Superb Sandwiches

Superb Sandwiches

From the severely sinful sandwiches to the simple yet so superb ones, this list covers 'em all. Just like how these places have covered their bread with fantastically flavorsome fillings.
Russell Leong
Russell Leong

@samwitchsg is a fortnight old (at time of writing) sandwich shop that currently only serves two sandwiches: a slow cooked shredded chicken sandwich, and this beautiful beef pastrami sandwich. As for why it’s called Samwitch, well, one of the three women running the place is named Sam. No surprises there.⠀

At $10.60 nett for this sandwich, a tiny tub of coleslaw, and a cup of either amazing American sweet tea that’s ravishingly refreshing or ice lemon tea, it’s an acceptable deal. The pastrami, which is slow cooked till it falls apart with minimal convincing, is a little underseasoned on its own. The brilliant brisket is spiced with all the prerequisite spices that make a pastrami, but the flavours are very subtle & are quite shy to reveal themselves to your tastebuds.⠀

However, this was balanced out with an ample application of smoky barbecue sauce onto one half of the sandwich. The mountain of meat that was piled between the bread was definitely the selling point here, and as mentioned before, the tender meat was amped up with the savoury BBQ sauce which made for a delicious eating experience. That, and the slices of sharp pickles, and the shredded cheese. Admittedly the cheese could’ve been melted more, but it ain’t too bad for a start.⠀

For all my Muslim ladies & gentlemen out there, I’m sorry but no, Samwitch has no intentions of going halal yet even though they use neither pork nor lard in their preparations & recipes. They are looking to expand their menu sometime soon though, so I’ll definitely be watching them. In a non-creepy way of course.

You can’t be a self respecting Cuban restaurant and not serve a competently crafted Cuban sandwich, ain’t that right fellas? @cubalibre.cq ain’t just about self respect, they got loads of passion & pride where it counts and their Sandwich Cubano ($16++) is proof positive of that.⠀

It’s a somewhat untraditional Cuban sandwich, with the prerequisite ham, roast pork & pickles, but the traditional Swiss cheese has been substituted by mozzarella, and bacon has been thrown into the flavoursome fray. Still, the toasted Cuban bread with a crusty exterior & a chewy, pillowy interior houses a fabulous flavour fiesta.⠀

The savoury, juicy thick cut roasted pork belly adds a massive meatiness to the sandwich which will give your jawline a thorough sculpting session. Meanwhile, the ham & bacon turn up to transform this sammy into a salty, smoky pork party that’s perfectly palatable. The mozzarella cheese is decidedly untraditional, but nobody can deny just how wonderfully sexy & creamy melted mozzarella cheese is.⠀

For sixteen bucks, this Cubano is a stellar sandwich that’s quite the world beater. I’ll definitely be back to liberate another Cubano straight into my tummy.⠀

Thank you for the hospitality, @cubalibre.sg & @burpple!

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Two Men Bagel House have just completed the holy bagel trinity by opening their newest outlet in Holland Village. The last time I went was a decade ago, when their only outlet at Tanjong Pagar was obscenely overcrowded. Their menu has changed radically since then, and if the Space Sheep ($14 nett, I believe) is any indication, it’s most definitely a change for the better.⠀

In the interest of full disclosure, the Space Sheep was my backup choice, and sure enough they were all out of the porchetta. However, I’m glad I made space for the sheep, because the sheep was stellar. The lamb koftas are basically just lamb meatballs, and they reminded me a lot of Culina’s lamb sausages. That’s a good thing, mind you, as Culina slings out smashing sausages consistently.⠀

The gaminess of the delicious lamb was shepherded superbly by the spicy harissa feta. The spice level certainly hits the spot, and can make you sweat if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, the insistent pepperiness of the harissa completely canceled out the mint gremolata and the parmesan aioli that was somewhere within the bagel.⠀

It’s understandable that both elements get completely dominated by the strong, heavy flavours of the lamb and the harissa feta, and it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme. Plus, the plain bagels are really anything but, with a nice, soft chewiness to it that gives so much satisfaction from every last chew. It’s so perfectly delicious, I swear these bagels are bae-goals.

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After a long absence from @parkbenchdeli, I finally found revisitation motivation in the form of their monthly special. October is the month of the Bull Duck Sandwich, which sees a P H A T slice of chili glazed confit duck leg thrust between a pair of soft buns, while dressed with watercress salad & sauerkraut.

The duck wasn’t as tender as I thought it would be, but it wasn’t that much of a challenge to chew through so no harm done. The gochujang aioli was truly inspired, effortlessly hooking up with the chili glaze while adding a deep, sensationally savoury flavour to the burger along with a decent dose of spicy heat.

The sauerkraut played the rule of the fun police (typical German), but its sharp sourness worked well to keep the very heavy gochujang sauce from running absolutely riot. It’s most definitely messy delicious, so leave your decorum & dignity at the door. Hurry up though, cause this fat ducker is only sticking round till the end of October.

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The Caffeine Experience is but a hole in the wall of Tanjong Pagar Xchange, but their tiny size doesn’t deter them from putting out divine cuppas and piquant paninis.

Their chicken & avocado panini is living proof of that claim. A juicy, homemade chicken patty is generously slathered with avocado, sandwiched between two halves of a crusty panini, and then put into the griller. And brother, it is truly a thing of beauty.

What are you waiting for? Get down there and have an extraordinary experience now.

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Ironically enough, while a beautiful brisket will result in brisker business for your dining establishment, the best briskets are done slow and low. Abattoir Blues smoke their beautiful beef brisket low and slow for 12 hours to achieve this banging smoked brisket roll (A$20).

While the brisket did get a little dry in certain spots, there was no denying its tenderness. The brisket is just like a soft bed: it’s crying out for you to sink deep into it. The smoking imparts a heady smokiness and deep smoky flavors into the tender beef. While inadequate in quantity, the homemade barbie (that’s Aussie for barbecue) sauce and creamy garlic aioli more than made up for it in quality.

The sauces fused to blast that brisket with even more delicious, savory and utterly tantalizing flavors. The result was the elevation of the decent serving of brisket from “hey that’s pretty good” to “holy shit give me ten of these pronto”. The crusty ciabatta bread was the yang to the yin of the beef, delivering the hardness and crustiness to balance out the softness of the brisket. The tangy slaw and the sharp pickles also did their part to restore balance to the force.

With specials this scintillating, there ain’t no Blues at this Abattoir, son.

A moo-dy cow. The Blind Monk‘s steak sandwich ($12), however, is guaranteed to put you in a good moo-d.

A sirloin steak is sandwiched between two slices of extra crusty bread, and is complemented with a zesty tomato relish, sweet, sublime caramelized onions and a couple of strips of bacon. Really, it’s impossible to go wrong with this combo, and every last bite of that sumptuous steak sandwich was simply stellar.

This steak sandwich is best washed down with a brown ale from one of The Blind Monk’s dozen taps o’ joy.

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I've never had a lobster roll before, so when I saw that the newest outlet of Seattle Pike Chowder was selling these bad boys at a rather reasonable $25.90 a set (comes with a drink and a side salad), it was impossibly irresistible.

There's a whole load of lobstah jammed between those soft, golden buns, and the crustacean chunks were grilled to a glorious golden brown. I was put off by the sharp and slightly spicy mayonnaise that was slathered on the crack of the bun as it detracted from the natural beauty of the lobster flesh.

However, upon sampling an individual chunk of lobster, I was transported to Flavortown. Subtly sweet, juicy and slightly bouncy, the lavish lobster meat was given an amazing do-over with the smokiness from the grill and the superb seasoning of salt, black pepper and something else I can't quite identify.

This lobstah roll truly deserves every last penneh of yours, and you should roll up to this joint every now and then because of it.

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I'm wallowing in even more self loathing now after finally having a bagel from Two Men Bagel House, thanks to this Turk which I decided to slap onto a rye bagel for $14 nett.

A generous serving of juicy, thick cut smoked turkey breast finds itself married to some leaves (rocket maybe, I have no clue due to the fact that I'm not a botanist), a drizzle of berry vinaigrette and a smattering of house made bacon jam within the confines of the rye bagel that's been slathered with light cream cheese.

I was in paradise right from the very first bite, believe me. The moderately chewy rye bagel provided the texture and bite that's essential to every exceptional sandwich, while the cream cheese just amped up the indulgence levels.

The turkey breast was so juicy that wolfing down the Turk turned into quite the messy affair in short order, and it was just bursting with so many fantastic flavors. The berry vinaigrette was an awesome addition to the sandwich, as it was reminiscent of cranberry sauce, which almost always goes very well with, you guessed it, turkey.

The real MVP here is that bloody beautiful bacon jam. Chewy, gratifyingly greasy diced bacon is fried up with crispy shallots, and Two Men certainly ain't shy about their impressive creation as they gladly load it into the bagel for maximum pleasure.

Thanks a lox for pumping out such incredible bagel-wiches, they're all one really kneads for a good meal.

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Today in yet another tragic disaster, Hungry Bazterdz has officially shut down till June, and they'll reopen somewhere along Arab Street then. Of course, I can't miss out on the experience of having sinful sandwiches just below my office for one last time, so there I was with a Grand Poobah in hand. For just ten bucks, due to HB's awesome moving out sale.

This time, I elected to pile on all that delectable pulled beef and caramelized onions that had been braised for six hours in au jus onto two thick slices of sourdough bread instead, and boy was I satisfied.

I'm not sure if the Grand Poobah has gotten better since the last time I devoured it last year, but it sure tasted like it! There was a strong note of sweetness that wasn't there the last time, which accentuated the stellar beefy savoriness of the massive mound of meat between the sourdough.

The sourdough was definitely a better pick over the usual hoagie roll, and the crustiness of the crust (sorry, I couldn't dig up another description) contrasted the softness and tenderness of the beef pleasantly, while the soft chewy dough gave a little resistance to the otherwise all-too compliant pulled beef (that's a good thing, mind you), and managed to stay relatively un-soggy until I finished savoring every last morsel of the Grand Poobah.

Now that's what I call going out in style.

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Just when I thought I'd found my favorite chicken sandwich in town, Hungry Bazterdz outdoes themselves with this utter slice of sin between two slices of wholemeal sandwich.

The Pablo Chikon is yet another one of HB's new sandwiches, comprising of a thick, juicy chunk of crispy fried chicken, spicy sesame mayo, tomato relish and most appealingly, crispy fried Cajun marinated salmon from Fish Sh-nack between two slices of thick wholemeal bread.

And simply put, it's the best new sandwich. Think of a McSpicy on steroids but even better, and you've got the Pablo. It's one of the messiest sandwiches in the HB lineup due to how outrageously thick the delicious chicken patty is, and how lavishly that sumptuous spicy sesame mayo is spread all over the bread. It can get a little rich due to all the delicious elements within the sandwich, so the smaller eaters may want to bring a pal to tag team this sandwich.

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Yeah no, I'm not trying to be a jackass. This sandwich IS called the Eggslut sandwich.

Although it sounds like the culinary version of the harlot of Babylon, it's actually pretty modest in real life (or maybe that's due to HB's insane lunch offerings permanently spoiling me). Crispy, salty rashers of chicken bacon (well, Hungry Bazterdz is halal after all) are laid on a bed of creamy avocado spread all over thick toasted white bread.

Of course, lets not forget the main attraction, the fabulous, fried sunny side up egg that leaks its savory juices out onto its partners, adding that extra element of creaminess to the proceedings. It could all get a little overwhelming, but fortunately there's an abundance of spicy ranch dressing to cut through the richness and to spice things up a little.

This Eggslut might not be the most sinful temptress around, but it will definitely leave you satisfied and licking your fingers clean of all the sauciness.

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