I usually try to avoid the CBD area like the plague on weekdays (as it just gets suffocating-ly packed), but had no choice one day - there were errands to be run, so I was in the area for lunch.
Interior of The Park Bench
A friend had introduced me to The Park Bench Deli quite some time ago, and I was craving a good sandwich, so we headed straight over.
I was initially surprised that it wasn't too hard to get a seat although it was in the middle of lunch time. I suspect this is due to the slightly higher price point - while the serving size is rather large, the simplest savoury sandwich (Fried Egg, Bacon and Cheddar on Brioche) is $10++, and goes as high as $17++ for a Meatball sandwich.
(Note: For an extra $5++ you can "Make it a Meal", with an added side of tater tots and a drink)
Looking out onto the busy street
That day, I opted for the Cheesesteak ($16++). It came with a generous amount of juicy sliced beef, sautéed onions and cheese sauce, nestled between some deliciously crusty bread. I really enjoyed it, but would struggle to finish it on my own for lunch.
Cross section of my Philly Cheesesteak
My hubby had the Cubano sandwich ($16++) - a tasty mix of savoury pulled pork, cheese, smoked ham with a little zing from the sauce (tasted like it had pickles in it?).
Cross section of the cubano sandwich
The tater tots we got on the side were absolutely delicious! So crispy on the outside, while still moist inside. It was also great that it wasn't too salty or greasy, which is usually the problem with such deep fried goodies.
(Note: They have proper Sriracha sauce here, and it goes very well with the tater tots - gives an extra spicy "kick")
Delicious Tater Tots
So, it's: Decent selection of delicious sandwiches, convenient location, friendly service BUT a bit pricy (although the serving size is worth it)....