Living a minute away from the Brunswick Centre at Russell Square means I never go hungry for long. I have easy access to Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco, Prett, Apostrophe, Sainsbury’s, and Itsu, which are a pretty good representation of what one will find throughout London. However, what truly brings me back weekend after weekend isn’t my desire to fill my fridge. On Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, an outdoor market takes residence at the Brunswick, offering fresh, often fried treats ranging from your usual baked goods to sweet beverages like hot chocolate and lemonade to more ethnic fare like Korean pancakes, Japanese takoyaki, chorizo, crepes, and Mediterranean paella. Out of these plentiful offerings, I have discovered a delicious duck confit sandwich that goes for only £5. Under a little stand with a banner that reads “Adi’s Duck Confit,” this sandwich’s home is one of the few places one might find more than a couple people waiting in a queue on the day of the market (that’s the British equivalent for line). Made with tender, juicy bits of Polish duck meat, Adi’s confit is fried in a pan and bundled in toasted ciabatta bread.
Additional toppings include red cabbage and wild rocket (pretty sure that’s arugula in America) along with your choice of sauce (my pick is the Chinese inspired plum). The sandwich manages to be crispy yet succulent, bursting with savory flavors and generous offerings of perfectly simmered duck meat.
It’s a simple setup with perfect execution and a guaranteed way to enhance your Saturday with some hearty, meaty comfort–my favorite sandwich since coming to London!