June 15, 2021

Zaika

Livingston

‘I tried the ‘best sub in London’ and it ended up being the best sandwich I’ve ever tasted’ – Ben Kempton

3 min read

Since moving to Haggerston in North East London, I’ve had several people – friends and strangers I’ve met – ask whether I’d checked out Dom’s yet?

Who is Dom and what does he create?

The answer from everyone I asked that question to was all the same: it’s only the best sub shop in the whole of London.

After hearing this opinion multiple times I decided to do my own research.

My findings supported everything I’d heard.

The stellar reviews raved from, ‘best sandwiches in London’ to ‘hands down the best sandwich I’ve ever had’.

And ‘Dom’s Subs in Hackney have captured Londoners’ hearts over A-grade sarnies.



Inside Dom’s

Even the website got me excited, saying: “We’re talking layers. We’re talking colours. We’re talking a perfect handful that you’ll dislocate your jaw to get a total bite from.”

Now that is a lot of praise indeed.

The last time I heard something being bigged up this much was Little Moons ice cream – and they were bitterly disappointing.

So I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and give this place a go.

My research led me to believe that the ‘cold cuts’ sub was the best to go for.

It contains meat, and lots of it. Salami, mortadella, bresaola and last but not least, gabagool – which for fans of the Sopranos can only be pronounced in their best Tony accent.



The outside view of Dom’s from Hackney Road

Sliced provolone and Swiss cheese make an appearance.

Vinegar peppers, lettuce, mayo and tomato keep it fresh.

The whole thing is wrapped up in a house baked semolina sub roll.

There are of course others on the menu, from the Vegan Dom 2.0 to the Lamb Adana Ding Dong, but I had to try the chef’s speciality first.

The shop is located right next to Haggerston park on Hackney Road and is only open 12pm-14.25pm, luckily everyday of the week though.



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It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing, but in a way I kind of like the humbleness of it. It’s refreshing to not be surrounded by the luminescent lights and plasticy interior of the big food chains.

The prices vary from £8 to £10 and you can also get additional fillings for extra.

You can either have it delivered or collect your online order. I decided to not be lazy and pick it up, only to find hordes of people waiting outside. Others clearly had the same idea.

After a long wait I took my sub back home and tucked into it.

The verdict



Four different meats and two different cheeses all in one sub

Quite simply the best sandwich I’ve ever tasted.

All the different cured meats combined to create this overwhelming, rich, earthy flavour as well as a succulent texture.

The smooth cheeses made it deliciously creamy.

And the soft yet slightly crusty bread provided the perfect amount of bite.

But the real star of the show was the vinegared peppers. The tangy sweetness they provided accompanied the meat and cheese perfectly.

As Italian American Tony Soprano would say, ‘ è delizioso ’.

Now I just need to try and not order them everyday or else I might end up being the size of Tony.

Do you know of any better sandwich shops in London? Let me know at [email protected]

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