Japanese-style Wagyu sandos win the gold medal for steak sandwiches around the world – think soft, crustless, slightly sweet and toasted milk bread on the exterior and lightly breaded, fried, juicy and marbled Wagyu beef on the interior. Here’s where to find the top Wagyu sandos in the 852:
This is a less conventional Wagyu sando that doesn’t utilise the standard Japanese-style bread. Shane Osborn’s new restaurant, Cornerstone, serves its Wagyu bavette ($188) on lightly toasted ciabatta with mustard mayo, red onion and rocket. This one is a game changer; the succulent beef brings together a combination of intense, aromatic flavours.
49 Hollywood Road, Central, no bookings
For an eye-watering price but a mouth-watering taste, Wagyumafia sources the best Japanese Wagyu beef on offer. Having won the bid for the world’s most expensive Kobe beef in 2016, with the highest fat-marbling score in Kobe’s recorded history, these guys deep-fry it with a secret-recipe sauce to create their cult-fave Wagyu chateaubriand cutlet sandwich ($800).
G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, 2812 0500, book online
Piqniq is graced with picturesque views of Central, across Victoria Harbour and up to The Peak (on a clear day), so you can enjoy the scenery and the breeze whilst getting your chops around one of the eatery’s Wagyu sandos (+$250 with a Piqniq Basket). With lush vegetation and fairy-tale-like decor, this sandwich is quite literally a picnic in the park.
Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 5200 1683
A French-Japanese hotel restaurant, Marble serves its Miyazaki beef sandwich (from $488 as part of a lunch set) with a crisp coating, and it’s cooked medium rare before being wedged between two slices of toasted Japanese milk bread along with the chef’s secret shallot-laced sauce. Whilst French-Japanese cuisine is certainly not a new concept, it’s always high on our radar for a brainchild like this.
1/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 2650 8988
There’s an element of exclusivity to this one because modern izakaya Fukuro’s Wagyu zabuton katsu sando ($208) doesn’t actually appear on the menu! This one is humbly presented like a stacked club sandwich, complete with a wooden cocktail stick; an izakaya traditionally is an informal Japanese pub for weary workers, after all. We think one of these hearty sarnies is the ultimate pairing to be washed down with one of Fukuro’s many sake.
1–5 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, 2333 8841 (no bookings)
Moody izakaya Silencio serves up a real-deal Wagyu sando ($350) that we’re still craving months after tasting it for the first time. Stacked between fluffy, toasted milk bread with Kewpie mayo and tonkatsu sauce, the A4 Miyazaki Wagyu is cooked to juicy, rosy perfection.
6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2480 6569, book online
What do you reckon? Is the price of a well-fed and happy cow worth the taste of these luscious sandos? We think so.
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