C brought me to Toby’s Estate for a birthday lunch treat last week, as it was a cafe that I had wanted to check out for a long time, and it was also near to Studio M Hotel, where we would be having a staycation! 🙂
Initially, she tried to call them and email them to make a reservation, but wasn’t able to get a hold of anyone although she tried multiple times. Are they really that busy? Hmm.. Well in the end, she tried facebook messaging them, saying that it was her bf’s birthday, and she would really like to reserve a table for 2 on Saturday. Surprisingly, they replied to that rather quickly (strange isn’t it? That contacting them via fb is so much easier than calling/emailing..), and told her that although they don’t usually accept reservations for weekends & public holidays, they’d make an exception since it was her bf’s birthday! 🙂 That was really nice of them, and I was pleasantly surprised when she told me that.
To get to Toby’s Estate, we took bus no. 123 from the bus stop outside of Lucky Plaza, and alighted in front of Hotel Miramar, about 6 stops later. We crossed the road, and went over the overhead bridge to arrive at Watermark residences. From there, we walked toward the Singapore River, passing Kith cafe, and turned right. We continued walking straight past a few other shops (there was a 7-11 and Econ minimart I believe), and arrived at Toby’s Estate! 🙂
There is both indoor seating and alfresco dining, but we were seated indoors on this visit. I like the ‘industrial’ feel of the cafe, with the exposed brick wall, high ceilings, uncovered pipes, etc. However, I felt that the tables are set a bit too close to each other, and made me feel slightly confined.
There is a really long counter at the front of the cafe, where the day’s cakes are displayed, and where the baristas make the coffees, and process payments. There is no service charge levied at the cafe, but GST is added on to the final bill. Leave them a tip at the counter if you’re happy with your food/drink! The prices that I’ll be stating in this post are before GST, so do take note. 🙂
The cakes on display! They had rainbow cake, carrot cake and salted caramel cake on that day!
They also have a small section of the cafe dedicated to selling their own coffee beans and other stuff (like mugs and so on).
The menu is shown in the pics above. They do offer all-day breakfast, which is great if you’re a late riser! 😉
We proceeded to order our food, and the waiter was quick to attend to us although the cafe was pretty full, kudos to them!
Beautiful latte art on my flat white (S$5). The flat white was sufficiently robust, and is up there with my favourite flat whites found in cafes in Singapore. It’s slightly milkier than what I prefer, but it’s still a good cuppa!
C’s iced caffé mocha (S$7; an extra $1 is charged for iced coffee). I’m kinda in two minds about this, as I felt that it wasn’t that great, yet not hopelessly bad either. It could be improved with a stronger mocha taste though, in my opinion.
C’s Brooklyn style all-day breakfast (S$19). The eggs benny were well done, and the bread that came with it was fragrant. I didn’t really like the stewed beef though, and funnily enough I thought it tasted more like tuna! Maybe it’s just me though, so do let me know if you have had the same experience! :p
I got a pulled pork burger (S$22), but didn’t get a nice solo shot of it, so here’s a group shot! 🙂 I really liked the burger, and enjoyed the delicious southern ranch sauce they slathered the pulled pork with. The apple salad complemented the burger well too. The fries were ok, nothing spectacular, but slightly edging out McD’s fries.
And then as we were resting and chatting after our nice meal, a few staff came by to wish me happy birthday! :’) That’s really sweet of them. Plus, they were telling me that if I needed more coffee, all I had to do was ask. I didn’t ask for more though, because I had had enough coffee for the day. They also came by with a rainbow cake, which was on the house! I was really touched. 🙂
The cake was pretty, and also tasted rather good! 🙂 A huge thank you to the kind folks at Toby’s Estate for making my birthday feel just that little bit more special!
A really nice cafe along the Singapore River, and if the weather weren’t so hot, I might have requested to be seated outside. It was pretty nice indoors as well, although it did feel slightly cramped due to the positioning of the tables and chairs. Food-wise, the pulled pork burger was great, and the eggs benny was not bad either. I liked the flat white, which isn’t a big surprise, as they do roast their own beans. The cafe mocha could be improved though, but what I really liked about the cafe was the warmth of the staff there. They were sincere and friendly, and really made my day! So if you’re in the area, or even if you’re not, do check out Toby’s Estate! 🙂
8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216
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