Gatsby Sandwich: Cape Town's Most Beloved Food

Gatsby Sandwich: Cape Town's Most Beloved Food

The Gatsby Sandwich has been a favourite in Cape Town since it was 'accidentally' discovered by an Athlone-based fish shop owner, Rashaad Pandy, 42-years-ago.

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In 1976, Pandy had to feed four day workers, who helped clean up a piece of property. However, he realised he did not have anything to give them.

So, he took what he had- a Portuguese roll, polony, slap chips and achar, and he made a massive sandwich, which he cut in four so that every worker could have a piece.

Little did he know he threw together a master piece until the workers explained hos tasty it was. One of the labourers, Froggie, who watched the The Great Gatsby film adaption at the Athlone Theatre, said the dish was "a Gatsby smash” (a winning dish).

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Gatsby Sandwich: Cape Town's Most Beloved Food
Gatsby Sandwich: Cape Town's Most Beloved Food. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

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Thus, the Gatsby Sandwich was born. Since then the dish became a local favourite across the mother city.

According to, the sandwich is special for a couple of reasons, including curing a hangover and it's cheaper than other fast foods for four people. gathered several restaurants and fast food outlets in Cape Town sell the Gatsby Sandwich:

1. Biesmiellah

2. The Golden Dish

3. Super Fisheries

4. Cosy Corner

5. Mariam’s Kitchen

6. Farm Stall & Takeaway

7. Bona Fast Food

8. Aneesa’s

Gatsby Sandwich: Cape Town's Most Beloved Food
Gatsby Sandwich. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

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