Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a selection of Spanish-inspired creations from Pimentón
By Karolyne Ellacott
Pimentón's flauta (foreground) and bocadillo sandwiches (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
The slabs of jamón serrano hanging in the window are the first clue as to Pimentón’s offerings. José Arato’s uptown space is part grocery store and part take-out joint, with a dash of cooking school on the side; the essence of Spain links everything together. Fire-engine-red and lime green walls set off rows of high-end products (think homemade strawberry jam and wedges of goat cheese), while salads and sides greet visitors from the countertop display.
We couldn’t help but fall for two of the Spanish sandwiches: the bocadillo and the flauta. Translating into “flute,” the flauta ($25) is a traditional Catalonian pick. Spotlighting the hand-sliced jamón ibérico, this Barcelonan go-to revs up the meat with tumaca — a blend of tomato sauce, olive oil and salt — and presents the goods in the region’s flute bread (another version of this sandwich, with jamón serrano, is considerably less extravagant at $12).
Next up is the bocadillo ($7.50). The name means “little bite” en español, but Arato clarifies: “This is not a bite! But people grab it and go.” An egg, potato and onion tortilla — brushed with a harissa-infused aioli — is laid out onto freshly-grilled focaccia, making for sandwich that’s found throughout Spain. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to leave with a bite of history.
Pimentón, 681 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 647-343-4870
More of Toronto’s best sandwiches:
The spicy bacon sandwich from Bonjour Brioche
The grilled rainbow trout sandwich at Buster’s Sea Cove
The roast beef sandwich at Olliffe