Yes, Sandos are ‘everywhere’ in Singapore. When I say ‘everywhere’, it just means that many cafes are starting to include them in the menu.
All aside, some of the best Sandos can be found right here in Alexandra Technohub, where the eatery has been diligently producing indulgent-tasting sandos for a while now.
You may be surprised how many foodies will come from all corners of Singapore, to this rather obscure place (since it is an industrial hub) to dabao the humble Sando.
“Sando-itchi” means “sandwich” in Japanese, and they are not burgers.
The bread buns here are not make from Brioche. Instead, Sando Singapore choose to have their buns as Japanese Milk Bread, which are truly airy and fluffy buns that holds onto the ingredients really well.
Go take a seat in their eatery with cool, hip vibes surrounded by greenery, and get your hands dirty.
On the menu are Gooralie Tonkatsu ($15), Kabocha Pumpkin ($14.50), Yakitori Yuzu ($12), Beef Menchi Katsu ($13.50), Braised Chashu ($14), Portobello ($15) and Tori Karaage ($12.50) Sandos.
A best-seller is the Gooralie Tonkatsu ($15), with a fried pork cutlet made from free-range Australian pork loin.
The juicy meat is accentuated by the duck fat confit, onions and greens. The bulldog sauce and kombu mayo give the sando an extra saucy dimension. This is a good one.
The Yakitori Yuzu ($14) has a tender piece of yakitori chicken thigh that was marinated in yuzu, topped with an overeasy egg, guacamole, tomato relish and cheddar.
As for the vegetarian choice of the Kabocha ($14.50), this uses sweet slices of pumpkin fritters topped with haloumi cheese.
Another favourite is the breakfast signature of Truffle Tamagoyaki ($11.50).
Filled with a thick slab of Japanese-style egg and egg salad, there is that kombu mayo and truffle sauce which would add that ultimate fragrance.
Being a Japanese-inspired joint after all, the number of sides available are true classics. Things like the Mushroom Fritters ($12), Crispy Corn Croquettes ($12) and their style of Mac & Cheese ($4) can be satisfying.
Try the Takoyaki Fries ($10), which gets its name because each fry is coated in batter and dressed with takoyaki sauce. Interesting item, but some may rather just have the Takoyaki itself.
Sando Singapore may not be so convenient to get to, but the best Sando experience requires some legwork to get to.
Get there now and see for yourself what the hype is all about.
SANDO at Alexandra Technopark
Alexandra Technopark, 438C Alexandra Rd, #01-04/04A The Hub, Singapore 119976
Opening Hours: 9am – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.