Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: Olliffe’s roast beef sandwich
By Karolyne Ellacott
Olliffe's roast beef (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
After 35 years in the butcher biz, Olliffe knows what it’s doing. Owners Sam and Ben Gundy oversee Summerhill’s purveyor of top-notch meats, while head butcher Erica Jamieson — recently the subject of a Maclean’s piece — helps run the team of butchers. A complete reno three years ago freed up more space for the wide selection of meat, which includes Ontario elk, Quebecois Cornish hen and Australia Wagyu beef.
The sandwiches, however, are kept simple, and the store whips through 100 to 200 a day. Each one costs $6, and is available on a choice of bun brought in fresh daily: onion, savory challah, or a traditional Kaiser. We opted for the roast beef on the challah.
“This is a classic butcher shop deli sandwich,” Sam says.
The main draw is the P.E.I. roast beef, which is grass-fed and raised naturally (it’s hormone and antibiotic-free). Topping the meat with fresh tomatoes and shredded iceberg lettuce, the goods are smothered in a secret sauce: a blend of mayo, mustard and herbs.
For those ordering a bunch of sandwiches, a delightful 1969 Vespa truck will bring the goods right to your door, provided your order is big enough ($75 or more).
Olliffe, 1097a Yonge St., 416-928-0296
More of Toronto’s best sandwiches:
The tuna niçoise at Café Plenty
The curry chicken salad sandwich from The Federal
The vegan-friendly “cheeseburger” from Live Food Bar