Salt Beef as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.