New Openings: Jay's Sandwiches of The World
Jay's Sandwiches of The World is located in a plaza on Bloor St. off of Cawthra Rd. in what once was a Portugese take-out spot called Beek Street.
Photo: Korean Beef Sandwich - Steak with Korean BBQ sauce, kimchi, toasted sesame seeds, scallions, and finished with a lime chili aioli.
Chef/Owner Jay Aguiar had always been creative in the kitchen and his family and friends frequently encouraged him to open up his own restaurant after one of his many home cooked meals. Aguiar had always been interested in creating dishes through the experimentation with different flavours and ingredients as a self-taught home chef.
The concept for Aguiar's sandwich shop was born approximately five years ago which was originally supposed to be a food truck, however he decided to first test the waters as a take-out spot. He worked in a few kitchens and finally decided to leave the construction industry to lead his own kitchen.
Grand opening Date: June 17, 2015
Unique for: Aguiar's interpretation of world flavours (hence the name Jay's Sandwiches of The World) from Korea to India to Italy and Cuba. The ingredients include everything from kimchi, fig spread, jerk sauce, fried plantain, coco bun, tomato sauce and peameal bacon. All of Aguiar's sandwiches are made fresh-to-order on fresh bread (never on day-old bread, which if any, are used to make bread crumbs). Jay butchers and prepares all of the meat for the sandwiches with his home-made marinades and spices. He also makes his own sauces including his signature hot sauce - a spicy and sweet blend which is paired with his Jerk Chicken Sandwich.
Signature Dish: Lumito is a steak sandwich with mozzarella, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and Lumito sauce (ketchup, mayo and mustard).
Food Menu: The menu has a selection of beef, chicken, pork, breakfast sandwiches, poutine and weekly specials. The Philly Cheese Steak sandwich is the most popular thus far according to Aguilar. The Korean beef sandwich (as seen in photo) has a lot of flavours happening all at once which surprisingly work really well in a sandwich format. The HIP Wrap is one of the chicken sandwiches on the menu which stands for Honeymoon in Paris - a sandwich that Jay and his wife had discovered on their honeymoon in a tiny take out shop in Paris located in the Latin Quarter. Aguilar says the place was so busy that getting a seat was next to impossible and the cook piled the ingredients in tall mounds on a counter which were used in no time. The HIP wrap includes chicken shawarma, French fries, lettuce, tomato and HIP sauce.
Why Mississauga? The location is situated close to the city's downtown core in a residential neighbourhood just off of a main road in Mississauga and in a neighbourhood he is familiar with.
What's Up and Coming? Weekly specials such as the Portugese Bifana - pork marinated in Portugese spices with sauteed onions, mustard and Tabasco sauce served on a long Kaiser bun.
Type: Take out