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Oct 16, 2007 08:59 PM

Great sandwiches in Tokyo

I'm looking for a discussion on good sandwiches available in the greater Tokyo area.
Japanese style, French style, anything goes.

I'll start with the chain bakery Paul.
Some of their stuff is really good.

I'm a fan of the Charcuterie sandwich. The cornichons are a nice touch and the bread itself has great character.

The Ancien series is nice as well, the tuna salad matches well with the bread.

I recently tried one whose name escapes me, it was the vegetarian-ish sandwich with egg salad, hard boiled eggs and perhaps tomatoes. I added sliced pepperoni and enjoyed it much more.

Who else likes Paul? Other recommendations?

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  1. As far as burgers go, I really liked the Bacon Bleu Burger at the Park Hyatt Delicatessen

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    1. re: lost squirrel

      Here is a tuna and smoked salmon sando from Kobeya Kitchen. I'm not sure if this is still sold or not, lots of their things have very limited runs.

    2. Most sandwiches in Tokyo are pretty anemic. They are generally made on white bread and top-loaded with mayonnaise. While there are many excellent bakeries that carry various sandwiches, they tend to be very low on protein content and high on cheaper ingredients. The bread from such places is usually lovely but that isn't enough to make a great sandwich IMO.

      The "best" sandwiches (based on what you tend to favor) are from Kua'aina though they are very pricey.

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      1. re: Orchid64

        Ku'aina is good, I agree. Also in that vein would be Wolfgang Puck Express.

        I wonder if anyone's selling a Philly Cheese Steak or an Italian Hoagie anywhere.. doubtful though :(

        1. re: lost squirrel

          there is a philly cheese steak stand across from the Franc Franc outlet in the gotemba premium outlets, or whatever it's called, just off the Tomei at the gotemba exit. certainly wouldn't make a trip there just for the cheese steak, but it is in fact there and has been since the place opened. the hot dog is not too bad from the same stand.
          oh yeah, it is not expensive

          1. re: jicamasama

            Nathan's hotdogs in Shiodome also claims to make a cheese steak

      2. Viron in Shibuya has excellent French style sandwiches. Not cheap, but the bread is probably the best in Tokyo, better than many bakeries in Paris.

        For burgers I like kui aina they do a real turkey sand but somehow I always crave a burger when I go there. For an Aussie style burger Brozzers in ningyocho is pretty good.

        I really hate those Japanese style sandos with almost no filling on bad white bread, but somehow the maisen tonkatsu sandwich on tonkatsu-sauce sodden crustless white bread is a guilty pleasure.

        Still mourning the loss of pret a manger and their crawfish sandwich.

        Can't imagine a US style Italian deli sand in Japan, the amount of meat and cheese they use would make it cost 5,000 plus yen.

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        1. re: steamer

          [quote] but somehow the maisen tonkatsu sandwich on tonkatsu-sauce sodden crustless white bread is a guilty pleasure. [/quote]

          I completely understand. At that point, it's not really a sandwich anymore. It's just tonkatsu with an edible wrapper.

          As for the italian subs and cheese steaks, I agree as well. It is very cost prohibitive. Lately I've been making my own, its marginally cheaper than a good meal out.

          1. re: lost squirrel

            There used to be a "NY style deli" in Kannai, Yokohama run by a Jewish guy from New York. But that was years ago. I like the chicken teriyaki at Freshness Burger, which is their best sammy I think.

            I've NEVER seen Italian subs or cheese steaks in Japan. Though, outside Yokosuka base there may be some places that serve them. I know there used to be a taco joint there.

            1. re: Silverjay

              Pretty good list of places on Bento actually- . Looks like there is a Jewish deli again. It's in Shirokane. On the deli theme, it also says that West Park Cafe has bagels from H&H in NY. Go figure. I guess they can't import Philly cheesesteaks and muffalettas from N'Orleans....

          2. re: steamer

            Searching for Viron's address, I came up with this link:


            Some other good advice for the bread section of a sandwich at least.

            1. re: steamer

              I would second Viron, and I've also had some excellent sandwiches from the boulangerie/take out section of the Roppongi Hills Joel Robuchon.

              But I do have to confess to a fondness for convenience store egg salad sandwiches. Unless they have lettuce in them. Then they're just gross.

              Is Benugo at Ebisu Garden Palace any good? There used to be one at Shiodome, too, but it was gone last time I was there.

              1. re: Debbie M

                Eeww, the egg salad kills me.

                The tuna salad from 7-11 on the hand is always a good bet though.

                1. re: lost squirrel

                  Well, good. That means there should be at least one triangular egg salad sando left when I stop by 7-11 before I head back to the ryokan for the night!

                2. re: Debbie M

                  I wouldn't say it's worth a special trip, but Benugo has a good reputation with many people who work in YGP.

              2. Has anyone tried this place? mmm patty melts and roast turkey!


                I had a very nice curried tuna on pumpernickle sammy from some shop in the keio mall walkway in the Shinjuku station. I don't know they name of the shop, but I always put a little curry in my tuna now.

                Also curious, has anyone tried firehouse? I've been meaning to check it out for awhile, but still haven't had the chance.


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                1. re: taryn

                  Never been to cravings but sounds good. As for Firehouse, they used to have them deliver to my old office when meetings ran through lunch, a very good burger.

                  1. re: taryn

                    I had heard about Cravings but then I noticed they got some fairly negative feedback on some Japanese boards.

                  2. I remember seeing an episode of the show Dotchi, and they featured a delicious looking tonkatsu sandwich. Anyone know of a shop in Tokyo that makes a particularly good one? The ones featured on the show were mouthwatering, good bread, crispy and juicy katsu, shredded cabbage and katsu sauce. Thanks.