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Standout Sandwiches

Standout Sandwiches

Here are the ones that have left an impression on me, and for which I will return.
Veronica Phua
Veronica Phua

H O S T E D
This new bar speaks in a quieter, more modulated tone than its sister bar - Jigger & Pony. She exudes a low-key yet unmissable worldly confidence. In terms of aesthetics, she oozes eyeball-grabbing mid-century Western-meets-Japanese style, mixing handpicked vintage pieces with admirable nonchalance.
Knowing our moods, Live Twice is versatile, offering different seating arrangements to suit. Her cocktails, crafted in the Japanese spirit of shokunin by Group Beverage Director @bartenderaki and female Head Bartender @woofyinying are meant to satisfy the two sides we are known to have: the life we live for ourselves, and the one for our dreams. So there’s a list of the classics (but done with a twist) and another featuring concoctions inspired by fantasy and here’s a fascinating fact, named after geishas.
Although the cocktails are the stars at Live Twice, the compact food menu boasts gems like Wasabi Cheese Terrine (this is fantastic with the “Vesper” cocktail it seems) and Tuna Katsu ($22++). My number one pick though has to be the extremely tasty Ebi & Corn Sando ($22++) shown above. The thick prawn and corn cutlet was outrageously sweet, juicy and crunchy. Definitely the munchie to get when you’re feeling peckish.

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Although they are called “pies”, these Melbourne-inspired pitas are made with sourdough flour, and come stuffed with three kinds of cheese, spinach plus my chosen add-on of beef brisket.
The dough of the pita has a slightly coarse texture and satisfying chewiness which I found to work well with the flavourful fillings.
To my surprise, the beef brisket was subtly sweet but it was very tasty. If you prefer other meats, they do offer a savoury pulled pork and lamb as well.

Price: $12 for 4 pieces of the Triple Cheese and Spinach Pie.
Add-ons available at $6 for pulled pork and $8 for beef brisket or lamb.

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Being a sucker for pork, I was immensely curious about the taste of Budou-buta, the “Grape Pork” from Japan that Bedrock has brought in for this festive season. So I said yes at once when I received the dinner invitation.
Of the three dishes featuring the premium pork created by Executive Isaac Tan and his team, the Pulled Pork and Shrimp Sandwich ($48++) was the one that swept both my dining partner and I off our feet.
It’s an extraordinarily tasty combination of the very tender Japanese pork with just the right amount of truffle mayo between slices of brioche. Now, the brioche itself deserves special mention because it‘s crazy buttery in fragrance and possessed an otherworldly airy-lightness.
Honestly, I found the sandwich impressive enough to warrant a return visit but its accompaniments sealed the deal. The in-house pickled cucumber and chillies provided the perfect counterpoint to the rich sandwich while the highly-addictive crispy-fried potato straws contributed extra texture to the overall. I am glad @momofuku doesn’t do potatoes because it meant I could inhale the entire heap freely.
It may not be obvious in my video but the portion is huge. If you have a smallish appetite, sharing might be a good idea. But make sure you don’t miss out on trying other items when you’re at Bedrock, like the deliciously complex Smoked Tomato Soup, the ever-popular and decadent signature Mac ‘n’ Cheese or the well-seasoned Roasted Bone Marrow.

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M E D I A T A S T I N G

When regular lobster rolls are too #Basic, there is always this pimped out baby waiting for you at the Burger & Lobster in Raffles Hotel.
Because not only is it topped with uni and caviar, but the chunks of lobster meat are also tossed in an uni emulsion before being stuffed into the toasted brioche roll.
Naturally, being #Extra comes with a bigger price tag of $50++. But do note, unlike their Original Lobster Roll which costs $40++, they do not serve this version with fries or salad. You can add on those separately if you like.

Because we had fallen in love with the #arepas we had in Toronto earlier this year, it was imperative to get a serving of the mealy soft Venezuelan corn bread again, this time stuffed with Head Chef Tamara’s take on the classic “Reina Pipiada” of shredded chicken, mayo and guacamole.

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Last Saturday, I had walked in here with the intention of ordering Guest Chef Alan’s (Instagram: @malaccamakanking) sandwich (it’s a Char Siew Glazed Beef Tongue Banh Mi) but sadly, they had run out of it. Fortunately, Chef Gabriel (Instagram: @paulotism) was quick to suggest he‘d make me something new: a yet-to-be-launched sandwich.

My verdict: Two thumbs up!

The Kimchi Grilled Cheese is one appetising creation for sure. I liked how the not-too-sour house-made Korean pickles and locally-grown kale offset the hot ooey-gooey richness of melted mozzarella and smoked cheddar. Ordinary butter wasn’t going to cut it either. It had to be sesame butter that got the honour of being spread on the sliced bread being they went on the grill.

Another plus: The portion is hefty, so two people with smaller appetites can split it.

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It’s a well known fact that when meat-lovers visit New York, a trek to “Katz’s Delicatessan” to worship at the temple of pastrami is mandatory. So there was where I ventured this morning.
Once I entered their hallowed hall, I could feel the air crackling with electricity - likely from my own manic level of anticipation. A little blue ticket was handed to me by a really big dude and I was told where to head to place my order, which is basically the long stretch of counters they have running down the right side of the space. All in all, getting hold of my sandwich was a pretty smooth process. Thank goodness because the customers never stopped streaming in.
From the first to the last bite of my sandwich, I was lost in ecstasy. There’s not been a pastrami remotely close to the stratospheric level of moistness, flavour and softness of the one at Katz. To top it off, it proved surprisingly less salty as well. I liked that they throw on complimentary pickles and lightly pickled cucumbers with every order of sandwich too.

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This, for me, straight up stole the limelight from their more famous Cheeseburger.
Stacked tall and proud, Au Cheval’s Fried Bologna Sandwich ($17.95) features extremely tasty bologna (pronounced as “ba-lo-nee”) that’s made from scratch in-house using Berkshire pork. The buns are softest pillows, sinking deep first beneath fingers, then teeth. Together, they are a powerfully delicious combination that weakened my knees and got me whimpering.
If there is one thing you must eat at @auchevaldiner, I’d say it’s this.

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Happiness is stumbling upon this gem while walking with my sis-in-law to pick my youngest nephew from school.
When we first entered the “Cheese Emporium”, a specialty grocery store on Mount Pleasant Village, I was under the impression that it was a treasure trove of cheese (which it is) but didn’t expect to find it a purveyor of the simple yet amazingly delicious classic panini as well.
Filled with salami, mozzarella, hot peppers, pickles and mustard (I chose to leave the mayo out), the ciabatta bread was slathered with butter on the outside and grilled in a panini press. It came out as a piping hot, flattened sandwich that smelled distractingly good and tasted even better. This packed an intense hit of salty and spicy that is truly mouthwateringly.

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Rather than me in a bikini, I would have this “Bikini” in me anyday 😂
But seriously, when so slender a sandwich proves to be a sheer force of flavour, how can you not be awestruck? It’s not math but madness that the three ingredients of Iberico ham, cheese and truffle can amalgamate into something of this magnificence.
Having just one piece can be considered masochistic because it whets the appetite for more but yet common sense commands you not fill your belly with more, lest the other temptations on the menu are missed.
Sigh... such a dilemma.

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Intense flavours reigned on this Crostini thanks to the spicy Nduja in all its porky power. Its fierce heat was tamed a little by the burrata’s cool creaminess while the confetti of fresh basil threw on a bright herbaceousness. All this action took place on a lightly-grilled piece of sourdough. Made in house, no less.

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H O S T E D
Sandwiches don’t get more ridiculously indulgent than this. Limited to only 3 of 4 portions per day, the Fat Cow Wagyu Sandwich features a no-holds-barred gigantic slab of Miyazaki Wagyu that’s been coated in a thin layer of breading and fried, between thin slices of toasted and buttered bread. I almost had to unhinge my jaw to take a bite (yes, it was THAT THICK) but I was handsomely rewarded by the fantastic combo of ultra-smooth, buttery soft, fat-laced beef dressed with a hint of a tangy-sweet sauce and the light crunchiness of the toast.
Here’s a tip: Go during lunch and you can enjoy this massive sandwich for $88++. That’s $20 less than the stated price of $108++ in the a la carte menu.

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Can't cook to save my life but boy, can I eat! 😄 (I pay for all my meals unless otherwise stated)

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