Japanese-style Sandos are IN, and so is Hello Arigato – which has done well enough to open its 2nd outlet at Joo Chiat.
Hello Arigato is a lifestyle cafe serving up Japanese-inspired comfort food, specialty coffee and bakes, with its first outlet located at Upper Thomson.
(Also read: 10 Best Sando In Singapore)
For foodies, this new Joo Chiat café is great if you intend to ‘conquer’ a few places, from Mr Mrs Morgan Prata, Dickson Nasi Lemak, Da Dong Prawn Noodles, Tigerlily Patisserie, to Dunman Food Centre.
They are all within a short walking distance from one another, the only things you need to do are queue, and pace yourself.
The team behind the venture is not new to food business though. They are also behind The Refinery and thus is considered experienced in offering modern Japanese and brunch fare.
With Scandinavian-style interiors, the café was smaller and narrower than what I have expected though. There is one table-seating outside for paw-parents.
Each outlet is decorated with pieces from the owners’ personal collection as well as cult design pieces from international brands like Louis Poulsen, Vitra, Hay, Ferm Living, Vitsoe, String, Flos and more.
The Joo Chiat outlet also featured coffee cups and products from local brands like Beyond The Vines and sustainable labels such as GRAMS and Kinfill.
Popularly known for their thick cut Wagyu and Gyu Sandos ($48 for wagyu, $26 for Angus beef striploin) freshly prepared each day, there are also offerings of Tamago ($14), Teriyaki ($15), and HCG ($16) Sandos.
The HCG Sando ($16) is the Joo Chiat exclusive with marinated shrimp paste har cheong gai chicken and crunchy cucumber.
Slightly on the expensive side.
The Tamago Sando ($14) was worth its popularity due to the IG-worthy factor, sandwiched with an Ajitama egg in the middle (rather than what you see in some other TikTok egg sandwich videos which is more oozy) with egg mayonnaise.
The Japanese-style Hokkaido bread was lovely – soft and fluffy, and the light crisp of the toast contrasting well with the creamy and sweet fillings.
Sharing plates are available, including Hello Twister Fries ($13), Furi Fried Chicken ($13), Hello Kombu Tater Tots ($12) and Arigato Truffle Fries ($12).
The Hello Twister Fries ($13) drizzled with creamy cheese sauce, Japanese curry and topping of crispy scallions were quite addictive, though you should probably get a few friends to share this as the combination of rich sauces with fries felt quite jelak after a while.
Guests can also expect new bakes and creations in the Joo Chiat outlet which houses their Bakery department.
Expect sweet treats of Sticky Bun ($6), Miso Brownie ($8.50), Miso Banana Cake ($7), Cookie Arigato ($5) Burnt Basque Cheesecake ($8.50) and Yuzu Meringue Cake ($9).
Hello Arigato – Joo Chiat
314 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427565
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Wed – Thurs), 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Hello Arigato – Thomson
227 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574359
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon