Gyu San for Wagyu sandos and more in Tanjong Pagar
We’re in no shortage of sando shops in Singapore, with popular names such as 46 Mittsu and Pipes by Hattendo making recent waves on social media. Another addition to the list is Gyu San, a fairly new Japanese sando shop and Wagyu butchery on the first floor of Guoco Tower.
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The sando side of the business is helmed by Japanese Chef Tomoyuki Kiga, who has cut his teeth in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. The menu is concise with a focus on quality ingredients: think thick-cut Wagyu sandos made with Japanese shokupan, Wagyu fat-fried chips and more.
The star of the show is the A5 Striploin Katsu Sando ($48++), which spotlights a 200g slab of premium A5 Wagyu striploin coated with a thin crust of panko breadcrumbs, and then deep-fried to a golden-brown. There’s a light slathering of wasabi aioli, and the steak is sandwiched between two toasted shokupan slices.
As with premium Wagyu, the beef is melt-in-the-mouth tender, with a rich flavour and generous marbling. You can also get the sando in the more affordable Gyu San house cut ($32++) or the ultra-luxe Chateaubriand cut, priced at a whopping $62++.
if you’re on a tighter budget, we recommend the Ebi Katsu Sando ($28++), which swaps the beef for a chunky minced shrimp patty and house-made tartar sauce.
Otherwise, tamago fans will enjoy the Tamagoyaki Katsu Sando ($18++): a thick and fluffy Japanese omelette patty between the same Japanese milk bread featured in the other sandos. It’s crispy and savoury, with a slight hint of sweetness from the egg.
Don’t forget to order a side of Wagyu Chips ($8++), too. These addictively thin Russet potato chips are fried in top-grade Wagyu fat, so each bite is a flavour bomb.
Aspiring home chefs can also check out the butchery section and choose from the impressive display of meats. Gyu San has over 55 premium Japanese Wagyu cuts directly imported from different prefectures, including rare and exclusive options.
Gyu San is located in Guoco Tower, a brief two-minute walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. Upon exiting the train station, walk up the escalator or take the lift to Level 1. Then, walk out into the semi-outdoor area, which houses numerous eateries. Turn left and walk all the way straight, where you’ll find the restaurant at the end of the building. There are only a few tables inside the restaurant, so if the weather permits, sit outside for an alfresco experience!
For more eats in Tanjong Pagar, read our Beigelhaus review if you’re in the mood for savoury bagel sandwiches! There’s also our Daejim review for those who are craving Korean barbeuce in the ‘hood.
Address: 7 Wallich Street, #01-03, Guoco Tower, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: Daily 11:30 am to 9pm
Gyu San is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Photos taken by Hui Hui Lau.
This was a media tasting at Gyu San.
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