(AUTHOR’S NOTE: Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop is now defunct, closing its doors permanently last December 22, 2016. Timestamp: 9 March 2017, 11:51 am.)
Life is like a sandwich. The fillings are arranged in a certain way for a reason. Remove any component and you miss out; you have to eat it as it is. Experiences, good or bad they may be, make life colorful, and you can’t have one without the other. A short, meaningful, and food-related reflection perfect for today’s post.
CJ and I first found out about Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop during the Best Food Forward Expo, held a few months ago at the Power Plant Mall in Makati. The first item we tried out from the shop was their homemade apple pie soda, which was a far cry from the typical soft drinks on the market. We bumped into them again last Halloween weekend at the Katipunan Weekend market. This time, however, we tried out their Cebuano sandwich. Their take on the Cubano popularized by the movie “Chef” is astounding, using Cebu lechon (roast pig) for a uniquely Filipino twist. One serving was enough for both of us, so we just had it divided in half. So far, the Cebuano is the most popular order at Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop – and for a good reason.
The knack for business runs in the Graham family’s blood: owner Chris and his brother Carl are in charge of the sandwich shop. Meanwhile, Chris’ wife Anna – who also happens to be a member of the Baihana vocal trio – owns Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Cafe. Both the latter and the sandwich shop are curiously located right beside each other, in the same building. Chris graduated with a Management degree from Ateneo in 2012—as fate would have it, he’s in the same batch as I am. We happened to have some common friends who were members of the Ateneo Musician’s Pool (aMp), so chatting him up wasn’t awkward.
I happened to visit their location over at Scout Rallos one evening, just to try out their other offerings. Whoever thought this quaint location had the best sandwiches this side of town? Surprisingly, Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop has a pretty good lineup – something I want to try out in future visits. I even got a complimentary sandwich from their secret menu! Good thing both the Graham brothers were present, and I had an awesome evening full of sandwiches, conversation, and college nostalgia. Below are some pictures from that night.
Visit their Facebook page to find out more about their offerings. Until the next review, bon appetit.
Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop
51-D Scout Rallos Street,
Barangay Laging Handa,
Quezon City 1103