A New York style deli in Singapore. OK, I must try! Having grown up in New York City, I know what this is about, let’s see if it can be replicated.
Located at Mandarin Gallery Sacha & Sons boast that it’s just like New York. Let a true New Yawker put that to the test.
This is the same space Wild Honey used to be at in Mandarin Gallery. The layout is exactly the same. Started out with Latkes. I always love these because they are thick, full of flavor and not overall greasy. Not the case here. Thin and greasy. Not that great honestly.
I wanted a bagel to try it out, but a bagel with a schmear is over S$6! Come on, I know it’s tough, but that much for a bagel?
So instead I saw a Reuben on the menu. I should have been leery of it, but me, I love Reubens. Why should I have been leery? First off a choice of Pastrami or Corned Beef. Everyone knows a Reuben is Corned Beef. Secondly a choice of bread. Everyone knows a Reuben is on Rye – preferably Marbled Rye.
OK, I forgive it. I went with a Corned Beef on Rye Reuben and this is what I got. Looks ok, but not what I am used to. I am used to it being grilled on the flat top, looking all buttery and oily with cheese and sauerkraut oozing out. This looks like a grilled Corned Beef on Rye Panini style.
And I was right. That’s exactly what this is. A Corned Beef on Rye with some Sauerkraut, a little bit of cheese and some Russian dressing. This is not a Rueben. It’s a grilled Corned Beef sandwich.
On top of that the Corned Beef is dry as all hell and I had to ask for extra dressing just to put on the sandwich.
No wonder I have never heard of Sacha & Sons in New York – because it’s not a true New York deli.