This Hong Kong incarnation of a classic New York-style deli makes everything in-house. It pickles its own veggies, bakes its own bread and cures and smokes its own beef brisket. Expect American-size portions of classic sandwiches like the chunky, meaty and downright sexy pastrami on rye ($108). You’ll need a New York state-of-mind to tackle these doorstops.
Also recommended: The reuben ($118) is a sandwich packed with beef, cheese and sauerkraut. It’s usually hard to find in Hong Kong but, fear not, this one’s a doozy.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Knead is Sheung Wan’s newest hip café. You can tailor-make your own salads and sandwiches from the drool-inducing range of bread and fillings. There are a few signatures including the hearty beef brisket with caramelised onions and gouda cheese on rye bread ($58), which is toasted for gooey melted cheese goodness. Knead offers gluten-free and vegan options, as well as freshly brewed coffee. Pop by in the evening for an antipasto platter, a custom sarnie and a glass of wine.
Also recommended: The brie, ham, aubergine and avocado sandwich ($70) is served on a quinoa baguette. Carbs with some bonus protein.
3/3rds has expanded from its original base in Wong Chuk Hang and opened shop in Central, bringing with it its mantra of the ‘power of three’ – ‘eat, do and live’. Enjoy fresh soups, salads, pizzas and, of course, great sandwiches here. Though the three-cheese and onion toastie ($65) has become quite the Instagram hero, the sarnie that tops the lot is the meat-free portobello mushroom ($65) stuffed with portobellos that have been sautéed in a soy and lemon juice sauce and plenty of butter. Surrounded by ricotta, mayonnaise and rocket and served up in a ciabatta, this treat keeps the veggies happy!
Also recommended: The gloriously tender Ribwich ($70) is mighty and meaty.
Tucked away at the end of Wan Chai’s Swatow Street lies semi-alfresco sandwich joint Bread & Beast. The sarnies here are unique and innovative, with creations like the fried chicken-championing Kentucky San ($78), which comes with curry Kewpie mayo, nori, shredded white cabbage and pickled ginger. The sides are not to be missed either, especially the Lennon fries ($38), which are smothered in okonomiyaki sauce and topped with bonito flakes, nori, Kewpie mayo and a 63-degree egg. This is food porn.
Also recommended: The Ngau Lam-wich ($88) is filled with 12-hour slow-cooked beef and garnished with pickled daikon and soy bean sauce mayo. It borrows its flavour profile from beef brisket noodles.
Wan Chai’s latest watering hole, Deligator, is a Cuban-themed bar that serves up some mean sarnies to accompany the cigars and rum cocktails on offer. The eatery does a pretty authentic sandwich dubbed the El Cubano ($80), where slow-roasted pork shoulder, Swiss cheese, ham, pickles and mustard are pressed to perfection for an authentic taste of Cuba. In fact, all of the sandwiches and burgers here are top-notch, as are the creative cocktails.
Also recommended: The meatball marinara sandwich ($85) is a satisfyingly messy affair of juicy pork that’s slathered in a tangy tomato-based seafood sauce. It comes in a crispy baguette.