Raphael Exton-Pery had worked just six days as a junior sous chef at Andrew McConnell’s new city spot Gimlet before coronavirus hit.
Jolly Good Sandwiches is a takeaway-only pop-up that’s set to open at Fitzroy North’s Eddie Gardens-adjacent wine bar Underwood in mid-September – and run every Saturday until Exton-Pery returns to work at Gimlet.
Now, while there are some damn good sangas around town, Exton-Pery wants to help drum up a Melbourne sandwich “culture” – as we have for coffee and brunch.
His contribution? “Fresh, everyday sandwiches,” he says, as opposed to the often-unhealthy “special occasion” ones that can line you up for a sluggish afternoon.
There’ll be four available to kick things off: rare roast beef with Swiss cheese, bread-and-butter pickles and citrus aioli; chorizo, manchego, charred roast capsicum and bitter leaves; herby, mayo-slathered chicken salad; and a classic Aussie salad sanga with crunchy pickled carrot and beetroot.
They’ll be made to order on crusty mini-baguettes using produce from Casa Iberica, Calendar Cheese and Northside Fruit & Veg (and come with Exton-Pery’s preferred sandwich side: corn chips).
A takeaway liquor licence is also in the pipeline, so expect a $20 sandwich-and-tinnie combo. And long-term, the plan is a two-in-one wine bar and sandwich shop.