North London Food & Culture

Egg Sando, Panadera: London’s best £4.50 sandwich?

Simple perfection from Kentish Town Road's Filipino bakery

Where exactly is it? On the lower reaches of Kentish Town Road, just after excellent local institution Bintang and ice cream parlour Mama Sons (all owned by the same family).

So what goes on there? It’s a Filipino bakery. Panadera translates as “female baker” in Tagalog, and the store was inspired by the mothers of its founders, called Maria Fe and Bec. Its baked speciality is the Panadera Loaf, a pandesal (Filipino bread roll) transformed into a loaf. More inspo comes from the light and fluffy milk bread in Japan.

Panadera: don’t walk past. Photo: SE

What should I eat? The signature is a corned beef hash sando (£7.50), and there’s also a chicken and mushroom one, but those on a budget – as well as vegetarians, of course – should make a beeline for the outstandingly simple egg sando.

Why so good? The crustless Panadera loaf is sliced and toasted, and the juxtaposition of flavours in the generous filling – rich, creamy, savoury, herby and sweet – is utterly delicious. It might even make you stop scrolling on your phone, at least for a minute. At less than a fiver – £4.50, in fact – this is fantastic value. Filling, too.


In close-up. Photo: SE

And to drink? There’s coffee, tea and iced teas. And the sweet-of-tooth could get stuck into the buttery, flaky pastries, tarts and ice floats, too.

What’s the vibe like? A small window counter if you sit inside, or a pavement terrace to watch the busy lower stretches of Kentish Town Road – as well as gaze at the elegant parade of early Victorian houses beyond.

The verdict: The tastiest midday find so far this year – and definitely the best egg sandwich in existence in our food-obsessed capital.

Panadera is at 83 Kentish Town Road NW1, open 9am-5pm. Follow @panaderabakery_

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