Toast Box is another brand of Kopi Tiam - a traditional breakfast and coffee shop found in Southeast Asia - much like Kopi Roti. It was created by the BreadTalk Group in Singapore.
Nestled in a corner, the store had slightly dim ambient lighting. Ceiling fans grace the recessed parts of the ceiling and framed pictures of its products decorate the walls. There's an old telephone at the back and distressed white wooden tables and chairs filled up the place.
More vintage items can be seen atop a wall shelf, while their kaya products are displayed on a shelf across the counter. The whole place had a relaxed, homey slash country feel, perfect for enjoying your coffee with a toast or two.
Their Chocolate Toast (P60) was simply luscious. A cream of melted chocolate was slathered generously on top of the toast partly softened by the warm cocoa liquid. I licked my lips in anticipation, then I gently poked a fraction of the toast with the winged toothpick provided and eased it slowly into my mouth. It tasted as good as it looks, very filling, not at all cloying. Definitely one that warrants succeeding mouthfuls.
If you've read my previous posts, you would know of my love-hate relationship with peanut butter. With this Peanut Thick Toast Set (P135), this nutty butter is love and bounteous on the toast's surface, pretty much like its chocolate counterpart. Now if only I could say the same about the soft boiled eggs. These pale eggs were bereft of flavor, even after adding the soy sauce and white pepper that were provided for at the table. I'm not sure what they use for the sauce but I definitely prefer Kopi Roti's version.
Frankly, I didn't notice any dissimilarity between Toast Box's and Kopi Roti's take on the Kaya Toast Set (P120). I usually order mine with teh or their milk tea and prefer it cold so I had to add P15. I appreciated their milk tea for its clean taste and silky feel. A tinge of bitterness assured you of its tea content which was tamed immediately by the creaminess of the milk. I also love the taste of Kaya which is made up of coconut milk, pandan, sugar and eggs. Kind of like our own coco jam but lighter and smoother in consistency, thus making it easier for you to get hooked. The butter which had its own brand of creaminess curbed the sweetness of the kaya to avoid an overly saccharine flavor. Partner both with a crunchy toast, and you've got yourself a great piece of breakfast or snack; pretty addicting if I say so myself.
The Hokkien Prawn Mee (P210) was too hot and spicy for my taste. Then again, my hotness tolerance is quite low to begin with. I love spicy food but not if it causes my taste buds to numb from the heat. I bet though, if the soup's flavor had been tamed, I would have loved the taste. How can anyone not be enticed to take a bite of those peeled prawns and sliced egg swimming in fiery colored soup? I mean really, the vibrance of the colors alone could compel anyone to just go ahead and try a spoonful at the very least.
It was my first time to try the Nasi Goreng (P170) albeit this one looks Filipinized with the dilis on the side. Chunks of chicken and lettuce were interlaced throughout the brown rice; it was pretty much like eating bagoong rice. There was a hint of appetizing spiciness which just made me eat more of the dish. Before long, I found myself finishing the whole plate. And that was simultaneously eaten with the shared portions of the chocolate, peanut butter and kaya toast. Talk about an afternoon binge!
It was a very sapid and satisfying meal that I look forward to going back and trying some of their other specialties like the Floss Thick Toast, French Toast and Soft Bun.
Spot: 3rd Level Greenbelt 5, Makati City
Contact No.: 0917.5091272