Shortly after Ginza Kuroson opened their 2nd outlet at Ngee Ann City level 3, their latest concept store Patties & Wiches opened right across it, opposite to ABC Cooking Studio. So hapz, so much jap.
Serving an agglomeration of Japanese pastries from various Japanese F&Bs in Singapore such as Asanoya Bakery and Chef Yamashita, a Western twist was added to it.
Patties and Wiches is the summation of 2 words, Patties-Sandwiches, with a menu revolving around the 2 highlights – Burgers and Sandwiches.
With an open space concept, it can be that place to people watch those gym fit junkies in their tight fitting office wear and tai tais carrying their latest purchases from the luxury stores around.
Hamburgers are made by Chef Kozo Matsumoto from 7025 Franklin Avenue in Tokyo and cost between $20 and $38, with the Foie Gras Burger being the most interesting and expensive among the lot.
We had the Bacon Cheese Burger ($24) that was served with greens and fries. Yes, soft and fluffy buns whereas the beef patty was not too dry. Bacon on the other hand was soft and without any crisp and we preferred the bacon to be crispy though.
Sandwiches were made from Asanoya Bakery with 82 years of history and cost between $15 and $55. Wait… $55?? That’s the price tag for the Wagyu Roast Beef Sandwich.
We had the P&W Club House Chicken Sandwich ($21) served with golden grown, crispy toast. The chicken kiap between the toast was tender but could be a little bland on its own and needed more seasoning.
(Tell us if you do eat that $55 sandwich one day.)
Bakes are from Chef Yamashita, and he never really disappoints with his skilled and delicate take on Japanese pastries.
Both the soft sponge fresh cream Ichigo Strawberry Short Cake ($7.50), and the “Mt Fuji” ($7.80) – a different interpretation on the Mont blanc with chocolate sponge inter-layered with chestnut and chestnuts are light and superb.
Prices of the slices here are about a dollar more than from Chef Yamashita’s main shop at Tanjong Pagar, and bakes are likely to taste fresher there. Just saying.
The must-get item at Patties & Wiches, is ironically the Chou-Pop ($3) baked by patisserie Fumi Araya who is based in the café itself.
At a value-for-money pricing, this cream puff dessert in flavours of strawberry, matcha or mango, contains delightfully smooth cream that would make most Japanese tai-tais go “Oishii ne!” with that million-dollar expression matched with a shy smile.
Patties & Wiches
391 Orchard Road Takashimaya Shopping Centre #03-10A Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872 (5-10 min walk from Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape and Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed, unless otherwise stated. We are still not willing to spend $55 on a sandwich.