When I was at uni there wasn’t much in the way of food offerings – nasty refectory food and make-you-own sandwiches was about the extent of it. Luckily for RMIT students, staff and nearby office workers that Hero Subs are available right on campus (they also have other stores at Collins Street and Hardware Lane plus soon Chadstone).
Hero Subs are all about bringing a bit of NYC to Melbourne and they’re owned by the folks behind another excellent CBD eatery, The Grain Store. The Brooklyn inspired sandwich bar sells freshly made oversized baguette sandwiches, aka heros, filled with a variety of hot gourmet fillings.
I was invited to try the menu and on my visit it seemed that the subs inspire a bit of a following – people were saying ‘oh I had that one yesterday, I’m going to try this one today’ and one guy was diligently going through the whole menu, day to day. Along with the standard menu there is a special sub offered every fortnight, with only 6 made every day. The prerequisite is that it must be decadent, indulgent and supreme in ingredients.
I tried half of a ‘By the Hour’ and half of ‘Catcher’, both on multi-grain ($12.80 for full, $8.20 for half). ‘By the Hour’ consisted of juicy slow-cooked pulled pork with apple cabbage slaw and corn salsa. Originally the corn salsa sat on top of the sub but customer feedback about the salsa slipping off and out of the sub all the time meant that they adjusted the order and now line the baguette with the corn salsa first. Nice to see a business listen to its customers (even if it does lead to a less photogenic sandwich).
‘Catcher’ was battered prawns slathered in creamy Thousand Island dressing and a bit of slaw, their version of a shrimp po’ boy. I found the batter too heavy for my liking and combined with the dressing too rich. Better to stick with the non-battered meat and if you must eat something deep-fried, choose the onion rings instead.
Don’t forget to end your sub lunch with some of their piping hot doughnuts. These balls of dough are crunchy on the outside, baby-chick fluffy on the inside and injected with molten raspberry jam or the flavour of the day – in my case, chocolate custard. I dare you to stop at one (so order 3 for $7 instead of 1 for $2.80 so there are no regrets)! Cute napkins too – because yes you will miss a spot :–)
Hero Subs is pretty small as it’s predominantly for takeaway trade, though there are a few high stools available for perching and a small dining area next door which is a bit lacking in atmosphere. If you take your sandwich back to your desk you’ll be sure to be the envy of your colleagues!
Hero Subs are opening at the Lower Ground Food court at Chadstone tomorrow, Thursday 10 April 2014. You can head down and grab a free sub at 12-2pm / 6-8pm during #freesubday.