There is an infamous character in Surrey’s food community. A man known for his vulgarity, flamboyancy and outrageous sandwiches. They call him the Sandwich Nazi.
Kevin Chua and I talked about visiting the Sandwich Nazi and since we had some time off from school, we decided to make the trip out to North Surrey. We took Kevin Basanti along as well (you may remember him from the Lincoln MKS review), just for the awkwardness he is known to bring to any event.
With a little help from Google Maps, we soon pulled up to a small deli named La Charcuterie Delicatessen. There was a sign on the door that warned anyone considering entering that they may be exposed to foul language and nudity. This is our forte, so the sign only intrigued us.
We walked in and to our surprise, there was a lineup. We didn’t expect a line up based on the unassuming exterior of the shop. There were about ten people in line before us however, we were entertained as Salam (the Sandwich Nazi’s real name) cracked jokes with all the customers. Being the only people of colour at the shop, Salam informed us that he didn’t serve visible minorities on Thursdays. We couldn’t help but chuckle a bit. The Sandwich Nazi has a dirty sense of humor. Don’t go unless you can take a joke about genitalia, race, sex, et cetera.
Finally, it was our turn to order. Customers can choose a sandwich from the main menu, but it is best to tell Salam to follow his heart in preparing a sandwich. Just be sure to say please and thank you or you might get scolded for bad manners. And no matter what you do, don’t use your cell phone in the shop or you’ll be in trouble with the Nazi.
Salam’s creation for me was monstrous. There were at least six different kinds of meat stacked about two inches thick on the fresh bun. He weighed the sandwich and it came in at over two pounds. This beast cost less than eight dollars. We ordered two sandwiches for the three of us and embarked on an eating challenge unlike any other we had faced before.
The first bite was difficult. I tried to take a proper bite but almost hyperextended my jaw trying to get my mouth around the thing. My technique definitely did not work. We finally figured out that we would have to take small bites top to bottom to work away on the behemoth.
I pride myself on my ability to eat ridiculous quantities of food. Half of this sandwich had me at my limit. Both Kevins barely made a dent in their portions before I managed to kill my half. The manly challenge came next! The Kevins declared that if I finished the other half of the sandwich, they would idolize me on a Chuck Norris level. I never back down from a challenge, and I wasn’t going to let a sandwich change my nature. Little did I know that this challenge would prove to be monumental.
I powered through the first few bites but like a marathon, it got more difficult as I continued the challenge. Chicken, ham, salami – all things that I love, were causing me so much pain. Regardless, I was determined to finish. As you can tell by the pictures, the sandwich broke Kevin Basanti’s will, so my friend gave up. I finished my whole sandwich before Kevin Chua finished his half. Without a doubt in my mind, I was a man amongst boys that day.
Overall, it was a fun experience visiting Salam at his deli. I encourage food lovers to visit La Charcuterie Delicatessen. However, if you don’t have thick skin or are taking a girl out on a first date, it would be best to avoid this shop. The sandwiches are great and you can even earn bragging rights if you have the courage to do so.