THE location of a good sandwich shop is essential knowledge for any office worker.
Frugal employees like myself dutifully bring in a pack lunch four days out of five.
However, occasionally you need to get out from behind the desk and scoff in the big, wide world.
My friend Andy was in the city centre for the day, so I swerved whatever was lurking in the office fridge and headed to Relish the Thought.
Despite living in Sunderland nearly all his life, my pal had never sampled its delights.
I waxed lyrical about Relish’s greatness as we strolled down the high street and luckily it didn’t disappoint.
Although sandwiches are mainly its game, the vast array of fillings on offer at Relish can take your dining experience from the every day to the exotic.
Crayfish, brie, black pudding and fish fingers are some of the more lavish options, or there’s the basics of meats, egg etc.
After some acceptable dithering, Andy went for a three-cheese toasted panini and a portion of homemade potato wedges – but even with that seemingly simple option, he was spoilt for choice, with a variety of dips and cheeses on offer.
I vow to try something different every time I eat at Relish, but I’m always drawn back to the minted lamb, served with a huge pile of salad. It at least keeps decision making to a minimum in that precious 30-minute lunch break.
Half-an-hour was just about enough time to tackle the pile of greens, pasta, olives, sundried tomatoes and various other delights that Relish pack into their salads.
My dining pal was equally chuffed with his feast of cheese, saying the combination of types gave a hot snack an interesting twist. We shared the wedges, which were impressively chunky, but a little under cooked.
Relish has a cosy, homely vibe, with a comfy settee, art work and cheerful staff.
You can eat in, or takeaway and as well as sarnies, there’s homemade main meals and sinful-looking cakes available.
For two, with tea – £14.70. Not the cheapest, but one of the most charming.