The sandwich: sustainable, hardy, personal. All you need is some bread, some filling, and the ability to put one between the other and another to eat it. As the sando craze continues to maintain its hold over Singaporean diners, yet another eatery has launched a sandwich-forward menu just this year.
As an extension of Australian-inspired grocery market Surrey Hills Grocer, Surrey Hills Deli has just opened its doors with a plethora of delectable sandwiches available for takeaway. If that sounds like the perfect midday pickup—after all, sandwiches do offer the winning combination of flavour, nutrition and handy convenience—consider the other restaurants on Vogue’s shortlist of the best sandwiches in town. From the delicate sandos paired with zesty cocktails at Live Twice, to the cheesy, hearty offerings at Sarnies, there is no shortage of delicious sandwiches in Singapore.
Whether you’re looking for sweet, savoury or spicy, there exists somewhere a perfect sammie just for you. But between the classic ham and cheese and more inventive varieties, narrowing the choice down is much harder than you might think. One thing is for sure—we need generous fillings, perfectly-toasted bread and full-bodied flavour, and it’s not as easy as you think to get that balance right. Here are the sandwiches in Singapore that have dazzled us the most, for your enjoyment.
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Surrey Hills Deli
Australian grocer Surrey Hills has launched a new Melbourne-inspired deli in the heart of town—specialising in grab-and-go sandwiches that don’t compromise on quality for convenience. Within rustic, farmhouse-inspired interiors, you’ll find eight different flavours, all made with premium ingredients sourced from their own grocer. For a healthy, protein-laden option, try the tuna salad sandwich, complete with hard-boiled eggs, raw sprouts and aged cheese for umami flavour.
If you’re partial to a hint truffle, opt for the Truffle Up, which features sourdough bread stacked with black forest ham, triple cheese béchamel, and black truffle mayo. Elsewhere, a spam sandwich comes stuffed with a hefty side of kimchi, for a perfect mix of sweet and savoury.
Surrey Hills Deli, 6 Battery Road, #01-02, Singapore 049909
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Park Bench Deli
Park Bench Deli is the place to go to in Singapore if you’re after a diner experience and a sandwich brimming with fresh ingredients. Founded in 2015 by Andrei Soen, Park Bench Deli’s recent renovation features a trendy blue and white tiled storefront, a larger seating capacity and new items on the menu. From a breakfast sandwich made of thick, soft white bread and a crunchy spam patty, Swiss cheese and an omelette, to an after-work reward of hot honey chicken coated in brown honey, baby romaine in a sesame potato bun, you’re definitely spoilt for choice here. And in the event you’re after a sweet number to finish it all off, their lemon ricotta hotcakes are easily the fluffiest we’ve ever had—a real dream, in our opinion.
Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
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If a hankering for a hearty sandwich hits whenever you have a cocktail in hand, Live Twice’s delicately-crafted katsu sandos are as aesthetically pleasing as they are well-flavoured. Take your pick between beef, pork, or ebi and corn—they are all delicious, though we are partial to the last one on the list. Meat lovers would be remiss not to try the beef sando, which features a perfectly-torched piece of wagyu, sandwiched between two slices of soft, pillowy shokupan bread—easily giving full-fledged steak restaurants a run for their money. Pair your sando with any one of the intimate izakaya-inspired bar’s long list of inventive cocktails, and you’re in for a good night.
Live Twice, Bukit Pasoh Rd, #18-20, Singapore 089834
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Much like Baristart, Sando brings Japan to Singapore, thanks to three friends who were inspired by the gourmet sandwiches they had in Japan. Whilst Sando serves all the goodies of Japanese restaurants (like gyoza and teriyaki, as well as soba and rice bowls), their sandwiches are by far the most extensive, with a variety of breakfast, lunch and vegetarian sandwiches available to order.
Available through bundles and pre-orders, the sandwiches at Sando are all influenced by Japanese meals and dishes, such as the Tamago Sando, featuring the Japanese omelette with bonito flakes and mayonnaise, and a classic egg mayo sandwich and the Spam-Wich. Also call for their Katsu Sando, with succulent panko-breaded pork and duck fat confit onions—perhaps you’ll find yourself missing Tokyo a tad less.
Sando, 438C Alexandra Road, Alexandra Technopark The Hub, #01-04/04A, Singapore 119976
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Messy and jam-packed with cheeses, sauces and all manner of toppings, Korio sandwiches are amongst the most popular in Singapore. A cosy enclave located in Amoy Street, Korio specialises in sandos and doughnuts, with certain items available on specific days. Whilst Korio is more of a takeaway joint (or a quick-fix at one of their casual tables outside), it more than makes up for it with its decadent sandwiches. The breakfast sandwich is a must-try, loaded with a rich sauce gribiche (a cold egg sauce in French cuisine) and fried spam, in between a soft brioche bun, whilst their croque monsieur is a delicacy of drooling cheese in between thin slices of ham. Be quick though—they routinely run out of goods before midday, even with online ordering.
Korio, 135 Amoy Street, #01-03, Singapore, 049964
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Where Park Bench Deli has the States, Sarnies has Australia—serving up brunch classics from Down Under and a strong cup of in-house roasted coffee. With its wooden slat tables, whitewashed walls and hanging lightbulbs, it has all the atmosphere of a hipster joint straight out of Sydney or Melbourne. The team behind Sarnies is passionate about the high-quality products that make up their sandwiches, with free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and home cursed bacon all major parts of their menu.
They are certainly adventurous too, looking to disassemble and remake old classics, like the ham and cheese toast. Their version is revamped with mortadella, provolone dolce and giardineria alongside a baguette, smoked ham and red cheddar. Or maybe you’re after something vegetarian: their grilled aubergine sandwich features roasted capsicum, feta cheese and hummus for a light-hearted delight. Otherwise, their Club Tempeh sandwich, with marinated tempeh, braised mushrooms and guacamole, is one of a kind.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601