I’m always on the hunt for something interesting to eat for lunch close to work. Food carts are great, but I’ve actually tried a majority of the ones close by so I’ve been seeking out new restaurants to try out instead.
Yelp wasn’t a big help for this because a lot of the suggestions were restaurants that I’d see myself going to for dinner, not lunch. I ended up digging around some posts from Foodology and found Diana’s post on this gem back in 2012. The decor looked pretty awesome and the sandwiches looked amazing! In looking up Hubbub Sandwich’s location, I was pretty surprised to find out how close it is to the Art Gallery – how have I not come across this until now??
Hubbub Sandwich is located on Hornby Street – it’s on the opposite end of where all the posh coffee shops/bakeries are. There used to be a Starbucks close to Hubbub, but that seems to have recently closed down. It’s a pretty bare street, with shops that aren’t very eye-catching, so I hope Hubbub continues to draw in big lunch crowds.
It’s not huge inside, but there is plenty of seating. The decor is fantastically minimal.
Their menu is pretty simple: you pick a protein and don’t mess with the sandwich! You can add some additional sides and drinks. For the healthy people and vegetarians out there, Hubbub has a veggie sandwich and can provide all their sandwich options as a filling salad.
They have a really nice open kitchen, allowing you to see their sandwich building skills in action.
I’m a big fan of pork, so I had to get their Pork Sandwich. It’s marinated for 24 hours and then slow roasted – doesn’t get any better than that! Hubbub also offers beer/wine on tap as well as some bottled beverages. I asked the gent taking orders for a recommendation, and he suggested the Red Stripe Jamaican beer as an epic combination to go with the Pork Sandwich.
It’s my first time having Red Stripe, but it paired really well with the sandwich.
The sandwich was pretty beastly in size! I was pleasantly surprised by how huge it was.
The bread looked amazing – lightly crispy on the outside with a nice soft doughiness on the inside. Fantastic colour and perfect thickness for holding everything together.
I can see why Hubbub gathers line-ups during lunch hour – their sandwiches have an amazing flavour profile and they do not skimp on the protein. It’s not for everyone though; the sandwich overall was fairly spicy because of the jalapeños layered throughout the sandwich. I’m sure you could ask them to remove the jalapeños, but I think it wouldn’t be the same without the heat and pickled flavour.
The pork itself was excellent. Very tender and juicy. The bread combined with all of this really makes this a killer sandwich. There is also just the right amount of greens and thick onions to bring it all together. One thing to note though is that the jalapenos masked some of the pork flavour. It’s there, but it doesn’t hit you like a pulled-pork sandwich would.
Combining this sandwich with the Red Strip was just brilliant. Red Stripe, being a lighter malty lager with a full body taste, brought out the jalapeño and pork flavours. Having a bite of the sandwich then sipping the beer added a unique finish that kept me wanting more. If the sandwich weren’t so huge, I probably would have wanted another!
You can also order their sandwiches online, which makes Hubbub a great option for people with offices nearby. I know I’ll be bringing my coworkers here at some point in the future!