Sarnies @ 136 Telok Ayer Street
Sarnies- a Brit slang for Sandwiches, is a quaint little cafe located in the CBD area. Opened by a brother and sister team from Aussie, this sandwich specialty shop has fast worked its way into the hearts of many with their emphasis on healthy, organic, whole foods at affordable prices. It was hard not to feel a wave of nostalgia as I walked through the doors and saw the chalked boards which displayed the cafe’s offerings with salads, sandwiches and the wine display at the side because it was like any ‘typical’ cafe you would step into Down Under.
It was also noticeably obvious that most customers were regulars, evident from the friendly banter exchanged while the counter staff were taking orders though this is hardly surprising as they were very down-to-earth and genuine people. Because of the small seating area indoors and unless you were willing to sit outdoors in the sweltering heat, many people walked in and left with big brown paper bags as takeaways instead.
Known for their fresh ingredients and hearty portions, we decided to get a salad + sandwich + brownie to share so that we would be able to finish everything and at the same time, sample a little of everything!
We chose the Pesto Special which was a daily special salad. A large bowl of really fresh mixed lettuce, shredded chicken, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes with the biggest dollop of Pesto dressing ever! This homemade basil pesto dressing is the best pesto I have had by far. Great blend of crushed garlic, basil and olive oil with bits of pine nuts that just pulled the entire salad together with its flavour and almost creamy consistency. We loved it so much we had to ask if the dressing was for sale. And guess what? It is! Just call a couple of days ahead, place your order and you can go down to collect your very own container of basil pesto dressing..imagine how awesome al dente spaghetti would taste with that pesto!
Next up was their crowd-pleasing Aussie Grass Fed Steak, dijon mustard, mixed lettuce, mushrooms and caramelized onions that is only available for lunch. The bread is apparently handmade and baked by the owners each day and is a hit with customers. Unfortunately, the crust was a little too rock hard for me and I was finding difficulty in biting through the sandwich, which was frustrating because the layers of steak, mushrooms and caramelized onions spilling out of the sandwich looked so inviting.
Moving onto dessert…do not look lowly on this small rectangular brown cake because the first forkful will blow your mind. This Sarnies brownie is possibly the fudgiest, most chocolatey brownie that is so moist and not too sweet at all. No, the people at Sarnies are not being stingy by selling such a small piece but this is because it’s just the right size for you to enjoy and be satisfied.
Check out how moist it is on the inside and the well baked crumbs it is made of. Absolutely delish. All chocolate lovers will definitely love this. Guaranteed!
And of course being the unlucky ones who did not get a seat indoors, we were perspiring in the humidity when we noticed that everyone around us were enjoying this iced drink so we asked the server what it was before ordering our own because it looked too irresistible especially in this weather! This Iced Lemon Mint Tea was very light, refreshing and the answer to the heat. It is really a must order at Sarnies especially if you are sitting outdoors, it makes all the difference and quenches your thirst without an aftertaste. We gulped this down pretty quickly!
Overall, Sarnies sells real food in large portions at nett prices that makes a healthy and satisfying meal. And if you are a coffee connoisseur, then you must definitely try a Sarnies brew which I hear is really good. Love the chilled and laid-back atmosphere with great personable staff but if you can, try to avoid the 12-2pm lunch crowd and I am sure you will be able to better enjoy this place and all its offerings.
136 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6224 6091
Mon–Tue: 7.30am – 5.30pm
Wed–Fri: 7.30am – 10.30pm