Muffuletta at The Lockhart, Marble Arch

28 Jan

LOCATION: The Lockhart, 22-24 Seymour Place, W1H 7NL [map]

PRICE: £12 for 1/4 of a 34cm loaf, with crisps (REALLY good crisps which they make themselves).

BREAD: Big, round, sesame seeded loaf (bit like focaccia).

FILLING: Napoli salami, mortadella, hot capicola, provolone cheese, piquant tapenade sauciness.

PROS: I love the fact that I have to explain to at least 3 other people at the table what a muffuletta is. ‘IT’S A SANDWICH! I’VE GOT A RECIPE FOR IT IN MY BOOK!!’. They look at me with a mixture of thanks and pity. Mostly the latter. It’s a cracking sandwich though. A hollowed out loaf (traditionally a muffuletta), is rammed with layer upon layer of different meats and cheeses, and topped with a sort of zippy tapenade made of olives, capers, pickles, vinegar, herbs and olive oil. Well, that’s what’s in my recipe anyway. This tastes pretty much the same. There’s a lot to be said for layering a shitload of meats and cheeses on top of one another; the overall effect is a big protein squidge that amounts to ultimate sandwich satisfaction.

There’s a story that the sandwich was invented by a wily New Orleans grocer who spotted weary workers balancing various lunch ingredients on their knees. He thought he might be onto something by stuffing the lot rather conveniently into a sandwich and it took off immediately. What’s not to like? It’s a giant stuffed loaf, FFS. Also, I’ve not come across one anywhere else in London, so a bonus point for that.

CONS: I want to just sit in the corner and eat the whole thing to myself. We’re there for dinner though, aware that this is just a bar snack while we wait for others to arrive. We’re staring down the barrel of a meal of fried chicken, shrimp and grits, creamily dressed salads and and and and…is it wrong that I would’ve been happy with another wedge of muffuletta? I have a problem.

SCORE: 8/10

Yeah it was really dark…you get the idea. 

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10 Responses to “Muffuletta at The Lockhart, Marble Arch”

  1. gina January 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    we had a muffaletta on the menu in our work canteen last week!

    • londonreviewofsandwiches January 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      What the actual?! Have a search for ham sandwich on here to see what we get in my work canteen.

  2. LondonS January 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Oh. My. God.

  3. Jess January 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Looks tasty, but part of me balks at the idea of paying £12 for a sarnie!

    • londonreviewofsandwiches January 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

      Yeah, I see where you’re coming from. I guess it depends on how you look at it. There’s some seriously good ingredients in there and lots of em

  4. Gene January 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    The Muffaletta is definitely in the pantheon of all-time sandwich classics. It’s like an antipasta platter shoved into a loaf of bread – all the good stuff is in there! I had one from a new place a couple of weeks ago and, sadly, it wasn’t very good. Yours looked infinitely better!

  5. Marco March 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Gnam Gman..I have to try this!

  6. Jonathan May 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Yes. Love it. Must try it.

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