It was a flying visit that I paid to Paul’s Original Sandwich House (P.O.S.H), yesterday, as I was on my way to catch a bus across town.
I must admit that when I ended up in Le Sandwich, the other day, I was actually aiming for P.O.S.H but did my usual thing of getting Hanover and Frederick Streets, and the businesses contained thereon, completely muddled up. No matter how long I live in this fair city, I will never quite get that straight in my head.
Whatever the case, I did actually manage to find my target destination today, gently padding down the steps to its subterranean confines. The place is pretty simply decked-out, and there’s a large deli counter with a generous selection of breads and fillings.
As I was eating on the run, I forewent my usual soup, opting for a thin brown multi-seed baguette to be filled with pastrami, brie and a little rocket and tomato salad. The girl serving behind the counter prepared the roll with considerable care and attention, carefully slicing the pastrami, lengthways. I was quickly on my way, and soon aboard a Lothian bus, heading westwards.
I was happy with the sandwich, with both bread and filling proving to be of good quality. I can’t say it particularly got my pulse racing, though. It was solid, reliable and unspectacular. In terms of how it stacks up with local competition, Lime offers a soup and sandwich deal for only 9p more, so it’s not cheap. Does it offer better quality for this extra cost? I don’t think it does, really.
So overall, P.O.S.H didn’t hit enough of the right notes for me. Lime offers a tastier sandwich plus a nice bowl of soup for almost exactly the same money as I paid for just a sandwich, here. On that basis, I’m not sure I’ll feel compelled to make a return visit.
Blythe scores P.O.S.H:
3/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 12.5/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: pastrami, brie and salad roll
I drank: nothing
I wore: brown Dior trousers
Total bill: £3.40