When it comes to a quick and decadent meal, nothing quite satisfies like a wagyu sando. Fortunately in Singapore you can find places where you can indulge in this delectable and decadent sandwich. 

The beauty of the sandwich lies in its simplicity. It’s essentially a slab of marbled meat fried in panko crumbs; a lick of tangy sauce; and two slices of crustless white bread.

The wagyu katsu sando isn’t an entirely new concept: it’s an elevated version of the tonkatsu sandwich commonly found in Japanese convenience stores. The premium offering has been around for a few years and can be traced back to specialty yakiniku restaurant Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara in Tokyo, where Chef Kentaro Nakahara first served it as a dessert. 

Then in 2019, it begun making a huge splash in other Asian dining capitals. Bangkok came first and by September 2019, Hong Kong followed suit. Now it seems the bars and restaurants here have picked up its deliciousness.

Take for instance Live Twice which not only serves up a solid beef katsu sando, but also ebi and cheese variants while Deadfall at Barbary Coast boasts an unconventional TTW (tater tot waffle) sando.

Here’s where you can go to get the best wagyu sando in Singapore: 

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Live Twice
20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834
+65 9011 8304
Live Twice

Come to Live Twice for its selection of classic and signature cocktails and stay for the beef katsu sandwich (S$32++). A thick panko-coated steak sits between two plush slices of milky Hokkaido bread, and decorated with a touch of Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce. Order the cheese sando as well if you aren’t satiated just yet; it’s slathered with jam and features a croquette stuffed with five types of cheese.

02
Tamashii Robataya
12 N Canal Rd, #02-01 The Offshore building, Singapore 048825
+65 6222 0316
Tamashii Robataya

Tamashii Robataya specialises in grilled dishes but they know best when it comes to the gyu layered sando (S$78). This restaurant’s version uses A5 Miyazaki beef that’s delicately cooked on a robata grill over hot charcoal, battered in a housemade breadcrumb mix, in then sandwiched between two pillowy slices of milk bread that’s made in-house. Juicy, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth — what’s not to love?

03
D.bespoke
2 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089816
+65 8141 5741
D.bespoke

D.bespoke is an elegant speakeasy-style bar that prides itself in creating custom cocktails and its sizeable selection of liquors. Lean back with your favourite tipple in hand and order the beef katsu sando, which features premium cuts as an homage to founder Daiki Kanetaka’s hometown of Kobe. The establishment also offers the traditional tonkatsu and ebi katsu variants.

(Image credit: @jillfooddiary)

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The Feather Blade
61 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088482
The Feather Blade

It might come as no surprise that meat specialty restaurant The Feather Blade serves up a solid beef katsu sando (S$20.00++) . The restaurant uses USDA prime steak rather than any wagyu variants, but the version here still makes for a tempting offering. Slabs of marbled meat are breaded, fried in beef fat, dressed with house-made katsu sauce, and nestled between two slices of toasted brioche buns. The dish is only available on Tuesdays.

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Hiryu
39 Tras St, Singapore 078978
+65 6788 9188
Hiryu

Hiryu’s wagyu sando (S$58) is truly something to behold. Thick cuts of charcoal grilled A5 Miyazaki wagyu sit between perfectly toasted slices of white bread. What sets the contemporary restaurant’s offering apart is the generous serving of uni (sea urchin) that’s spread between meat and bread, which lends a rich, briny tang to the dish.

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Kabuke
200A Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068638
+65 8822 5525
Kabuke

Nestled on the second floor of a shophouse in Telok Ayer Street is Kabuke, a Japanese bar that offers more than an amazing selection of sakes. Here, the Japanese Wagyu Sando sees a premium slab of A4 Kagoshima wagyu striploin that’s been fried to perfection, before it’s accompanied by cherrywood-smoked salt, wasabi cream cheese, and Hokkaido milk toast. You’ll won’t want to share this one, trust us.

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Fat Cow
1 Orchard Blvd, #01-01/02 Camden Medical Centre, Singapore 248649
+65 6735 0308
Fat Cow

Beef lovers should be acquainted with Fat Cow by now; the award-winning modern fine-dining Japanese restaurant has carved a niche for itself for offering well, the most decadent cuts of quality beef over the years. The Fat Cow Wagyu Sandwich is a sight to behold with its generous slice of thinly breaded Miyazaki A4 wagyu striploin, which when sandwiched between buttered toast and tangy sauce just screams decadence.

This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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