Sandos are everywhere.
“Sandos” are Japanese for sandwiches, generally characterised to be made with shokupan milk bread which are soft and slightly sweet.
The sandwiches are usually neatly wrapped. easy to open and eat.
Many cafes have included “Sandos” as part of their menu, some with entire section dedicated to the humble sandwich. I have seen some cafes renaming their “Sandwiches” to “Sandos” (with some revision in pricing) and ta-dah – it becomes instagrammable.
Anyway, here are 10 places in Singapore you can grab a bite of delicious oishii Sando:
5 Wallich Street, Guoco Tower #01-03, Singapore 078884 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 8313 6633
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun) Last order 8:30pm
If top-quality Japanese Wagyu Sando is what you are looking for, Gyu San at Guoco Tower is one name you can look out for.
A star among Japanese sandwiches, the Gyu Katsu Sando ($32 for house cut, $48 for striploin, $62 for chateaubriand) has all the properties of a seductive Sando.
Crispy and juicy, 200g of prime steak marbled wagyu, marinated in panko, first gets deep-fried to a tempting golden-brown exterior.
After that, the chef spreads a piquant wasabi aioli on the patty before placing it delicately between lightly toasted crustless Japanese milk shokupan bread.
Gyu San offers its diners a choice of different steak cuts, making the most of its access to the best wagyu in the business.
Those with a penchant for tenderness should try the chateaubriand – which is my favourite and the most expensive offered here, but there is a good reason for it.
Read more at: Gyu San (Guoco Tower)
SANDO at Alexandra Technopark
Alexandra Technopark, 438C Alexandra Rd, #01-04/04A The Hub, 119976
Opening Hours: 9am – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
One of the OG Sando eateries in Singapore, this is a must-try for Sandos though Alexandra Technopark is not the easiest to get to.
They pride themselves in using Japanese shokupan bread, quality ingredients and specially concocted sauces to bring that decadent treat.
If this is your first time there, go for their recommended signature Truffle Tamagoyaki ($12) filled with Japanese-style egg, truffle sauce, egg salad and kombu mayo which would add that ultimate fragrance.
Head down for lunch and you would more filling treats of Gooralie Tonkatsu Sando ($16.50), Beef Menchi Katsu Sando ($15.50), Braised Chashu Sando ($15), Yuzu Yakitori Sando ($15), Tori Karaage Sando ($13) and more.
Read more at: Sando (Alexandra Technopark)
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
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 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.
Read more at: Hello Arigato (Joo Chiat)
28 Ann Siang Road, #01-02, Singapore 069708 (Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Boyutei at Ann Siang Hill (near Chinatown) brings together tea artisans Hvala and one-Michelin star restaurant Whitegrass.
One of my favourites in the menu, the Ebi Katsu Sando ($22) is an open-face Japanese sandwich with crunchy, golden-brown deep-fried prawns at its centre.
Adding to the texture of the sandwich is a bed of tomatoes and cabbage atop a thick and soft brioche toast.
What helped to elevate the flavour profile was the tartar sauce and a drizzle of homemade chilli sauce that provided a hint of spiciness to every bite.
Read more at: Boyutei (Ann Siang)
Grids Coffee & Bar
200 South Bridge Rd, Level 1 2 & 3, Singapore 058749
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Sun – Wed), 9am – 12am – (Thurs – Sat)
Grids Coffee Bar which is located near Chinatown, is a coffee bistro by day and gastro bar by night.
Set in a charming 3-storey heritage shophouse, their menu is Japanese inspired and they recently gone through an entire rebrand.
Their Sandos are freshly made with Japanese Milk Bread, with several options including Lox-ness ($16) filled with smoked salmon, Pluck Pluck ($15) which refers to fried chicken with yuzu tartar, Pigasso ($16) with breaded pork loin, and Sitting Duck ($16) with aburi smoked duck.
I had the Brekkie Trail ($15) which was a satisfying treat with scrambled eggs, spam, furikake aioli, roasted tomatoes, pickled cucumbers and greens.
Enjoyed the fluffy shokupan toast which had a light crispy, and fluffy and flavourful egg in the middle.
2 Everton Park, #01-61, Singapore 081002
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
46 Mittsu is the newest kid in the Everton Park block, serving thick and loaded sandwiches in the charming neighbourhood.
In the quietness of the surroundings, the shop was playing hiphop-ish music with an open-concept kitchen. It reminded me a little of Two Men Bagel in terms of the mood and vibes (then I read that two of the co-founders used to be chefs in the bagel joint).
They call their Sandos “hot messes” with offerings of Firebird ($15), Piggyback ($15), Holycow ($18), Catfish ($18) and the signature B.E.C ($14) which represents bacon, egg and cheese.
While most of the Sandos around have a certain lightness somewhere and include shokupan Japanese-style bread, they are using ciabatta sourced from Pickle Bakery (which used to be located at this same shop space).
The B.E.C I had was rich and very filling – can be shared by two (unless you are very hungry). The favourite part was the thick cuts of bacon, followed by the layer of scrambled egg that would please most egg lovers.
Read more at: 46 Mittsu (Everton Park)
Monday Coffee Bar
421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560421
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 6pm (Sat, Sun)
Monday Coffee Bar found hidden at Ang Mo Kio, the place is decked with light wooden tones coffee bar counter and furniture, white-washed walls, and warm lightings.
They serve mainly Japanese-inspired “Sando” (sandwiches) with flavours such as Smoked Chicken ($7.50), Luncheon Tamagoyaki ($6.50), Sweet Potato ($5.50).
I had their signature Chicken Katsu ($7.50) which came with crispy thick oven-baked chicken cutlet, assembled with multigrain toast, chopped lettuce greens, and spread with maple nut sauce.
Their maple nut sauce left an impression, which imbued a sweet nutty taste profile to go along with crispy chicken.
Read more at: Monday Coffee Bar (Ang Mo Kio)
2 Leng Kee Rd, #01-05 Thye Hong Centre, Singapore 159086
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Tues – Sat), 2:30pm – 5pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Musette is a bicycle-friendly casual cafe that serves up Western brunch classic with Asian flair, and aims to be a favourite meeting place whether customers or on or off the bike.
Good to know that the team is also behind Michelin-starred 28Wilkie and Twenty Eight Cafe.
I loved the Breakfast Sando ($19) with light crispy brioche, creamy scrambled eggs and smoked bacon. There was some spicy kick when I took a bite, coming from the Chipotle sauce.
Not the highly instagrammable sort, but the Japanese-style Sando served its purpose of being satisfying.
Read more at: Musette (Leng Kee Road)
14 Lor Telok, Singapore 049027
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Naga House located at Lor Telok is of walking distance from Boat Quay, and has a two-in-one concept of café by day and bar by night.
In terms of food, the Japanese-style menu is divided into Sandos, Gohan Bowls, some mains and sides. They are still trying out different flavors and combinations, with intention of introducing various seasonal menus.
On the menu are five types of Sandos ($12 – $16) filled with flank steak, house-fried chicken, triple tamago, grilled triple cheese, and a triple S which represents spam, seaweed and sunny-side-up.
The Triple Tamago Sando ($12) caught my attention for having sunny-side egg, ramen egg and roasted garlic egg mayo in a single offering, all between slices of roasted garlic butter-toasted brioche.
The bread was fluffy with an aromatic garlic fragrance, and the mashed egg (tasted more hard-boiled than ramen egg though) was made more creamy and appetising with their house mayo and charred spam. Worth a try.
Read more at: Naga House (Lor Telok)
Blk 806 Hougang Central, #01-152, Singapore 530806
Opening Hours: 9am – 7:30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Inconspicuously nestled within the shophouses of Hougang Central is Samwitch, a breakfast kiosk which serves hearty sandwiches aka “sando” along with fresh milk tea made using natural ingredients.
There were only three sandwich options available at point of visit – Beef Sando ($12), Fish Sando ($11) and Chicken Sando ($11).
The Beef Sando left a positive impression, filled with tender cured meat texture and flavouring.
While the menu didn’t explicitly describe further, I could detect woody aroma of black pepper which provided occasional sharp spicy notes from the seasoning.
On the other hand, I found the Chicken Sando a little too healthy for my liking as it was topped with tons of shredded carrots to go with grilled chicken meat.
Read more at: Samwitch (Hougang)
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