The sando basically refers to a Japanese sandwich – but it’s so much more. Wrapped in an architecturally precise square format, the crustless white milk bread typically sandwiches a meat cutlet coated in panko breadcrumbs. Unsurprisingly, the Sando is one of Hong Kong’s biggest food crazes and rightly so. Here are our top picks for the best Sando in Hong Kong.
Operating seven locations worldwide, Wagyumafia finally made its Hong Kong debut in 2018 and it’s been making waves ever since. The wagyu specialist prides itself on its signature Wagyu chateaubriand cutlet sandwich – a crowd favorite. Made with a JOSPER grill, the Sando at Wagyumafia comprises thirteen ingredients with soy sauce and Katsu-smothered beef.
Unit F, Shop 1B, G/F, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, 2608-0677. Open every day 6:30pm to 11:00pm.
French Neo-bistro SOMM is famous for its divine selection of wine and sake, but its dining menu is just as noteworthy. The Japanese-influenced restaurant serves an indulgent breakfast comprising a hot beverage, juice, pastries, a main dish and a dessert. Tuck into this morning feast and opt for the Cheese & Cage for your main. The egg omelette Katsu Sando features Takoyaki sauce, nori and katsubushi, presented in a beautiful manner.
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132-0033. Open every day, times vary.
A quirky enclave hidden within Causeway Bay, The Alp at Lounge Hakuba pays tribute to Japanese ski lodges and cabins. It’s a surprisingly large space, amplified by the outdoor patio which welcomes diners to sit back and relax – après ski style. Come here to try the Japanese-inspired delights, including the beef or chicken Sando. Both sandwiches take a modern approach to the traditional dish. The beef Sando comes with fried beef, onion and barbecue sauce, while the marinated chicken Sando includes jalapeño in its recipe.
Unit 302, No, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2111-1707. Open every day 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Hollywood Road’s new Katsumoto Sando Bar is the restaurant’s second venture in Hong Kong. Judging by its name, it’s pretty obvious what the venue specializes in – Sando. From wagyu to pork Sandos, this joint offers a fun, eclectic setting to devour your meal in. Think samurai artefacts, beautiful Japanese-inspired art and cozy booths.
Basement, 67 Hollywood Road, Central, 2511-6860. Open every day 12:00pm to 12:00am.
PMQ’s Sake Central celebrates the Japanese beverage in all its glory, serving an international library of collections. But what’s drinking without the snacks? The Sando at Sake Central is an ode to the mighty Japanese dish, using minced Hokkaido pork belly coated with uncooked ‘Nama’ panko breadcrumbs. Using chef’s secret tonkatsu recipe, the sandwich adds Japanese cabbage in between the toasted Hokkaido milk bread. Be sure to ask your server to recommend a sake pairing with the dish – typically, a rich and umami heavy yamahai does the trick.
PMQ – Showcase, S109 – S113, Block A, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2656-6552. Open every day 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
If you’re on the hunt for a designated Sando bar, here it is. CUT Sandobar opened a few months ago, serving Japanese-style sandwiches in different variations. Guests can tuck into egg and bacon, brisket and vegetarian options of the dish. A unique feature of this restaurant is the concept of sound (music) and Sando merged together. The restaurateurs aim to inspire gourmands while eating, with a complementary playlist in the background.
8-10 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2952-2766. Open every day, 5:00pm to 10:00pm.