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What’s on the menu at Leslie’s Sandwich Room, Leslieville’s new spot for heaping house-made sammies

Plus kettle chips flavoured in house with everything from ketchup to peanut butter

By Liza Agrba| Photography by Nicole and Bagol
What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies

Name: Leslie’s Sandwich Room Contact: 969 Queen St. East, @lesliessandwichroom, lesliessandwichrooms.com
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Owners: Dane Kumar, Eileen Tsoumaris, Katherine McCallum and Neil Marley Chefs: Katherine McCallum Accessibility: Fully accessible

The partners behind this new Leslieville sandwich spot have worked together for a long time. They all started at Brant House, a King West lounge that was later supplanted by a nightclub called the Citizen and is now home to upscale Greek spot Myth—all owned by the same hospitality company headed by industry vet John Tsoumaris. After all these years, they’re essentially a chosen family and have come together once again to stake their claim in Leslieville’s increasingly rich sandwich scene.

What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies

Dane Kumar, who started as a busboy at a strip club 20 years ago and worked his way up the industry ladder, owns the building and lives upstairs. He’s a bit of a serial entrepreneur—during the pandemic, he sold PPE out of what is now Leslie’s Sandwich Room. But this business is more than a mere commercial venture. For one thing, given the proximity of the proprietor (who regularly refills his cookie stash from the restaurant’s coffers), you can bet he has a vested interest in the quality of his offerings. And quality they are: virtually everything, including chewy focaccia, roast beef, salmon and an array of excellent sauces, is made in house.

What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
The food

There’s a menu of premium sandwiches, a handful of tasty salads, and kettle chips flavoured in house with everything from ketchup to peanut butter and vanilla. There are also a few desserts, including a very respectable chocolate chip cookie. All the sandwiches—except the “711” egg salad, which is served on plain white—come on house-made focaccia, baked with honey for a touch of sweetness.

The roast beef on La Boeuf and the salmon on the Cure are roasted in house, and deli meats are sliced fresh every day. Texture is king here: almost every sandwich includes a crunchy element, like crispy shallots or rye croutons.

Here’s a closer look at what’s on offer.

What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
Among the house-flavoured kettle chips is a fairly unusual variety: peanut butter and vanilla, inspired by Depression-era “potato candy” (potatoes rolled with peanut butter). Salty, sweet and moreish, this iteration is anything but depressing. $3.25

 

What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
A take on the classic New Orleans muffuletta, the Nola layers provolone, house-made olive salad and white anchovies with a quintet of soppressata, copa, prosciutto cotto, genoa salami and mortadella. Here, it’s pictured with everything else that comes in combo two, or the “lunchbox”: a salad (chopped, in this case), a soft drink and a bag of kettle chips. $17 for the sandwich, $25 for the combo. (There’s also a $21 lunchbox that comes sans salad)

 

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What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
The Cure, despite its name, is made of house-roasted (not cured) salmon, dill, beets, crunchy rye croutons and a delectable horseradish mayo. $17

 

La Morta
You can’t open a sandwich shop in Toronto these days without a mortadella number—hence, La Morta. Cilantro pesto, fresh mozzarella and crunchy pistachios do much for the humble, delicious deli meat. $17

 

The 711 stacks three layers of super soft white bread with egg salad spiked with lemon and kewpie mayo
The 711 stacks three layers of super-soft white bread with egg salad spiked with lemon and kewpie mayo. Then, three sides of the sandwich are coated in more kewpie, green onions and house-made togarashi (Japanese seven-spice). This is the only sandwich not served on house focaccia. $16

 

What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
The beef roasted in house for La Boeuf is New York strip—that is, good enough for a steak. It comes with sharp cheddar, crispy shallots and horseradish mayo. It’s tender, deeply savoury and hefty enough for two meals (though it won’t last that long). $17

 

The Green Eggs and Ham
We would like this here or there; we would like it anywhere—this is the Green Eggs and Ham, where eggs and a trio of pork pâté, bacon and ham is brightened with romaine and green goddess dressing. $17

 

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What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
This is the vanilla ice cream sandwich, bookended with chewy-crispy house-made chocolate chip cookies. $7

 

The drinks

Out of neighbourly deference to the nearby Pilot Coffee, there’s no java here. (You’re welcome to bring in a cup of Pilot’s finest to eat with your sandwich.) But there is Blink-brand tea and a nice selection of soft drinks like La Croix, Grüvi non-alcoholic sparkling rosé and Italian sodas like Orangiata.

The space

You know how sandwiches somehow taste better outside? There’s faux ivy on the ceiling to simulate that experience, matching the real ivy climbing the walls outside. Forest green is the brand colour here—which, funnily enough, started with Kumar’s choice of chair and worked its way out from there. There are wood finishes, big windows (read: plenty of light) and photos of old-timey Toronto on the walls. It’s warm, bright, and comfortable enough to eat in or out.

What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies
What's on the menu at Leslie's Sandwich Room, Leslieville's new spot for heaping house-made sammies

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