The latest recommendation comes from Rob Heidenreich, co-founder of Saha International Cuisine. They make mean marinades, and we’ve learned anything from this blog it’s that the secret to a great sandwich is the sauce.
Rob’s career in food has taken me from chef school at George Brown College throug test kitchens, kitschy cafés and fine dining restaurants. Most recently, Rob worked in the kitchen of Pangaea in Toronto, and in May 2010 with business partner Rahul Jain launched Saha.
What makes a good sandwich?
My first forays into the world of food and cooking were all sandwich related. Whether it was the slapdash PB&Js I hastily prepared for school lunches (when such a thing was still kosher) or the rather laboriously crafted, Dagwood-style monstrosities I would indulge in while watching afternoon baseball on weekends, sandwiches provided a medium that made cooking accessible to me at an early age. This is what makes sandwiches so special — they allow the budding culinarian to experiment with complimentary and contrasting flavours and textures without having to actually “cook” anything. In addition, they’re a complete meal that one can hold in one’s hand. The sandwich provides protein, vegetables, starch and sauce all in one tidy (or preferably not so tidy) package.
My current favourite, not so tidy package comes from the good folks at Nasib’s. We here at Saha are in the shawarma business. We produce a marinade for people who want to make shawarma at home, we eat shawarma all the time, we know shawarma. Nasib’s is, hands down, the best shawarma sandwich in Toronto. My choice is always the beef (with lamb when available), lovingly seasoned and slow roasted to charred perfection, with everything on it — shredded lettuce, cabbage, pickled turnips, tomatoes, sliced onion, parsley, hummus, tahini sauce, garlic sauce, hot sauce and (if you ask nicely) their delicious Nasib’s salad, all wrapped in a thin layer of pita bread. The price? Get this: two for $7. Although I usually end up eating them both, the sane and fit among you will surely want to take a friend along to take care of the second sandwich. That being said, once you try it, it’s unlikely that you’ll still want to share!
(Photo above: Rob on the right with the owner of Nasib’s. We suspsect it’s only a matter of time before his photo is on their wall.)
Nasib’s, 1867 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto, $3.99 or two for $6.99