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If it doesn’t get all over the place it doesn’t belong in front of your face. Well, this pretty much sums up my experience eating the biggest sandwich in the world (well, at least that I’ve ever seen) at Manolo restaurant in Lima, Peru. The only problem is that I didn’t drop toppings all over my clothes and table as most of it was smeared across my face. Shameless, I continued talking in front of the camera as Audrey choked back laughing out loud. Anyhow, enough about me making a fool of myself in front of a camera; it’s time to talk about this behemoth of a sandwich. With 12 thin slices of bread, this gigantic Peruvian sandwich featured toppings such as avocado, chicken breast, hotdog, sweet potato (camote), lettuce and tomato to name just a few.
It tasted good not amazing. Given it took the two of us to polish it off, tt’s the kind of sandwich you’d want when you’re really hungry making it more of a meal than a snack. Next up was dessert and keeping with our theme of gargantuan sized portions, we grabbed a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie to share. The meringue itself, with jagged like spires, looked like the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. In terms of taste, the pie took things to the next level. It was better than the sandwich and reconfirmed our belief that the main reason to go to Manolo is for dessert primarily. We’ll be back again for sure 😉
So we are back at Manolo, a restaurant that we’ve already been to a couple of times before. And the reason we are here is because the other day we were walking by and we saw that they have the biggest sandwich in the world. It is literally like this high and we’re going to eat it. Oh, yes. Gracais. Whoops. You can keep filming. You are supposed to be talking. Gracias.
One of the more embarrassing things to admit about our travels is that when we find a place we really really like we tend to come back again and again. And sometimes we feel a little bit guilty because we think we should be trying more spots but this Manolo place is so awesome we’re back here yet again.
This is for certain the biggest sandwich we’ve ever had. I think there might be six layers of bread here. Can you count that for us.
Well, some are double layers so we actually have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 slices of bread.
So the thing is how do we actually attack this sandwich. Like this thing is a behemoth. I’m starting in the middle where the avocado is located because that is what I like in a sandwich.
So I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a sandwich with a fork and knife before but this is so massive and so messy that it seems like the only way. You’re already spilling it. It’s good. Oh, yeah.
So I’m attempting to pick this sandwich up and maybe take a bite out of it. I don’t even know how I’m going to attack it here. Um. Alright. I guess I’ll just dig in.
I’ve got it all over my face. But you know what. I went right for the egg and the avocado and that is amazing. Mmmm.
So can you tell us what kind of ingredients we had in this monster sandwich?
Well, it is a really eclectic blend. Like there is avocado, there is chicken breast, there is hotdog and I think I tasted a little bit of sweet potato. Then you’ve got all of the other kinds of regular things you’d find in a sandwich like tomatoes, lettuce and what not. But it is just a super loaded sandwich. If there is only one thing I could change I think I would go with whole grain bread instead of white.
This piece of pie kind of reminds me of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. I am wondering if Mr. Oz lives right on top here.
And this is what I really came for – Lemon Meringue pie. It is the biggest slice I have ever seen in my entire life. And Lemon Meringue pie is my favorite so I’m pretty excited about this dish. Ho ho ho.
I’m going to dig in. Oh, this is impossible. This is impossible. Got enough Meringue on your spoon? I think so.
Ready. Oh my gosh. Pie-tastic? Fluffy. It’s like biting into a sugar cloud. It’s amazing.
I’m just about to destroy the Wizard of Oz’s home. He’s way up top in his tower here. And I am very sorry, I just knocked it down.
You’re right, that is the lightest, fluffiest meringue of all -time which just dissolves as soon as you put it right into your mouth. It is amazing.
So that was a rather affordable meal. The sandwich which was called the Pijama sandwich was 18 Soles. That is six dollars. And the lemon meringue pie was 12 Soles which worked out to be four dollars. So we ate a lot, we shared it and it was a really affordable meal.