Hidden in Man Hing Lane just off Hollywood Road is a shrine dedicated to sandos and samurai, the site of delicious Japanese-style sandwiches. Part of the Bistro Concept Group, Katsumoto Sando Bar is the brainchild of Christopher Przemyski, also the person behind Katsumoto, El Macho, Lobster Shack, and Flying Pig Bistro & Deli.
Inspired by elements of feudal Japan, and the historical city of Kyoto, the intimate space is anything but closed off. The entrance is reminiscent of Shinto gates, or torii (鳥居), flanked by two life-sized samurai figures and sake barrel seats. The name of the restaurant is also inspired by the great Japanese warriors that live and die by honour and duty. Katsumoto (勝本) means “victorious” in Japanese, a name carried by great warlords (daimyō; 大名) and samurai (侍) of premodern Japan.
Blonde wood is juxtaposed with brass fixtures and tan leather seating; if you look up, upside-down floral parasols hang from the ceiling. The walls are covered with large murals of pale-skinned geishas and masked samurai, making sure that the theme is not lost on patrons. Great for a casual lunch or dinner, as well as private parties, events, and gatherings. They also host regular DJ nights, so make sure to follow their Facebook page or Instagram for updates!
Multiple iterations of the katsu sando are on offer—classic pork cutlet ($148), juicy Wagyu ($298), buttery Chilean sea bass ($238), egg salad ($118), tsukune ($158), as well as Tindle tsukune ($158) and Impossible beef ($168) for vegetarians. Add some snacks on the side, be it an umami-laden cucumber sunomono ($68) or a platter of crispy chicken karaage ($138).
Finish it all off with the crunchy goodness of a yuzu & white chocolate cannoli ($60) courtesy of Holy Cannoli. Lunch sets are available on weekdays from noon, also available on Deliveroo. The set includes a starter and a sando or donburi (rice bowl). Choices of donburi include Wagyu ($138), pork tonkatsu ($138), and Impossible ($158); sando choices include classic Hokkaido pork loin ($158), the signature Wagyu ($298), and tsukune ($158).
If you’re looking for a fun place to dine in the first few days of the week, Katsumoto has got you covered. Back by popular demand, Mondays are Chicken Karaage Nights — at $150 per person, you get to enjoy all you can eat Japanese-style fried chicken. For an extra $100, it's free flow highballs for 90 minutes. Tuesdays are for Ninjito Tacos ($150 per person), where you snack on their delicious signature wagyu tacos (all-you-can-eat, washed down with 90 mins of free-flow yuzu margaritas, for an extra $150. Keep an eye on their social channels for new weekdays exclusive specials nights, updated monthly.
As the weekend rolls around, so does their Kimochi brunch ($298). Every Saturday and Sunday, gather your friends and indulge in a feast with free-flow drinks. Starters for sharing include edamame, chicken karaage, and salmon tartare, and mains on offer include chicken karaage mochi waffles, a Japanese twist on the classic comfort dish, Wagyu sando (of course), uni onsen egg, bacon and egg cheese sando, and a Tindle tsukune sando. Dessert is a cannoli with white chocolate ganache and candied yuzu, a sweet and crumbly way to end your meal. Expect the occasional special DJ appearance as well!
A selection of speciality and classic cocktails in addition to wine and liquor are on offer to keep you happily watered at any time of the day. Try The Geisha ($98), a fruity concoction of sake, plum wine, yuzu, pineapple, basil, and lemon, or Ocha No Jikan ($88), made with gin, earl grey tea, a mixture of three citrus fruits, fresh rosemary aroma, and topped with a splash of tonic.