MELBOURNE | This city is going crazy over sandwiches at the moment, and one of the best spots to grab a quality one is at Jolly Good Sandwiches in Fitzroy.
Chef Raphael Exton Pery, who has worked at Melbourne restaurants like Gimlet and Little Andorra, has been running Jolly Good as a pop-up over the past few years, particularly during lockdown. A car accident and a month out of action saw Raph reassess some things, and now Jolly Good is back as a semi-permanent fixture inside recently expanded craft beer, wine, and spirits bar, Near & Far.
The concept is simple. A core range of delicious, quality sandwiches using Cobb Lane sourdough baguettes, with a rotating limited option, a few sides, jars of house pickles, and coffee. You can grab takeaway or enjoy it at the bar with some quality booze.
I enjoyed three sandwiches (two I paid for, one was free) with a friend, along with a few craft beers (Near & Far is one of Melbourne’s best craft beer spots, and their wine selection is also excellent).
From the core range, the French Dip is a must try. You might remember my post about the lockdown version that Bar Liberty did last month. Long story short, it’s a beef and cheese sandwich that originated in Los Angeles, that’s severed with the beef broth as a dipping sauce. The version at Jolly Good is excellent, and I believe the only place in town where you can find the French Dip on a regular menu.
I also enjoyed a light chicken sandwich with citrus-herb mayo, cucumber and lettuce, and the limited kransky, pickle and curry mustard roll. All really good, along with some corn chips and pickles to snack on.
Jolly Good Sandwiches
375 Brunswick Street
Sat – Sun, Wed – Thu: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Fri: 11:00am to 8:30pm