I’ve seen Hello Arigato pop up multiple times on my Instagram feed. Whenever I pass by the street of Joo Chiat, the seats of Hello Arigato are always full and a long queue forms outside them. For those who are unfamiliar, Hello Arigato is a new-ish cafe located in the Upper Thomson area. They are known for their thick Sandos, stuffed with Wagyu and more.
The team behind the venture is not new to the food business though. They are also behind The Refinery and thus are considered experienced in offering modern Japanese and brunch fare. With Scandinavian-style interiors, the café was smaller and narrower than what I have expected though. Likewise, the place is already full even before lunchtime, and we could only get a table outside the cafe. If you have a pet, the outdoor seats here are a great choice for you.
To start, we got the popular Gyu Sando ($26). This was the most expensive sandwich on the menu, so my expectations were pretty high. The bright pink center of the beef was the first thing to catch my eye—we requested for our meat to be cooked to medium rare. The sand is made with a slab of Angus beef sirloin, a generous spread of caramelized sweet onion jam, and Japanese milk bread.
We also ordered a Sakura Ebi Udon ($22). First of all, I love how it is still piping hot when it was sent to the table. This creamy really blows our minds, the combination of Shinichi Inaniwa Udon, Creamy Ebi Sauce, Tiger Prawns, Honey Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Myoga, Ebi Oil, and Scallions really goes well with each other. I was wondering why didn’t anyone mention this at all.
Guests can also expect new bakes and creations in the Joo Chiat outlet which houses their Bakery department. Expect sweet treats of Sticky Bun ($6), Miso Brownie ($8.50), Miso Banana Cake ($7), Cookie Arigato ($5) Burnt Basque Cheesecake ($8.50), and Yuzu Meringue Cake ($9).
Hello Arigato – Joo Chiat
314 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427565
Opening Hours: 10 am – 4 pm, 6 pm – 9:30 pm (Wed – Thurs)
9 am – 4 pm, 6 pm – 9:30 pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Mon, Tues