Local coffee chain Toast Box has launched a unique store concept that is reminiscent of more traditional and simpler times. Situated in the heart of the Tiong Bahru estate, Toast Box Coffee House stands at what was the former Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh.
Inspired by the style of the classic Kopitiam, an iconic landmark in Singapore’s culture, Toast Box Coffee House offers diners a chance to experience the nostalgia of the past with a modernised take on the coffee shop.
Toast Box Coffee House: Soak in the sights of the vintage decorations and vast retail options
Facing the Tiong Bahru Market, the place has a beautiful and open style concept that allows diners to comfortably sit in the store or outside within the shade.
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The bright and inviting interior of Toast Box Coffee House is decorated with vintage memorabilia and displays, which fits into the casual and traditional atmosphere of a coffee-shop.
The outlet includes a special retail corner that offers six in-house roasted coffee beans, including two Nanyang Kopi blends and four single-origin coffees.
The coffee beans can be grinded and packed in a beautiful 250g metal tin, making it perfect for gifting. The retail corner also allows patrons to purchase a variety of products such as Toast Box memorabilia, coffee accessories, local sauces and pastes to be brought back and enjoyed.
Delectable Food Offerings found at Toast Box Coffee House
Apart from serving up their usual menu offerings, Toast Box Coffee House also offers a wide variety of mains, kuehs, old school cakes and desserts of Asian fare.
Some noteworthy items to try include the Old-School Hainanese Pork Chop Rice, which has crispy and succulent pork loin coated in a sweet and sour sauce.
Another dish is the Claypot Hokkien Prawn Mee, which is laced with rich wok-hei flavours in its yellow noodle and thick bee hoon combination. It also has a generous portion of succulent prawns.
To ensure that the food remains hot and delicious throughout the meal, expect specialties such as their Signature Curry Chicken with Rice and Laksa to be served up in a claypot.
As its name implies, Toast Box cannot be missed for their delicious toast and baked goods. Take the French Toast, which uses a slice of thick toast soaked in eggs before pan frying on all sides for that crispy golden brown crust, while retaining a soft center with every bite.
They have also come up with a spin on two familiar flavours of toast.
The Traditional Black Sesame Toast, layered with a thick spread of fragrant black sesame paste, and the Traditional Lemon Cream Toast that brings the flavours of traditional lemon biscuits to mind with its refreshing and creamy citrus flavour.
They also offer a range of old-school tea cakes, perfect as a pairing for any tea or coffee. Some highlights include the Roasted Peanut Cake, which has a peanut flavour that is not too overpowering and with its peanut coating, provides slight crunch in every bite.
The Roasted Black Sesame Tea Cake has rich black sesame flavours in its buttercream that is layered between sponge cake, making each bite light and delicious.
Not to mention, there are also plenty of traditional kuehs and desserts to marvel and savour, with favourites like Kueh Dadar, a pandan crepe filled with coconut flakes and palm sugar, making it deliciously sweet and crunchy.
The Kueh Sago Gula Melaka, includes sago pearls which are slightly chewy and filled with the sweetness of gula melaka in each mouthful.
Another option is the Traditional Caramel Pudding, a sweet and silky dessert that is perfect to savour in the sweltering heat.
For beverages, toppings such as grass jelly and sago pearls are made available with coffee and tea, which are inspired by old school bubble tea.
Non-coffee-and-tea drinkers can try the Iced Grass Jelly Soy Milk, a new concoction on their menu.
Sharing the space with Toast Box is First Street Teochew Fish Soup.
Their 35 years of history across 2 outlets is testament to their craft and dedication to provide authentic Teochew flavours in their menu.
Each fish is cut and prepared fresh in store daily to ensure its quality and flavour. They specially soak the slices of fish to remove its gamey taste before cooking.
Some must-try dishes include the Chinese Pomfret Fish Soup, which has a tender and tofu-like consistency. It is complemented by a clear broth cooked in pork and chicken bones, giving it a very rich and mildly sweet flavour to it.
The Fish in Teochew style is another traditional favourite that can be easily enjoyed with friends and family.
Patrons can choose from hand-sliced Pomfret or Garoupa fish cooked in their signature clear soup and includes ingredients such as minced meat, chinese mushrooms, ginger, tomato, tofu and sour plum – which brings out vibrant notes in the broth.
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Grand Opening Promotions and Special Card Offers
In celebration of its grand opening, patrons can look forward to exciting promotions and treats in-store.
Customers who make a minimum spend of $25 in a single receipt will be eligible to receive a complimentary tote bag, limited to 50 redemptions daily from 11 to 15 October.
There is also promotions for selected menu items, including any Traditional Toast Set for $5, Any 2 Sliced Tea Cakes for $5 and 20% off any two Asian Delight Sets from Toast Box.
Promotions for DBS and POSB cardholders are also available, with $2 off any purchase with a minimum spend of $10 using DBS debit and credit cards. It will be limited to 500 redemptions a week.
Try out a nostalgic and homely dining experience at Toast Box Coffee House
A familiar addition to the stretch of cafes and popular restaurants along the Tiong Bahru estates, Toast Box Coffee House is a wonderful spot that should not be missed if you are ever in the area. Perfect for Lunch, Dinner, or even a nice session of afternoon tea, it is a good place to swing by and relax amidst the busyness of the everyday life.
Toast Box Coffee House
Where: 58 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 160058
Operating Hours: 7.30 am to 9.30 pm
Did you know there is a free walking trail around Tiong Bahru?
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