At the corner of Elizabeth and Therry Street just at the start of Queen Victoria Market… You’ll find a tinted wide window just facing Elizabeth Street with big letters of “Meet Sando”, you can see the action of the cafe from outside. The entry door is just a little discrete, as it sits right at the corner with wooden green doors. Make sure you push a little harder to get inside…
Meet Sando only opened just over a month and you can see there’s been quite a bit of visitors already. Their high chair tables and high ceilings makes the cafe open and a nice area to unwind. Meet Sando is not the typical type of funky cafe with moderately loud pop music, their atmosphere is towards to quieter side but not to the point that you’re in a library. There’s still some background noise in the back to avoid any awkwardness of hearing other diners conversations…
We tried their coffees using Proud Mary beans and chai lattes. I enjoyed their soy latte – kudos to an attempted latte art for soy milk! 🙂
We ordered a few Sando’s that caught our attention, the Pork, Chicken and Prawn. each with a side of Ponzu dressed salad. All were very satisfying but our favourite was the Pork Sando, crumbed pork with tonkatsu sauce. The crumb was so light and cripsy that the tonkatsu sauce didn’t soak up the crumbs! Pork size was generous to the point the J said he was full from it all! Don’t get fooled by how it looks. We believe the price of $15 is good value for a lunch meal.
Chicken Sando was good too but in comparison with the Pork, the chicken had less dressing than Pork. Prawns were good too, good size for each prawn, but the crumb was not as much of a stand out as the Pork. I’m not saying Chicken and Prawn aren’t great, they are all great, it’s just the Pork Sando is highly recommended!
We also ordered a side of Sweet Potato fries with truffled mayonaise. The truffled mayo the just the perfect amount of truffle. Sometimes I get sick with too much truffle in one dish… but this one was just right. Sweet potato fries had very little batter, which was a plus to both of us… meaning I’m eating the real deal! The side had some umami seasoning (seaweed) which added the japanese taste to it all.
I’d recommend paying Meet Sando a visit if you drop by the market and want to have a sit down moment. The staff don’t rush you out, they are all working leisurely and happy to serve you. I know that they are working on creating some desserts and pastries coming up, so watch this space!
Location: 507 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Entree: 5/5 (Sweet potato fries)