The Lucky Pickle
Nothing is quite as simple yet satisfying as a well-crafted sandwich. But it’s a lot harder to get right than you’d think.
Arash Katrak came up with the idea for a small sandwich shop when he was working the bar at Tio’s. He and partner Anna Berry perfected the product before handing over to Schez Umrigar and Ricky Nanda in 2016.
Besides switching to Di Lorenzo coffee, the duo hasn’t messed with the formula too much. Lucky Pickle continues to pack those golden, chewy rolls with the same fillings that locals and workers in Surry Hills have come to know and love.
Taking out the number-one spot is the Japanese-inspired chicken katsu roll with cabbage, sesame, mayo and tonkatsu sauce. Coming in a close second is the grown-up banh mi with golden pork belly, duck-liver pâté, pickled daikon, mayo and sriracha. And finally, you’ll have to fight the vegetarians for the pumpkin, caramelized onion, gruyere, ricotta and walnut toastie.
The compact, light-filled spot seats roughly 12, which makes takeaway the way to go. Order up, and within five minutes your lunch will be neatly wrapped in brown butchers paper, ready to take back to your desk.
Just make sure you get in early. Lucky Pickle sells more 160 sandwiches every day, and often runs out before the day is over.