Situated right beside my favourite Ocean Curry Fish Head along Telok Ayer was an old stationery store which frequently gets its facade blocked by the undying lunch queue for the economic rice. Amongst the stormy F&B competition there, I always thought it was strangely placed. Now in its place, is Park Bench Deli, the latest kid surrounded by the more established Western lunch options there. With Awesome Cafe, Market Grill, Napoleon, the more recent Meatsmith, and tonnes of other lunch options, is there still room for a sandwich store?
With selections like Kong Bak Banh Mi and (Philly) Cheese Steak, you know these people are serious about carving out a niche from the diverse competition in the area. And why not, since the menu was co-created from chefs of Lolla and Cajun Kings, two highly popular, long running restaurants with a strong following. Choose from a delectable range of 6 sandwiches and add on a couple of sides if you’re feeling more than peckish.
It was a tough choice for me but I got the Cheese Steak, because that’s a sandwich I can benchmark against the ones I had in the States, and my lunch bud chose the healthier Turkey RBC, a protein type he regularly orders from the likes of Salad Stop and Subway for good measure.
What first got my attention was that the hoagies rolls tasted more like baguettes (hollowed out to <0.5 cm thickness?!) with a slight bread crisp on the outside. They were not pulling our legs when they said ‘Sliced Beef Many, Many…’ I was thrilled with what felt like at least 200g of juicy, tender beef slices dripping with copious amounts of molten cheese sauce. I simply couldn’t put it down. If I hadn’t have to write this review, I would not have split this with my lunch company…
The roasted turkey breast being the healthier choice, did not disappoint in terms of taste. An awesome accompaniment with the succulent and surprisingly tender turkey breast is a light, creamy, sweet and sour relish. And again, stuffed to the brim like traditional American hoagies – this is one meal that will serve to fill.
Seats are extremely limited in this establishment though. With the centre of the deli carved out as a queuing/waiting area, they probably cater more to the take-away crowd.
The Fried Chicken and Kong Bak Banh Mi are the crowd pleasers from the many reviews we’ve read and we’ll be sure to add those to this list when we head back again!
Quality of food: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
179 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6815 4600
Hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
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