Sando Bar's all-day menu draws on the heritage of co-owner Naoya Shimada and includes the signature pork-katsu sandwich – or sando as it’s known in Japanese. It comes with Panko-crumbed pork loin, fennel-cabbage slaw, mustard mayo and tonkatsu sauce between two slices of bread and a side of lotus-root chips.
There are also more familiar cafe dishes such as the smashed avo on toast served with furikake (a savoury and salty Japanese seasoning), bacon and goma-ae (spinach salad with sesame dressing). And a bacon-and-egg sandwich with tamagoyaki (a Japanese rolled omelette), bacon, mayo and barbeque sauce.
You can also opt for a shoyu ramen with garlic-yuzu-marinated chicken, bamboo shoots, egg, nori (seaweed) and mizuna (mustard greens).
When it comes to drinks, Shimada’s high-school friend Jay Reyes (ex-Bills and Lox Stock & Barrel is working the coffee machine (using beans from Little Marionette). There is also beer and a wine and cocktail list.
The handsome space brings in natural light – which is handy for diners who want to partake in a spot of table tennis between bites.