this place seems to be popular with pinoy folks. anyway there are both indoor and outdoor seating. i came by to seek shelter from the hot sun, ordered a sea salt caramel latte ice $6 and a red velvet cake $7.50. kept eyeing at neighbouring tables' mains which looks a hearty portion and also saw the all time old school favourite of root beer float!
Knowing that Tolido's was at the building beside Textile Centre and facing the main road (North Bridge Road), my girlfiend and I managed to find our way to the cafe fairly easy by heading in the correct direction from Lavender MRt Station.
And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), we ordered:-
1) Tolido’s truffle fries, $10.50 – Shoestring fries, mixed with premium truffle oil. Topped with shredded parmesan cheese. This was normal although my girlfriend exclaimed upon seeing the fries served in a dimsum basket. She thought it was a little off for Western food to be put in a Chinese basket
2) Rosti, $14.90 – Lightly fried, fresh, shredded russet potatoes and egg. The last rosti I had was years back at Marche when Marche was still located at Heeren. Ha. But if my memory did not fail me despite the many years, Tolido’s version was definitely better. The exterior was fried to a beautiful shade of golden brown and was crispy. As they were generous with the ingredients, it was nice to bite into a thick layer of soft shredded potatoes. One may choose to have it with smoked bratwurst ($16.90) or smoked salmon ($20.90) instead of cheesy sausages.
3) Panini-grilled sandwiches, $12.50 – Includes a side of salad & chips. We chose turkey ham over other flavours of pork bacon or tuna, onion & tomato. And this was normal with ham, lettuce, tomato thrown together with some mayonnaise. I did feel a little cheated when I order something that could be put together by myself.
4) Baked turkey ham macaroni cheese, $10 – Creamy macaroni baked with turkey ham, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. An easy dish to execute at home, but I was happy spending my money on this as it tasted great! I like that bigger sizes macaroni was used for more substantial bites.
5) Banana pancakes, $9 – Triple stack of fluffy pancakes with bananas. Not too bad. Banana pieces were also included in the batter. The pancake stuck a little to the (top of my) mouth just like how I personally prefer mine to.
6) Latte, $5.50
7) Sea salt caramel latte, $6 – Something different. Amidst the sweetness of caramel, there was the faint taste of sea salt.
I say, if one is in Lavender and is looking for more cafes to cafe hop to after having tried the more popular cafes like Artistry and Symmetry, Tolido’s is a good cafe to try next.
And we could tell the staff was a closely knit group from the fun they were having. Which was a good thing cause when staff are happy, service will be better (with smiles) and food will be tastier. There’s a saying of how happy people dish out better tasting food. Although it would have been better if the staff practised a little restraint and not overtreat the cafe as their house. As we tucked into the food, the peaceful atmosphere was often disrupted by the staff’s loud conversations which were thrown from one corner of the cafe to the other.
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Went at 2pm on a Saturday and it was still crowded. And noisy.
Location isn't hard to find, the bus stop was quite near to the cafe.
Inside the cafe, it was quite cramp and packed.
No greetings when we first entered.
They had reservations though, which was good.
Wanted the Baked Turkey Ham Macaroni Cheese but it was sold out.
Was disappointed because it was only 2pm and it was sold out that soon.
Ordered the Turkey Ham Mushroom Cream.
It was nice, but the creamy sauce was too thick.
Nice amount of ham given though, which was a plus.
Drinks ordered were Ice Blended Mocha and Chocolate Milkshake.
- Waiting Time: 15 minutes
(best to come during the weekdays as they have lunch sets)
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The Food Apparently the barrister was award wining, but as of press time, tRP has not been able to verify this yet. Nonetheless, there were no surprises on the menu, ranging from the expectable coffee options to the brunch selections. The big breakfast of Tolido, the Tolido’s American Breakfast ($8.90), puts the standard all-Yankee’s favourite into one. Sausages, bacon, baked beans, eggs and well, the butter & toast. Rather bland, home-cooked style. Only consolation would definitely be its comparatively affordable brunch price.
Starting its roots from the Omni-Theatre at Singapore Science Centre, Tolido’s expanded with its second outlet located just outside the city area at Crawford Lane which is a strategic site that attracts both office workers and cafehoppers as well.
Pasta are served here, but its the all-day breakfast that is the highlight here. My dining partner had the Tolido’s American Breakfast ($7.90), made up with toast, baked beans, sunny side-up, sausages and bacon. It was generally faultless but not fantastic, with the bacon in particular being too salty. It was however filling and worth the price, but felt like something that anyone could whip up in the kitchen.
After hearing about how fluffy the pancakes here were, I decided to have Banana Pancakes ($7.00). Fluffy it was, and with the banana mixed into the batter it bore a tinge of sweetness with every bite. Maple syrup seemed rather minimal but enough to compliment the pancakes without overpowering the main dish. The only qualm was that it had a flavour in the batter that was really similar with a particular brand of pancake mix, which makes it feel less unique than it should be.
We got a Cinnamon Roll ($2.60) to share, which was warmed up upon order. It was buttery and well-spiced with the taste of cinnamon lingering with every bite.
Being a place for coffee, we could not miss out on ordering coffee along with our food. My dining partner went with a Latte ($4.90), while I was immediately attracted to the Bailey’s Coffee ($8.00). The coffee was just nice without acidic not being too bitter, and there was enough Bailey’s to bring out that alcoholic content in the coffee. Yahava Koffeework blends are used to ensure the quality of the coffee.
For the full review and more photos, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/tolidos-espresso-nook-blk-462-crawford-lane/