Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Tai-Tai Toast

Toast (a cafe by marmalade pantry)
#02-11 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road
Singapore 238872
Tel: 67338489

Avocado Caesar

After our all-girls lunch at this cotton candy pink place, I have concluded that this is a girls place and so if you are here to do some serious gossiping and do not want to be distracted by any male eye candy, this might be the place. You get a tai-tai-ish ambience with the light food that it serves, portions are small, which are enough for small eaters and weight-watchers, but if you famished, you might find yourself spending quite a bit here.

Nosh: Soups, sandwiches and salad. I’ve tried the marsala chicken wrap which I highly recommend. Rolled in with the marsala spiced chicken, you’ll find pieces of mango, mint and a nice spread of mayonnaise which ties it in nicely. I had the avocado caesar wrap today which has avocado, romaine lettuce, parmesan and caesar dressing, it worked together pretty well, the salty parmesan was nicely balanced with the creamy texture of the avocado, but my romaine looked suspiciously limp.

There is quite a wide range of choices, when you walk in, you’ll probably spend about 5 minutes cracking your neck upwards and studying the menu. They have interesting sandwiches such as the tuna sambal, sardine istimewa and the conventional grilled vegetables, BLT, smoked salmon with cream cheese and egg and cress. They also have about 6 salads for you to choose from, roast pumpkin, new potato, mixed greens, Moroccan chicken and chicken Caesar, and if you can’t decide, you can have a mix.

If you need a sweet finish to your light lunch, there have a range of cupcakes for you to choose from – cloud nine, limonata, ultimate chocolate and nutella, along with that, they have teacakes, chocolate tarts, cheesecakes, apple and cinnamon pie. Or of course there is coffee, but I usually elect to have one of their flavoured sparkling san pellergrino (usually grapefruit).

Pay: Sandwiches and wraps range between S$6-S$8, salads are S$5, sweets are not about S$5.

Raves: The marsala chicken wrap packs quite a flavour punch, and I love coming here for a light lunch with my girlfriends and a san Pellegrino perk me up. You can also catch up with you magazine reading here.

Room for improvement: The too smallish portions or perhaps they should consider giving a side garden salad to dress up the terribly white sparse plate.

Tai-Tai airkiss meter: 3.5/5


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