Park Bench Deli is a charming sandwich shop nestled in the street of hidden gems, Telok Ayer street, that serves up sloppy and hearty sandwiches, committed to creating a community.
Just a 5-10 minutes walk away from either Tanjong Pagar MRT (EWL) or Telok Ayer MRT (DTL) and located in the heart of the CBD, it’s no surprise that this is a regular haunt for many office workers, seeking something different - something non dry and non ham and cheese.
The exterior of bright blue hues immediately looks inviting with a peculiar Uncle sitting outside the establishment. While trying to snap a few pictures, I noticed what seemed to be regular customers bustle in and out, nodding their heads or giving polite smiles. I sensed a slight eat-and-go culture with Park Bench Deli, what with its prime location in the CBD but the eating-in experience was comfortable - not too loud and enjoyable. Seatings can get quite limited, especially during lunch time. The seats are mostly counter seats and are placed quite close together. It wouldn’t be a location I recommend for studying, meetings or long chats, despite its free wifi. I only managed to spot one power plug outlet as well.
I later found out that the Uncle seated outside knew the owners quite well and they had encouraged the uncle to collect used cardboard from Park Bench Deli to recycle for money. Laid-back, chill and most importantly, hygienic, the sweet looking Uncle enters, gives a head nod to the owners, collects his cardboard and leaves quietly.
A huge menu with a huge variety of sandwiches decorated the wall, which made me spoilt for choice. As an indecisive person, I appreciated that they had this menu for easy viewing to customers seated inside. This eliminated the process of stalking the counter and peering at the menu above, blocking the way of people who wanted to order.
Take note that the breakfast menu is served only from 7:30am - 10:30am on weekdays and all-day on weekends, while the lunch/dinner menu is served from 10:30am - 10pm and all-day on weekends!
I ordered the Egg & Bacon ($SGD9), which the chefs claimed was a customer favourite and most-ordered item for the morning. When I took my first bite, I could understand why.
The sandwich contained creamy scrambled eggs, coupled with crispy bacon and ketchup in a buttered bun. Whilst simple sounding, the attention to detail and skillful preparation of every component resulted in a lovely combination that I doubt I could re-create at home. It got a little messy but as Park Bench Deli likes to say, they do it big and they do it right.
My only complaint is that the bacon could’ve been a little less saltier, but it was a really hearty and comforting breakfast that left me satisfied and a little sleepy.
They had an adequate selection of coffee but didn’t really have much options for non-caffeine drinkers.
While the prices of the sandwiches can be a little pricey (ranging from $10 - $20), but the ingredients and preparation of the sandwiches attribute to its price. I’m a huge believer of eating for enjoyment and not just for sustenance, and Park Bench Deli is an establishment worth considering when thinking about what to eat for breakfast, lunch or even dinner!
If you’re visiting from Monday - Friday, 5pm-8pm, you can enjoy $2 off your sandwiches!
Park Bench Deli
179 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068627 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening hours :
Mon – Fri, 7:30 am – 10 pm
Sat – Sun, 9 am – 4 pm
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