Comfort food is doing big business right now in Hong Kong. Yes, while Hong Kong has one of the best fine dining scenes in the world, one thing that has been lacking for a while is honest, simple food that isn’t too fancy or complicated. And this idea is perhaps no better represented than in the form of a humble sandwich – and, contrary perhaps to popular belief, there are some pretty impressive sandwiches to be had around town if you know where to find them.
Bread & Beast
One of the best things we’ve heard in a while is that these local purveyors of sandwich amazingness were opening their first bricks and mortar site. Their house-made porchetta and pickle panini has already gained cult status from their various pop-up sites, while the lap cheung (Chinese sausage) scrambled may just be our new favourite way to start the day.
Add: Bread & Beast, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 9016 3832
Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon
While the fresh crispy pockets with their various fillings have made something of a name for themselves, for something a little heartier at this Landmark institution, look no further than their sandwich selection. These bad boys do things that no pre-packaged sandwich should have the right to do, remaining fresh, full of flavour and, perhaps surprisingly given how few ingredients they hold, wholly satisfying affairs.
Add: Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, Shop 315 & 334, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2166 9088
Passion by Gérard Dubois
Because French bakers just love naming restaurants after themselves, apparently. Passion has been delivering for years now – the fact that it always seems to be a go-to meeting spot for Hong Kong’s growing French community is testament to how good the nosh is here. The turkey and brie on rye is a favourite here, while the roast beef has never disappointed. They also have some of the best quiche in town, too, so make sure you save some room.
Add: Passion by Gérard Dubois, G/F, The Johnston Suites, 74-78 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Contact: 00852 2529 1311
What is arguably the best croissant in Hong Kong gets taken to the next level when it turns croissandwich – the hearty ham and brie (which is seared to order) shows why the classics will never go out of style, while the juicy curried langoustine needs to be eaten to be believed. There’s also a slow-cooked duck confit panini, too, which is the exact opposite of a light meal in the most delicious and magnificent way possible.
Add: Urban Bakery, Shop 322, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Add: 3/3rds, Unit D, 22/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 3462 2951
Main St. Deli
Hong Kong’s first (and still, inexplicably, only) New York-style deli is this upscale, 1940s throwback in the basement of The Langham. And just like in the Big Apple, it’s all about size here – these are some of the biggest sandwiches in town. The chicken parm is juicy and cheesy and tomatoey in all the right places, while the packed-to-the-brim Reuben is foiled perfectly with an oversized pickles and one of the Deli’s seriously kick-ass milkshakes.
Add: Main St. Deli, Lower Lobby Level, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Contact: 00852 2375 1133
Oh Sunday’s. Your achingly hip vibe is probably far too cool for the likes of us – but your sandwiches are just so good we can’t help but keep coming back. Mind your snapback in this K-Town hotspot as you munch on one of their excellent chicken meatball banh mi, banging scotch egg sandwich or game-changing katsu sandwich. There’s a handy selection of wines and sakes on offer to wash it all down with, too – because why not make every day a Sunday?
Add: Sunday’s Grocery, 66-68 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2628 6001
Deep fried flounder is interchanged with deep fried oyster in The Walrus’ Po Boy, with house-made pickles and coleslaw providing the perfect amount of crunch, sweetness and balance for the proteins. The bread too is a highlight, a slightly sweet roll with just the right amount of crunch.
Add: The Walrus, 64 Staunton Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Simple as this cult favourite may be, it is probably one of the most addictive bites in town. Ham, cheese and the right amount of truffle are sandwiched together in Catalunya’s Bikini, a light, fluffy and downright delicious finger of perfectly balanced, crust-free goodness. Sublime.
Add: Catalunya Hong Kong, G/F, Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2866 7900
Vinny Lauria’s recent menu revamp to celebrate the Elgin Street’s sixth anniversary has reminded us why we fell in love with it in the first place – and why we keep going back. New additions include the more than handy sandwich menu, which includes re-imagined classics like the Toscana (pictured), in which breaded New York striploin is paired with lemon butter, mushrooms and cheese, or the seriously delicious De Blasio, with chicken, kale and mozzarella. The best part? They’re available as six inch and foot-long subs.
Add: Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 00852 2577 7160