FOOD plays a very big part in students’ life (and teachers), and that they can be a spark of joy in the middle of endless assignments and assessments (for us, marking).
So when the popular Splash n Decker outlets serving sandwiches at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic closed, students were left disappointed.
Nothing to smuggle in lecture halls anymore.
I used to teach at Ngee Ann for a couple of years, but I think I have gotten their sandwiches only once or twice – so I don’t feel the loss as much as many of the other ex-students.
My ex-colleague Stella Thng was the one who found the Splash & Decker shop again, this time renamed as Sandwich Lab at basement 4 of ION Orchard, operated under the Four Leaves Bakery group.
Will things be the same ever again? Not quite, I guess.
Prices have gone up.
Other than the previous popular favorites of Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich ($4.80), Spicy Chicken Potato Sandwich ($4.00), Bacon & Egg Sandwich ($4.50), there are new offerings such as the Peri Peri Chicken Sandwich ($4.80) and Tom Yum Seafood Sandwich ($4.50).
I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, which came neatly cut in half for easier consumption, filled with moderate fillings of chicken meat, fresh lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
There wasn’t anything really spectacular about it, but it made a decent take-away snack (or meal) and the bread was soft with the right texture. Plus the sandwiches are freshly prepared.
A quick note: Time to needed for preparation. While I was the only customers, it took about 5 minutes to get a packet ready.
The Tom Yum Seafood was the more impressionable piece, also because this is not as commonly found. It came filled with crabstick and tuna, with a light-tangy-spicy punch.
Truth is, without the “Splash n Decker” back-history, the average shopper may just walk past the kiosk and give it a miss.
Perhaps the ex Ngee Ann and Nanyang Polytechnic students can go try it, and let me know if there is very much different from the previous renditions.
2 Orchard Turn, #B4-40/41/42, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 9500
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm Daily