Chicken Izo – Pablo Picante’s Tortas, Clarendon Market

The long famous Pablo Picante Burritos in Dublin has a branch out business right next door that specialises in the gourmet Mexican sandwiches known as Torta’s. They definitely live up the the name.

Beautifully soft french bread wrapped around Roast Chicken,  Chorizo, Black Bean Puree, Jalapeno Alioli and sprinkled with spinach and rocket. The result is a beautifully sumptuous lunchtime delight. As a first torta for this reviewer, this sandwich hit the spot in a big way. It was juicy and oozing flavour with a small jalapeno kick.

Smoked Paprika Chicken – Green Bench Cafe, Montague Lane

Smoked Paprika Irish Free Range Chicken, Avocado, Lime Sour Cream, Tomato Salsa, Shredded Carrrot, Mixed Leaves on white toasted Sourdough €6.90

Although the ingredients sound closer to a Mexican style Torta, this Green Bench sandwich is certainly like nothing else available in Dublin.  Green Bench charge a premium for their chicken sandwiches to ensure they use free range rather than battery caged. This attention to quality carries on throughout the rest of the sandwich.

In this particular sandwich, the chicken was thinly sliced, moist and succulent however their was no smoked paprika taste in the individual pieces. The construction of this sandwich has been well thought out. A super fresh bed of mixed leaves and crunch carrot kept the Avocado/sour cream/salsa from mixing with and overpowering the chicken. This sandwich comes on toasted white sourdough bread which is the only part of the sandwich that is not made freshly in their kitchens. A unique and impressive, although rather expensive sandwich.

Recommended Crisp Pairing: Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream