Monday, February 13, 2012

SMILE AND SAY... SANDWICHEESE!





          Are you one of those people that can't have a meal without rice?  Rina and her sister Chaikka, as well as a lot of my officemates absolutely refuse to have lunch or dinner without it. Me, on the other hand, I'm completely ok with a sandwich or burger for lunch. Maybe it's my fondness for bread that helps create a sense of satisfaction in my meals with a sandwich in lieu of rice, because sometimes, I actually even prefer it to a rice meal. I'm always on the lookout for a good sandwich, which is why I was immediately drawn to places such as Chuck's Deli, The Cheese Steak Shop and Elbert's Cheese Steaks.  

      I found out that one of my (and it seems everyone's) favorite restaurants, Bannaple, spawned a younger sibling right beside its first Katipunan branch, called "Sandwicheese", and I was immediately intrigued.  

       So last Saturday, after we took Baby Rain to the doctor for her check up, my tummy started grumbling. I told Rina that I wanted to check out Sandwicheese. 


      Because she was taking care of Rain whilst we were in the car, she wasn't really paying attention and she said, "Yes, yes, I want to go there." I asked her if she heard what I said because she was distracted with Rain and she said, "All I heard was 'Cheese'".





                Sandwicheese is a cozy nook with refreshing homey feeling. A sunroof covers the place, so the atmosphere is bright and vibrant. The dining area isn't really all that big so if you're a big party, things might get a little cramped (which is fine, depending on who you're with). Remember that its  along Katipunan, so parking might be a little difficult, but as you'll see, it will be totally worth it. :)


   THE FOOD






                    As I mentioned in my Elbert's Cheesesteak post, for some strange reason I like sandwiches wrapped in paper. It kinda reminds me of those Deli sandwiches that I would see in sitcoms (Joey's Meatball Sub in particular).



                I'm a firm believer that a good sandwich begins with its bread.. And thankfully, Sandwicheese's Cornmeal Bun knocks it out of the park. The bread was soft, yet served as a perfect casing to the meat that was laid inside it. Me being me, I ordered the Hickory Shredded Pork (P160). 



                The medley of garlic cream cheese and parmesan bounced off the tanginess of the hickory sauce that bathed the shredded pork just beautifully. The carmelized onions helped quell the strong flavor of the hickory sauce from going overboard. I enjoyed this so much, I didn't even realize those sneaky bastards snuck in a piece of Romaine lettuce in it. 


               
                       For Rina, I ordered the "Dripping Roast Beef" (P160). Like the Shredded Pork, they used the Cornmeal bun so we were already off to a good start. With its thick topping of cheese, it kinda looked like my Smoked Pork Sandwich. 



             But breaking the sandwich apart revealed it was nothing like Hickory Pork. I get what they meant by "Dripping" because the beef strips were so juicy, it got me thinking that some of its own juices were poured into it. If my order had a robust flavor of hickory, this was mild, creamy flavor, which had a light tinge of acid from the sun dried tomato cream cheese. 



                       Since we had Baby Rain along with us, we brought her Yaya Tata with us as well. She said she didn't want anything too far out or heavy so I ordered her the Grilled Cheese with French Onion Sandiwich (P130) from their vegetarian sandwich selection.




               The whole wheat Panini was toasted just right, with the Panini grill marks leaving wonderful golden brown streaks down its back. Lifting the top slice revealed a generous amount of caramelized onions laid on a bed of cream cheese. 

          A lesser man would've been too embarassed to say, "Yaya, can I have a bite of your sandwich?", but it looked so darn good I said what the hell (I ended up with two bites).

                  For you non-meat eaters (aka weirdos), Sandwicheese also has some salads to choose from. 

31 comments:

  1. Hi Richie! That's soooo cheesy! I might try this soon. :) I wonder if the group deal for Chuck's Deli is still on.. hmm.

    http://www.dekaphobe.com/

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    1. as far as I know it's still on :)

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    2. yup they're still open in serendra. i still havent tried it. boooo :(

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  2. Sandwich with meat and lotsa cheese..I like! But I like your cute and well-behaved baby more! :)

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    1. thanks edelweiza! i'm enjoying it while it lasts.. im thinking in a couple of months she's going to get more and ore kulit!

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    2. m <------ the other m fell down here

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  3. oh if it wasn't that far, i'd love to try it ASAP.. i super like sandwiches :D the owner is the same person who owns banapple right?

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    1. I don't blame you, Mylene! So am i! :)

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  5. Would love to try the Drippin' Roast Beef sandwich! Too bad they don't have fries nor onion rings.. :( They're staples whenever I eat sandwiches or burgers.

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    1. the dude from Sandwicheese tweeted me to say that the fries is being worked on as we speak :)

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    2. wow... :) yeah, there should be fries on the menu. perfect pair!

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  6. Hi Richie! "Yaya, can I have a bite of your sandwich?" Haha! This cracked me up! So did Yaya Tata like her sandwich?

    Looking at Rain while she's sleeping is bliss I'm sure =) We can just stare at them forever right?

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    1. I think she did because she rejected my offer to buy it from her at half the price! hehe

      The funny part is, when Rain is awake, we find ourselves trying our best to put her to sleep, but when she's asleep, we can't wait for her to wake up! :)

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  7. I'm one of the people who has a difficult time eating a meal without rice! :P But heck, these sandwiches look good, I think I'll be willing to try it anyway. Hehe.

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    1. haha Mary merienda nalang, para safe!

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  8. Haaaayyyy.... cheesesteaks.... :) Always a love-love affair with them ;) And this is so near home :D ! I did notice it before, but never knew this was form the same people as Banapple.

    I love their pastries and their meals, so this will probably be a promising visit :D

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    1. Bro Have you been to The Cheese Steak Shop along Arnaiz Ave?

      If ya guys go lemme know cuz its near my office lang :)

      http://www.thepickiesteater.net/2011/08/first-stop-at-cheese-steak-shop.html

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    2. I have heard some good stories about that. Yeah let's see if we can have a lunch there one of these days :)

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  9. i love cheese! so i'm excited to try this place :D the bit about biting your yaya's sandwich made me smile :D ang cute! ^^

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  10. your blog is THE BOMB. as in it brings in my hunger like a nuclear bomb. haha. I'm an avid reader and my family finds it funny how I know some restaurant's best sellers even though we've never eaten there yet..all thanks to you :D btw, your baby is such a cutieeeeee :D

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  11. Thanks so much Alia!! haha I'm so happy you're enjoying my blog! and thank you.. Baby Rain really is my princess :)

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    1. Thank you Gerri! Very much appreciated :)

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  13. Oh man, that place is just a short walk away from my Katipunan apartment. Gotta check it out one of these days. You had me at garlic cream cheese and parmesan on that hickory pork sandwich! No fries yet huh...I guess i'll just grab some next door at Food Camp. :)

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    1. You're in luck buddy, they now serve french fries! :)

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  14. OH MY... I'd go berzerk if I found myself in that cute little resto! I love the interior and of course, the sandwiches even more! I LOVE panini, how perfectly crispy, chewy and warm it is! That's seriously sandwich heaven! LOL at asking to bite off some of yaya's sandwich! :))

    Babe for Food - your BFF in Cebu dining! :)
    http://babeforfood.blogspot.com

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    1. Plan na your trip to manila so I can take ya to all these places!

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