More often than not these are sandwiches the size of Volkswagen Beetles; Reubens piled high with tender meat; subs dressed with lashings of mustard and mayo; and hoagies bigger than your girlfriend. We saw them too, and yes, we shared that sense of gastronomic envy.
No more. Hong Kong’s first, authentic New York deli has opened at Central’s Jardine House, serving up a smorgasbord of smoked meat-stuffed sandwiches that will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your face, and let’s face it, a clog to your artery (but somethings are just worth the risk). Using an in-house 45-day aging process purportedly passed down from Jewish immigrant “Morty”, each piece of premium meat is spiced, rubbed and cured to perfection, before being smoked with American hickory and cherry wood chips to bring out the goodness within. From here it’s up to you – do you go with one of the house classics, like the Reuben, made with pastrami, Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and sauerkraut on home-baked rye; or do you go contemporary, perhaps with the Smoked Truffle Chicken with shitake, arugula and truffle on ciabatta? If you’re not a big red meat guy there’s smoked turkey and house-cured Atlantic salmon, as well as a host of salad options. And of course, you could leave your mark by creating a bespoke sub, in your name.
After all, no legacy lasts quite like one you can eat.
Shop 12-14 Lower Ground Floor, Jardine House 1, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central;
Tel: 3665 0900