Mention a sandwich lunch and one is often likely to get a lukewarm response – the thought of cold, clammy, premade sandwiches is often not greatly appetising. In the UK, however, the sandwich is probably the number 1 choice for grab-n-go lunches. For me, I remember the days I spent chomping down “gourmet” Pret-A-Manger sandwiches (complete with crisp bacon and which, to this day, I still love and adore) in freezing cold London weather, and thinking to myself, how nice it would be, if we had a similar outlet in Singapore. Well, Pret-A-Manger came and went, and still, sandwiches aren’t that popular in Singapore. Some time back (before FoodsmithOne and I started this blog), we chanced upon a sandwich shop at Hitachi Tower down in Raffles Place called Joe and Dough. Sandwich-phobes need not worry – their sandwiches aren’t the cold, pre-wrapped sandwiches, but rather, are hot and toasted, and made with artisan bread.
My favourite at Joe and Dough is the Teriyaki Chicken, which is essentially a ciabatta filled with teriyaki chicken, pineapple slices (from the tin), and roasted zucchini slices. Topped with a thin slathering of mayonnaise, the combination of the sweet / savoury teriyaki sauce and the slightly tart pineapple slices sends me straight to sandwich heaven. The crisp toasted ciabatta bread is so well-baked that I’m often tempted to just buy the ciabatta on its own.
I’ve also tried the Bacon Mushroom Melt which is served on homemade Swiss zorf bread (pretty close to brioche in texture). Other offerings also include a Cajun Chicken (served on a fougasse) and the English Bratwurst and Onions (served on a wholemeal panini). But being the boring old person I am, I still often find myself ordering the Teriyaki Chicken over and over again. The ciabatta is just so yummy (and yes, I know I am repeating myself but I really can’t help harping on it), you really must try it to test for yourself.
Joe and Dough
16 Collyer Quay
Hitachi Tower #02-05
Tel: +65 6438 2115