Hi there folks! My series on Perth’s best sandwiches continues with this entry. This time round I’ve chosen to feature the mighty Italian delights of the Re Store and their amazing deli rolls, so if you like your sandwiches large and stuffed to the brim with delicious cured meats and cheese then this one is definitely for you.
Located just north of the Leederville coffee strip on Oxford St, the Re Store is an absolute institution of the Perth Italian culinary scene. Part deli/bottle shop/supermarket, there really isn’t anything related to the world of Italian gastronomy that you can’t get there. Be warned though folks, because if you’re anything like me you can wind up spending a dangerous amount of time and money in there! It’s like a meat, cheese and pasta smothered black hole that pulls you in, empties your wallet and then spits you back out again loaded down with all manner of delicious small goods. All of the staff speak Italian (you know it’s the real deal when you’re waiting behind someone’s ancient nonna ordering her prosciutto in the language of the old country) and will guide you through their sometimes overwhelming range of produce by offering suggestions and letting you sample before you buy; an extra touch of great customer service that is so often forgotten these days.
But of all the many delights the Re Store has to offer, their deli rolls are perhaps my favourite. My last sandwich-based entry on City Provisions’ amazing Bahn Mi likened its fusion of French and Vietnamese influences to biracial stunner Olivia Munn. Continuing this theme of sarnie analogies I would have to say that the Re Store deli rolls are the Lamborghini of the sandwich world: purebred Italian beasts stacked to the brim with meaty horsepower and possessing all the subtlety of a smack in the face with a sledgehammer.
There are a range of different meat/cheese/salad combinations on offer, but the only real option in my book is ‘the works’ (with some extra jalapenos thrown in for good measure), which will set you back the sum of $10.30. Now while that may seem a little steep for a sandwich at first glance, you have to keep in mind that it comes crammed with prosciutto, ham, salami, cheese, artichokes, roast capsicum and jalapenos in a bun that would choke a very large donkey. Finish off one of these bad boys on your own and you definitely won’t need an afternoon snack, or a very big dinner for that matter.
This is certainly not a sandwich for the faint of heart or small of stomach. There are literally layers upon layers of strong, salty, tangy elements that amount to a Romany orgy of flavour in your mouth. That being said, it’s not without some sense of balance. The acidity of the artichokes and the capsicum cuts through the fatty richness of the meat and cheese nicely. However, if that doesn’t necessarily float your Galley there are a load of other less overpowering fillings to choose from too. Grab a Pellegrino fizzy water to wash it down with and there are very few finer sandwich-based lunches to be had around town. The only problems you’re likely to encounter are a) being able to finish one all by yourself, and b) getting out of the place without spending a week’s wages on goodies to take home with you.