When they returned to Australia after living and travelling in Europe, Sam Shepherd and Annie Grace started working at Loaf Sandwiches, a tiny cafe near Cronulla train station. After a friend pointed out what a significant contribution the pair had made to the original shop, Grace and Shepherd offered to buy it.
Now Loaf is in a new, bigger space with a third partner (Kirsty Lissa). What isn’t made in-house isn’t far from it. Shepherd’s grandmother supplies some of the baked goods, and the Mr. Woods chai is homebrewed by a customer’s father. The coffee comes from another Shire institution, White Horse.
The menu features sandwiches with a twist. Bread options include Sonoma sourdough, Groundbake gluten-free bread and thick-cut bread from Cronulla Bakehouse. The jaffle trio is a highlight. There’s a ham, cheese and tomato toastie vamped with truffle oil; a three-cheese and jalapeño number; and a jaffle with house-made beans and cheese.
The bacon-and-egg roll, with either smoky barbecue sauce or Hands Lane tomato relish, is consistently the most popular thing on the menu. Lissa says the Hambo is an up-and-coming staple; a sandwich stacked with ham, Mersey cheddar, Westmont pickles, red cabbage, pickled carrots, mayo and mustard. But the team at Loaf are also open to substitutions; this local sandwich shop is the kind of place customers can get exactly what they want.