There’s no denying the craze of high-end Wagyu beef sandwiches: With Hong Kong’s proximity to Japan leading to high volume imports of the premium fat-marbled beef, the city’s chefs are turning to the humble street-style sando to highlight some of the world’s most expensive and tastiest beef.

Enter the Wagyu sando: featuring thick slabs of juicy beef breaded, deep-fried and sandwiched between soft milk bread with a smear of tonkatsu or tare. The mouthwatering Japanese sandwiches are as photogenic as they are crave-worthy. Here are 6 of the best versions around town. 

 

Wagyumafia

 

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Our Wagyumafia Katsu Sando is the only sandwich made for you 🔥🔥🔥

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Hailing from Tokyo, Wagyumafia’s first outlet outside of Japan landed in Hong Kong earlier this year. With only 18 seats, they normally serve an omakase menu that specialises in — you guessed it — sumptuous, well-marbled Wagyu beef. Like their name suggests, it can be dangerous to try one of these sandos — and not least of all on account of its eye-watering HK$800 price tag (you can also opt for a half-sando for HK$400). Featuring prized Miyazaki beef, these sandos are a splurge-worthy treat, deep-fried with tonkatsu and encased in house-made panko with the meat still bearing a pleasingly rosy pink centre.   

Wagyumafia, Shop 1B, G, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2608 0677

 

Sando Ba

Previously a pop-up at PMQ Taste Kitchen, Sando Ba are now dishing out their uber-popular A5 Wagyu Tenderloin katsu sandos from within the sleek confines of Omotesando Koffee. Not your typical sandwich shop, Sando Ba operates with a unique pop-up concept; they’ll be at Omotesando for a limited time only, so act quick to get your hands on one of their affordable Wagyu sandos. On a meat-free streak? You can also try the Impossible Meats version of the popular cutlet sandwich, made from the increasingly ubiquitous faux-meat plant protein.

Sando Ba, available from 12–6pm at Omotesando Koffee, Shop 24-25, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2601 3323

 

Fukuro

Known for their owl-stamped ice cream sandwiches, fresh sashimi and slurp-worthy noodles, modern izakaya Fukuro also serves up an off-menu Wagyu sando (HK$208, from 6pm until sold out). In addition to being instant clickbait on the ‘gram, the sandwiches — featuring a thick hunk of Wagyu with toasted Japanese milk bread — are a delicious snack for those looking to stave off hunger while sipping a highball before dinner. 

Fukuro, G/F, Winly Building, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2333 8841

 

Wagyu Vanne

 

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【最近在IG經常見到大熱的和牛三文治,兩片金黃色多士,夾着肉嫩多汁的牛扒,怎不教人流口水。Wagyu Vanne 用料一絲不苟,由日本名牌日山精肉供應的A5頂级牛柳(Chateaubriand) ,是牛柳中最嫩滑的部位,大約只佔整條牛柳的三分一,屬稀有部位,每日限賣十份。吃法都與別不同。專人將剛剛炸好的和牛,和烤到金黃色的多士送到客人面前。跟着將和牛放在多士上邊,輕輕搽上秘製醬汁,最後切成厚切三文治。多士入口香脆,和牛約大半寸厚,咬下去嫩滑多汁,秘製醬汁不會很甜,層次芳香,不經不覺掩蓋了A5和牛的油脂,真的好吃。】感謝飲食男女 @eat_travel_weekly 傾力報導!報導URL請睇Bio😍☎ 2885 0533📍 銅鑼灣謝斐道535號 Tower 535 1樓

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The square sando from Wagyu Vanne features high-grade A5 Hiyama Wagyu Chateaubriand (or your choice of a chunk flap cut) with a crispy exterior, sitting snugly between golden slices of toast. They only sell 10 of these per day though, so you’ll want to scoot over fast to get your teeth into one of these. 

Wagyu Vanne, 1/F, Central Mansion, Tower 535, Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2885 0533

 

Silencio

 

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#WagyuSando with fluffy hokaiddo milk bread 📸: @gogreengolean #和牛三文治, 用上了鬆軟的北海道牛奶麵包

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Hong Kong’s sleek new jazz bar, Silencio aims to put a creative spin on casual Japanese fare in a contemporary space, offering a vast departure from the traditional izakaya. Hot tip: Sit at the bar by the open kitchen and enjoy an evening of fun banter with the personable chef Sean Mell as he whips you up one of his decadent Wagyu sandos (HK$350). We like how the toasted bread is thick and sturdy enough to stand up to the generous amount of mayo and tonkatsu sauce — a well-crafted sandwich to sink your teeth into, best paired with a carafe of chilled sake. 

Silencio, 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2480 6569

 

Piqniq

 

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Wagyu Sandos make the world a better place #piqniqhk

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The al fresco setting at Piqniq gives you a lovely view atop H Queen’s in Central, with a snack menu that spans international dishes from Chinese to Japanese to Mediterranean fare. For a quick and tasty bite, however, you’ll want to go straight for the Wagyu sando (HK$428); made from A4 Miyazaki beef, it’s served in a highly Instagrammable red-checkered basket complete with dainty wooden skewers to match the picnic theme. Make sure you arrive with your cameras ready.

Piqniq, R/F (Rooftop), H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5200 1683

 

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Aydee Tie
Contributing Writer
A Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, Pokemon and altogether pop-culture geek, Aydee is the Head of Marketing at Burda Asia. On the weekends you can find her holed up in board game cafes plotting to conquer the world... one Meeple at a time.