There will come a time when you get bored of the usual subs and sandwiches. I have friend who eat the same old same old sandwiches, complains about how bland they are, and continues chomping them down behind the cubicle. Unfortunately, we are no where near the CBD.
Park Bench Deli will bring some excitement. Think about melt-in-mouth kong bak aka braised pork belly within Banh Mi, and southern fried chicken marinated in buttermilk in a sandwich. Ooh la la.
This is a collaboration between Chef Ming (ex-chef from Lolla, and hey I attended his cooking class before, great guy), Chef Andrei Soen (Chef of The Cajun Kings) and business partner Aamir Ghani.
The sandwich place at Telok Ayer, diagonally opposite the popular Amoy Street Food Centre, has been packing in the crowds during lunch time.
There is a selection of Fried Chicken ($14), Torta ($15), Kong Bak Banh Mi ($14), Cheese Steak ($16), and Turky RBC ($15). For a healthier fix, Acai Bowls ($8 each) are available during the breakfast hours of 9 to 11am.
Breads are hollowed out so that fillings fit better. Our favourite was the Cheese Steak Sandwich ($16) and were amused with the menu description “sliced beef many many”.
True enough, multiple slices of beef topped with sautéed onions and cheese sauce that oozed out with every bite.
Might be a little tricky to eat. But it is time to get your hands dirty.
The Fried Chicken Sandwich ($14) was a southern fried chicken kiap with corn & cabbage slaw with Russian dressing. Well executed crispy fried chicken with tender meat with refreshing slaw to balance the taste.
However, ’da-baoing’ and eating it an hour later, proved to be a greasy affair.
The Turkey RBC Sandwich ($15) had generous serving of alfafa, though the cream cheese ranch served in larger proportion overpowered the taste of the roasted turkey breast and bacon.
Note that the space is cramped and more a takeaway place. Music is loud (okay, a bit too loud at times), and the chefs can be seen humming, dancing while filling up their buns. There are some lunch hours when DJs come to spin music.
Happy people make happy food.
Park Bench Deli
179 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068627 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape. We visited Park Bench Deli incognito over a few occasions. You can follow their food adventures at Instagram, and now Weibo and Snapchat.