Taking inspiration from New York’s delis and diners, in mid-2020 Leor Haimes and Elliot Koren – the guys behind Bentleigh East’s Time & Place – opened the first Saul’s Sandwiches in Carnegie, in the city’s south-east.

In less than a year they opened a second shop focusing on hearty, loaded sandwiches in Hawthorn, and now a third in Bentleigh East. “It got to a point where we were selling out of sandwiches almost instantly [at Time & Place] and began to get a bit of a reputation for a delicious sandwich, so we decided to create Saul’s during the pandemic,” Haimes says.

Like its siblings, the latest outpost has a diner-like feel, with red-and-white tiles and a sprawling counter, as well as indoor and outdoor seating (for non-locked-down times). Splashed across the creamy white exterior is “Saul’s” in unmissable bright red cursive.

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Around eight sandwiches are available daily. There’s a smoked pastrami number with manchego, cavolo-nero slaw, horseradish mayo and kosher pickles; the Hoagie, packed with mortadella, salami, ham and provolone; and a saucy tuna melt. If you’re vego, go for the fail-safe eggplant cutlet (encased in a crunchy Ned’s Bake roll with broccoli rabe, red peppers and buffalo mozzarella), or there’s a chicken-parm one.

More breakfast-y options include an entirely vegan sausage-and-hash muffin, and a cheesy bacon-and-egg roll with barbeque sauce and a hash brown. There are also rotating weekly specials; in the past there’s been a Philly cheesesteak, a vegan meatball sub and a Cubano.

With your sanga of choice, get a coffee made with beans from Clark Street’s Cheltenham roastery and an ooey-gooey choux-pastry custard puff.

Saul’s Sandwiches is takeaway-only during Melbourne’s lockdown.

Saul’s Sandwiches Bentleigh East
929 Centre Road, Bentleigh East

Hours:
Mon to Fri 6.30am–3pm
Sat & Sun 7am– 3pm

@saulssandwiches

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