Tucked away down a narrow, tree-lined street off Devonshire, and with no signage as of yet, you may indeed need a stroke of luck to find Lucky Pickle. We recommend searching hard until you find it, because this little sandwich bar is one of this city’s new lunch darlings.
Opened by Arash Katrak, who is helped out by his partner Anna Berry, Lucky Pickle was fitted out entirely by the duo, and the space is clean, simple, light and bright. With shiny white subway tiles lining the back wall, blond wood panels concealing fridges and elegant plants dangling from the roof, the pared-back décor leaves plenty of space to concentrate on the main event here – lunch.
Katrak, whom you may also spot behind the bar at tequila joint Tio's, has perfected his skills of the sandwich-making kind and following encouragement from his mates, has created a menu of five different options that will change seasonally, all served on a chewy white baguette. First up, a take on the bánh mì, with grilled pork belly, duck liver pâté, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, coriander, mayo and a slightly spicy sambal. Or try crisp fried chicken katsu with cabbage, sesame and tonkatsu sauce, or mortadella with smoked mozzarella, pistachio pesto and olives. There’s also a beef brisket option and a vegetarian sandwich with pear, goat’s cheese and walnuts if pork belly or beef ain’t your bag.
There’s not much seating room save for a couple of crates out the front, so take away is the name of the game here, but we suspect you won’t mind too much about that. With five days in the working week, start working your way down the list.
Shop 3, 509-511 Crown Street (enter via High Holborn Street), Surry Hills