There are few spots in London that have as good a reputation as Max’s Sandwich Shop in North London.
Finsbury Park residents whisper the name Max in their sleep salivating at his food and if you ever visit the area one of the first questions you’ll be asked is if you’ve visited.
Since moving to the area roughly four months ago I’ve been desperate to try the sandwiches so great that they’re not only deemed the best in London but one of the best in the world.
But sadly Max’s has been closed for roughly 18 months as a result of the pandemic.
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As the pubs, restaurants and coffee shops that surround the spot on Stroud Green Road slowly reopened the spot sadly remained shut.
However, while some doubters were afraid the shop may have been struggling my visit to the gastro café proved otherwise.
When I headed to the café on a rainy Sunday I was stunned to see a queue of five people standing in the rain. All were waiting for a seat in the atmospheric, wooden café.
Inside was Max himself. A passionate, and slightly sweary, man who is quite literally a living legend.
Alongside Max was a near perfect atmosphere. It felt more like I was in a craft ale pub in Bermondsey than in a sandwich shop.
While waiting 15 minutes for my order several passers-by stopped to say hello to their friends sitting eating or drinking inside- a testament to how many regulars visit the food spot.
Spoilt for choice with a range of beautiful sandwiches ranging from the classic ‘Ham, Egg and chips’ to ‘En Tu Brute? Murdering the Caesar,’ a sandwich featuring poached chicken, pickled grapes, drill pickle and anchovy mayo.
When I asked Max which to get he simply replied ‘all my children are equally beautiful.’
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I played it safe and opted for the ham and egg along with a box of perfectly fried chicken wings.
Guys, I can not describe how beautiful an experience going to Max’s is. It’s the sandwich equivalent of seeing a Van Gogh painting for the first time or riding a bike without stabilisers.
Every other sandwich I have eaten seem inferior and trapped in some kind of flavour deprived world.
The sandwiches were on the pricey side, most sandwiches cost £10.95, but they are worth every penny.
Max’s is the ultimate spot for a late nibble or to cure a hangover.
The shop is open between 6 and 11pm on weekdays, 11am-11pm on a Saturday and 11am to 6pm on a Sunday.