I still remember a few years ago when all you could find in Dublin was a ham and cheese toastie or a chicken fillet roll. Now Dubliners are spoilt for choice when it comes to sandwiches and even more so since Meet and Meat opened their doors on South William Street.
First of all the place looks brilliant from outside, with its red facade and striped awning. When you walk in you'd easily think that you had stepped into one of those fancy New York deli style eateries.
I was a little hungover and meeting a friend for lunch that day, I saw their breakfast menu but unfortunatly was too late... I think I'd have gone for a black pudding and apple chutney roll (€5) or a breakfast hot dog (€6.50) otherwise.
During the day, Meet and Meat is a coffee shop serving mostly gourmet sandwiches but also soups, roast meat and baked goods. In the evening time the place turns into a wine bar with flat breads, charcuterie, cheese boards and light artisan food bites you can enjoy with some vino.
The interior is great with some cured ham hanging from the ceilings, black and white tiles, bricked walls and bistro style stools.
What about the food then? I ordered their 'Sticky ham and egg' (€6.90) which my hangover happily received. The bread was excellent, very fresh, light and filled with tender roast ham, bacon jam (oh yeah!), sauerkraut, pickles and dijon mayo.
My lunch companion went for the Rustic ruben (€7.50), a substantial option with the same delicious bread filled with pastrami, pickled fennel, roast beetroot, baby spinach leaves and American mustard. She enjoyed it a lot without sharing, I might have had a little sandwich envy there.
Sandwiches are pricier than most other places but they're good and the location is unbeatable. The evening menu seems reasonable: a tenner for a charcuterie board or €9 for a cheese board which I'm yet to try. Meet and Meat is a nice little addition to the expanding gourmet sandwich scene, we don't have to be jealous of New York anymore.
Meet and Meat
1-3 South Willliam Street