Victor Churchill and Hector’s Deli Come Together to Bring the Beef Dip to Melbourne

With a side of Wagyu fat caramel and cream cheese doughnut.

Photo: Anthony Puharich, Annaliese Brancatisano, Dom Wilton (by Jana Longhorst)

Hector’s Deli, after successful runs in Richmond and South Melbourne, has recently opened north of Victoria Street in Fitzroy, and to celebrate the occasion, the team have collaborated with meat connoisseurs Victor Churchill to bring the beef dip sandwich back into the spotlight in Melbourne. The limited-edition sandwich—alongside a Wagyu fat caramel and cream cheese doughnut—will be available at Hector’s Deli Fitzroy for two days only, on Saturday 3 December, and Sunday 4 December.

Hector’s founder Dom Wilton, and Victor Churchill founder Anthony Puharich met when Anthony spent time in Melbourne to open the first Victor Churchill outside of Sydney on High Street in affluent Armadale.

READ MORE: The Best Sandwiches in Melbourne

“Collaborations for me have to be super meaningful,” says Wilton. “When this opportunity came about, it was a no-brainer. Using high-quality produce and Victor Churchill meat we wanted to create something simple that played into the concept of high and low, by applying the best ingredients in the world—like Anthony’s beef—to a sandwich or doughnut. I think we’ve nailed it.”

Photo: Hector’s Deli x Victor Churchill beef dip sandwich (Jana Longhorst)

The beef dip sandwich will cost $20, and is a sourdough French-style hoagie roll made by Hector’s Deli baker Bin Nguyen, and has an amazing sesame crust. Inside you’ll find rare, and thinly-sliced Rangers Valley Black Angus from northern New South Wales supplied by Victor Churchill along with melted provolone and horseradish cream. The whole thing is served warm, and with a dipping sauce pimped out with a dash of whiskey.

The Wagyu fat caramel cream cheese doughnut available is the brainchild of Hector’s pastry chef Annaliese Brancatisano and baker Bin Nguyen who were inspired by Victor Churchill’s rich wagyu fat. The team mixes cream cheese with Wagyu fat sourced from Kobungal Station in Victoria. The doughnut will cost $7.

Photo: Wagyu fat caramel and cream cheese doughnut (Jana Longhorst)

The Hector’s Deli and Victor Churchill collaboration beef dip, and Wagyu fat caramel cream cheese doughnut will be available exclusively at Hector’s Deli Fitzroy (111 Moor Street, Fitzroy) on Saturday 3, and Sunday 4 December.

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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 


The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.


Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano


Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli


Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta


The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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