(AUTHOR’S NOTE: As of April 10, Toast Box / Toast & Co.’s old spot at Trinoma has been permanently boarded up. Timestamp: 11 April 2019, 12:22 pm.)
It is indeed true that life comes at you fast.
Just when I was planning to write a review for another branch of Toast Box, the inevitable just happens. Everything was unexpected—I wasn’t even able to pay Toast Box one last visit before it closed down for good. Here’s what happened for those out of the loop as to what I am talking about.
Toast Box, after a decade of operating here in the Philippines, has officially shuttered all their branches. Originally a sister establishment of Singaporean bakery chain Bread Talk, the restaurant stood out on its own by serving the Little Red Dot’s traditional breakfast—teh tarik and kaya toast. Its management announced the closure of all its existing locations by May 31, catching a lot of diners unaware.
However, I visited Toast Box‘s Trinoma location around the first days of June and was surprised. The restaurant didn’t shutter at all! It was the same location with a revamped menu, refurbished interiors, and a new name: Toast & Co. The SM Aura branch, on the other hand, is now Nanyang Kopitiam. Some old favorites remain in the menu, while a few new ones have made the cut.
Now that I’ve said it, allow me to share some specialties from the former Toast Box to culminate this post – just as a sort of last hurrah.
Nonya Laksa (P235): Rich and spicy noodle soup with shrimps and fish cake slices. I liked how this was presented Katong-style, with cut-up noodles you could eat with a spoon.
Fish Ball Soup (P195): Clear noodle soup with fish balls, herbs, and fish cake slices. This one was so-so, nothing special.
Char Kway Teow (P235): Rice noodles stir-fried in kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) with scrambled eggs, shrimps, and clams.
Toast Box’s char kway teow is dry compared to other versions that are saucy, but the lack of sauce makes it easier to be eaten with chopsticks.
Iced Lemon Tea (P85): Iced tea stripped down to the basics—black tea with a small amount of syrup and a slice of lemon. You can really taste the strong black tea and the lemon cutting the former’s briskness.
Floss Sandwich Set with Cold Teh Tarik (P170): Originally costing P155, I shelled out an additional P15 to get a taller glass of cold Singapore-style milk tea.
Floss Sandwich (P85): This sandwich takes off from the floss bread that Bread Talk is known for. The refreshing cucumber cuts through the savory pork floss.
Iced Kopi Gula Melaka (P110): Nanyang kopi, milk, and gula melaka (Malaysian palm sugar syrup) in a tall glass. Mix the glass to see the milk and palm syrup do their magic in turning the brisk coffee to a dessert and drink rolled into one.
Blueberry Cream Cheese Toast (P70): Blueberry jam and cream cheese sandwiched in between two pieces of bread. A great take on the usual blueberry cheesecake slice.
This was my penultimate meal before Toast Box said its goodbyes.
Thank you to Toast Box for introducing soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce and pepper to me…
…and thank you for this last breakfast set.
Until the next post, bon appetit.