LOCATION: Frog on The Green, 119 Consort Road, SE15 3RU [map]
BREAD: Foccacia (I like to pronounce this FOCK A CHEE YA because I am childish)
FILLING: Goats’ cheese (where am I supposed to put that apostrophe? It’s more than one goat so I’m cool, right? I mean, it can’t be the milk from a solitary bearded gnarly old goat can it?), marinated artichokes and beetroot, salad leaves and a mustardy dressing.
PROS: Pro diddy pro diddy pro pro pro. I’m going to start by talking about the guy that owns this place; his name is John Gionleka. He used to work at The Square when Brett Graham was there and he jacked in the cheffing lark to open a little deli in Peckham. Respeck, blud! *finger whip*. So the point of me telling you this other than that it is interesting, is that it really bloody shows in his sandwiches. So instead of just spreading some goats’ cheese in his sandwich, he made a flippin fondue, yo! Of course he did, he’s a chef. He knows the fondue will be well gooey, giving that sandwich lots of sexy lubey love. Then there’s the veg and again it’s all about the attention to detail; artichokes, which are actually one of my favourite vegetables in the world and then beetroot which are, well, ditto. There are fresh mixed leaves which provide texture without coming out in one big piece and slapping against the chin, and they appear to be dressed in something heavy on the wholegrain mustard. I watch John making the sandwich and he does so with proper care and attention; controlling the ooze of the fondue, teasing the vegetables into submission, tangling the salad and dressing it, before seasoning with a genuine flourish.
This is one of the best (and largest) sandwiches to be had in SE London, and I say that confidently without even having tried them all. Also, ALSO, there was a cat. No not in the sandwich you sick mo fos!!! Hanging about around the deli. I am crazy cat lady. I could easily own about ten cats and start hoarding stuff and making wigs and cushions out of cat hair if only my friends and family would let me. Also, we ate our sandwiches listening to reggae. You look at this photo of Frog on The Green and tell me if you would expect to hear reggae inside. No, no you wouldn’t. This is the coolest deli ever. Fact.
CONS: Apparently (I say ‘apparently’ because I actually see this as a bonus), the sandwich was a little too large (HA HA HA, seriously?). I am told it was a little too ‘bready’. I can but report back.