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Best of three – pastrami on rye

Can Liverpool's business district deli sandwich offering compare with the classic New York lunchtime legend? Read our verdict

Published on December 18th 2007.

Best of three – pastrami on rye

It’s as New York as Rudi Giuliani, the Brooklyn Bridge and mouthy cabbies. Pastrami on rye, together with its usual accompaniments of mustard and dill pickle, is the classic New York deli sandwich. Liverpool is said to have much in common with the Big Apple – and not just mouthy cabbies – but does it extend to making a mean pastrami on rye? We found out.

Old Hall Street, L3, and Castle Street, L2
(0151 227 4878)
The damage: £2.75 rising to over £3.
The dough: From pretty bog-standard brown to pumpkin bread. The latter was suggested as the best alternative in the absence of rye bread, and it wasn’t half bad although a little pricey.
The pastrami: A slightly spongy texture and, in truth, not the best for flavour.
The rest: Caramelised onion chutney gets no marks for authenticity but actually went quite well.
Cuts the mustard? The stars of this sandwich are the mini dill pickles which are like Yorkshire terriers – they don’t look much but they’ve got plenty of bite.
Rating: 5/10

Exchange Flags, L2, and Fenwick Street, L2 (0151 236 4004).
The damage: £2.50 (roll 60p extra).
The dough: Granary, with a pleasant flavour and certainly doing no harm to the overall effect.
The pastrami: A good portion of meat with a nice texture and good taste.
The rest: Dill pickle and excellent mustard mayonnaise with a good kick.
Cuts the mustard? That first mouthful is fabulous with the ingredients working in happy harmony. Runs Delifonseca's pretty close on all but the bread.
Rating: 7/10

Stanley Street, Liverpool 2
(0151 255 0808)
The damage: £2.95
The dough: Excellent, hand-made rye bread – moist and tasty.
The pastrami: Generous pile of first rate slices with a lovely, spicy flavour.
The rest: Gherkin with a very good, grainy, sweet and sour Moffatt’s mustard.
Cuts the mustard? Not the biggest of the selection but the best. An authentic, great tasting sandwich. The upstairs restaurant does a more elaborate version – thicker cut, warm pastrami, mustard and pickle on the side – but it doesn’t match up to this all-in-one taste sensation.
Rating: 9/10. Start spreading the news...

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chomperJuly 24th 2007.

Phillpotts for me every time. I love this place. Can you do overpiced crisps next time?

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