“Dr Livingstone, I presume?” These were the first words uttered by journalist Henry Morton Stanley when he finally found Dr Livingstone in the African jungle in 1871. When co-owner Justin Blackford filled his then-new venue with plants, it reminded him of a jungle, and then Livingstone. Potted trees and vines, green turf and furniture and vertical gardens made out of wooden pallets come together to create the urban-jungle feel.

Blackford’s desire to create comfort food with a difference informs his toasted-sandwich creations, the main draw at Livingstone’s.

While combinations such as the Mac Daddy (triple-cheese macaroni and cheese) and the Bada-bing (a winning combination of Italian meatballs, garlic, rosemary, tomato sauce and Emmental cheese) have their admirers, it’s the ever-reliable ham and cheese that’s the favourite. At Livingstone’s, though, it’s called Slam ‘n’ Cheese and features smoked ham, béchamel sauce, seeded mustard and gruyere cheese.

Look to the specials board for the more inventive creations. The Raging Bull (a sandwich with red-wine-braised beef short ribs with balsamic caramelised onions and cauliflower cheese) is one of the regular guest sandwiches. Top Dup Donut brioche shells also feature.

Crema Coffee Roasters supply the beans. Combined with Blackford’s barista experience, customers can count on a reliable cuppa.

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Updated: February 20th, 2018

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