Few years back when brunch serving restaurants was not that IN yet, Wild Honey created quite a buzz with their egg benedict dishes. That was forward thinking.
Would that happen again to their newly introduced New York Delicatessen Sacha & Sons at Mandarin Gallery?
The concept located right next to Wild Honey took four years in the making, and is named after the son of owners Guy Wachs and Stephanie Hancock son (Sasha is the Russian alternative to Alexander).
Sacha and Sons specialise in smoked pastrami ($16, $24, $35), corned beef, roast beef & a selection of smoked fish, along with other iconic deli offerings like their own dill pickles, bagel, latkes ($10-$16), chopped liver ($14), kugel ($7 – that’s noodles in a cake format), and matzah ball soup ($12.50) – probably a first for Singapore.
Wanting a taste of their famed pastrami, I ordered the Sacha’s Reuben ($16) which was sandwiched with slices of the meat. Reuben, one of my favourite sandwich types, is not that commonly found in Singapore anyway.
The pastrami woo-laa-laa made me salivate with joy for the moment. So good. Tender, juicy, amazingly smoked, perfectly flavoured, appeared in a drool-worthy pink hue.
The briskets are said to be cooked for hours and then steamed on premise in custom made steamers so the color, flavor, texture & temperature render the chunk ready for hand carving.
For those unfamiliar, the latke is known as potato pancakes traditionally served by Jews during their Hannukah festival.
Sacha and Son’s version come with apple sauce and sour cream ($10), smoked salmon ($16), or gravlax salmon ($16) cured in house. I would recommend the gravalax, which came in a stack of three mini potato and onion pancakes.
We were moderately disappointed with the dessert though, the Sacha’s Sundae ($14.00). The cup felt overpowered by too many marshmallows and perhaps brownie, and could do with a taller and larger volume of semifreddo. It was homemade though.
The food is worth coming back here for. There is a risk for introducing a concept and food the local market may not be used to, but this could pay off. We are always in the search for something different any way.
Sacha & Sons
333A Orchard Road #03-02 Mandarin Gallery Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 67356961
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun-Thurs), 9am – 10pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)