South Dowling Sandwiches


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Occupying a corner terrace, on the edge of Darlinghurst and Paddington, South Dowling Sandwiches is the kind of establishment that everyone wishes was their local.  Don’t let its seemingly petite size fool you, this remarkably well-oiled operation churns out several hundred orders a day; nearly everything is made on-site, from produce delivered daily fresh from the markets.

The emphasis here is on handmade and homecooked goodness. The famous caramelised carrots are washed and julienned by hand, with the caramelisation process taking almost an hour. Their red pesto is the result of 10kg of tomatoes being reduced, requiring 4 hours of preparation and cooking. And let’s not forget the beloved chicken schnitzel, which is cut, tenderised and crumbed right on premise, and even cooked per order — it’s no wonder why they’ve become such a hot favorite.

This dedication, however, doesn’t just stop at the sandwiches. The salads are also meticulously prepared: each salad features 15 unique ingredients (including the caramelised carrot, lentils, grilled zucchini and potato salad) – truly an one of the kind. Rounding of the impressive food, are a wide selection of beverages, including coffee from The Little Marionette.

Since taking over SDS 4 years ago, owner Avi Labi, has revamped what was already a successful venture into not just a hopping lunch spot, but a celebrated brand.  In the span of a few years, this little joint has amassed a huge following. Their fanbase range from loyal locals, to corporate clients, to Sydney celebrities: Ricki-Lee Coulter and the Sydney Swans (whose dietitians even work with the SDS team) are just some of the devotees. This personalised treatment isn’t only reserved for sporting heroes, every single order can be tailored to individual tastes.

With no corners cut and a commitment to quality, Mr. Labi’s philosophy is simple: “If I won’t eat it myself, it won’t be at South Dowling Sandwiches.” On a recent visit, we experienced this hospitality firsthand: the food was superb, and the service fast + super-intuitive (one regular had his order ready the moment he walked in!) But don’t take our word for it, go and see what all the fuss is about for yourself!

Where: 377 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst
When: Mon – Sat: 7.30am – 4pm (last orders at 3.15pm)
Contact: 02 9360 9355 | www.southdowling.com.au

 

 

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