TonTon is a bakery and sandwichery located on the quieter end of Yongkang Lu in Xuhui. Fantastical pastries and belt-buster sandwiches at this cozy shop brought to you by the team behind Mavis.
Freshly baked pastries, breads, and pies is what you’ll find on the ground floor. Upstairs is where the sandwiches are constructed, as well as a small seating area.
The Baked Goods
Since opening a month ago, TonTon has been swarmed with customers chasing that sugar high. Cinnamon rolls (¥36) and donuts sell like hot cakes, and to-go bags are stuffed with any pastry left standing.
In addition to sourdough (¥48) and country breads (¥48), croissants (from ¥20) and Kouign Amann (¥26), they also have fluffy, airy donuts, fat with silky cream fillings. Six flavors available, donuts from ¥22. Donuts are highly recommended, also written about here.
As someone who claims to resist the powers of dessert and sugary things, the Pistachio & Raspberry Puff (¥38) has me on the verge of converting. It has a silky-smooth pistachio filling that’s not all too sweet by my standards, a tart raspberry jam center, encased in a crispy and airy choux pastry, crowned with dark chocolate.
There’s also a Smoked Eel & Leek Pie (¥78), a hearty meal in a neat little package of chewy-flaky pastry. The filling is just right, eggy custard with bits of mushroom, eel, and buttery leek.
Then there are sandwiches. There are half a dozen sandwiches on offer, all gargantuan in portion.
Of these hefty beasts, I highly recommend the Fried Chicken Sandwich (¥108). It’s so glorious it would make Action Bronson’s eyes pop with glee. Cheese tucked into chicken breast then battered and fried, stacked onto a brioche roll with tangy, vinegary slaw.
A word of caution for those eager to dive in—the cheese is molten, so give it a bit before you singe your palate.
I’m also a sucker for tuna melts, and the Spicy Tuna Melt (¥108) sates my craving. Buttered sourdough toast heaping with mayo-fluffed tuna speckled with white onion, chives, and pickles, plus a layer of cheese. Undertones of heat, and oh-so ooey-gooey.
Other sandwiches include Avocado Ham (¥108), Mushroom Melt (¥108), and Super Beef (¥188).
As for drinks, there’s coffee and juices; an americano is ¥15.
Address: 176-178 Yongkang Lu 永康路176-178号
Hours: Daily, 10am-6:30pm