The secret to Australia's best club sandwich
The club sanger made by Sydney's The Langham Hotel has a surprising kick to it.
The club sandwich is a time-honoured room service staple of Western business travellers. From Louisiana to London, the 'club' has been filling travel-weary bellies around the world for more than 100 years (the first known club sandwich allegedly appeared in a US restaurant as far back as 1899).
In Australia a new king has been crowned, with Sydney's recently refurbished The Langham Hotel awarded Best Club Sandwich - as well as overal Hotel of the Year - at The 2015 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards.
Langham general manager Sonia Lefevre says adding the coveted club sandwich award to the awards' top gong represents "complete indulgence for any hotelier".
"We are thrilled to take out what can only be described as Australia's coolest foodie award," she says.
The Langham's winning combination received a 9/10 score from a panel of critics, beating rivals from around the country. Executive chef Thomas Heinrich says he is proud of the unexpected honour.
"The team do a really good job to make sure they put up a great-looking and great-tasting club sandwich - a lot of work goes into it," he says. "It's not just three pieces of bread, bacon and some bought-in turkey or chicken - we do house-cured chicken which takes a lot of time, we do the curried egg - so all the ingredients in there take a lot of time and prep.
"I've travelled a lot and worked and stayed in a lot of hotels and you always have a club sandwich. Always."