Toast Box: My Kind of Breakfast

What better way to welcome the morning of 2012 than with a hearty breakfast.. And although I am not really a morning person, Toast Box doesn't fail to satisfy my cravings for a Singaporean early meal.

Hailing from the land of the famous Merlion, Toast Box is owned by the Singapore-originating BreadTalk Group who have successfully brought their flagship bread store in the country. And with the success of BreadTalk and their ever popular floss breads, the company brought Toast Box to the Philippines last September 2007 where their first store in Trinoma was opened.


I was meaning to grab some brunch in the mall one weekday when I spotted Toast Box. This Singaporean breakfast destination shares its store space with BreadTalk which I don't really mind. This particular branch is not too spacious, and its interior is quite minimalist while still being very cozy. Almost everything is in light brown with hints of white and black here and there. At the counter is also a really interesting sight of a crew skillfully pouring coffee and milk teas.

Since I am a sucker for toast, I ordered the Kaya Toast Set (P130) which includes the Kaya Toast, 2 soft-boiled eggs, and a choice of kopi (coffee) or teh (milk tea) for beverage. Since I ordered my teh with ice, I added P15.


My iced milk tea was served first and it was really good! The blend was light and very creamy. Although I love milk teas with a slight bitterness, Toast Box's sweet blend is something I'll definitely order again and again. It was just the perfect cup to jumpstart the day, and a definite must-try should any of you visit Toast Box soon.

After a few more minutes, I was served my Kaya Toast, along with 2 soft-boiled eggs. In case you've never heard of a Kaya Toast before, it is a popular Singaporean snack in which Kaya, a jam made from coconut milk, eggs, sugar and pandan, is spread on toasted bread. Most of the time, a Kaya Toast also has butter or margarine.


Toast Box's Kaya Toast has a nice balance of sweetness and creaminess along with some crunch from the toasted bread. It has a nice natural flavor, deviating from the usual plain toasts in the morning, while still being subtle and delicate enough when compared to strawberry jam-packed breads. However although I love Toast Box's Kaya Toast, I cannot find it a lot different from Ya Kun's.


While the Kaya Toast and Iced Teh were already filling for a quick brunch, the soft-boiled eggs gave me the protein that I needed. Added some soy sauce and a dash of pepper, and the eggs were transformed into a lovely satiny mixture. And if you are curious, Toast Box served the eggs uncracked.


This visit at Toast Box will certainly be followed by several trips within the year because aside from offering Singaporean breakfast sets, the restaurant also serves other dishes suited for lunch, merienda and even dinner. They have the Singaporean staples Hainanese Chicken Rice (P239 for quarter; P318 for half portion both with free soup), Nonya Laksa (P215), Nasi Lemak (P225), Nasi Goreng (P170) and other Singaporean and Malaysian favorites.


By the way, sorry if the color balance of these photos are messed up. I am currently using my laptop which has a different and weird monitor color setting, to post-process the photos since my trusty personal computer is under attack by vicious trojans and viruses.

THE VERDICT

Although originating from Singapore, Kaya Toasts are good for the palate of Filipinos. With natural flavors from our national favorites, it's no wonder that Toast Box is now enjoying a good line of customers not only during the morning, but even in the afternoon and at night. Aside from their signature Kaya Toasts, Toast Box can also boast of its lovely milk tea blend which can definitely gain a following especially with today's milk tea craze. Yes, it's that good!

With a menu not limited to toasts and other breakfast items, I will surely be back at Toast Box soon. And of course, I will not miss out on their delicious milk tea.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Toast Box, Trinoma
Lobby Level Trinoma, North Ave. cor. EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
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36 comments:

  1. ang mahal naman ng ice, P15. =)

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  2. @michi: Natawa ako sa reply mo sis michi! XD btw I think kaya mag-aadd ng P15 for iced is because large na ang glass.. :)

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  3. Happy New Year, Sumi!! Mukhang masarap!
    I'm having problems, too, editing photos using my laptop. Sa laptop ko ok na, but when I check it using a different computer, either it's too dark, too light, too yellow, too red! T__T

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  4. I'll seriously have to start going to Trinoma just to start eating at these places :)

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  5. @kay: Don't worry achie Kay, they also have branches in Greenbelt 5 and at BGC The Fort.. :)

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  6. Are there branches near Ortigas? :|

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  7. I'm not that partial to Toast Box when it comes to Kaya toast. Ya Yun Kaya is still by far the best. =)

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  8. @michymichymoo: They only have branches in TriNoma, Greenbelt 5, BGC The Fort and Robinson's Place Manila as far as I know.. >.<

    @Tin: I love Ya Kun too.. :)

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  9. Gotta try out Toast Box sometime, too. Ahh. So many things to try out this year. Exciting :D

    http://wonderwomanrises.blogspot.com

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  10. We've been seeing more and more branches of these but havn't actually tried it. We love ya kun kaya though. We even buy their jam often. =)

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  11. I am a huge brekkie person, and everything here looks good to me (read: made me so hungry) despite your post-process issue :)

    Happy New Year gurl!

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  12. I really love your finds. How I wish I can have those food adventures too! LOL. Instead I just post food pics of what I made or cook. I'm a big fan of cooking show so your food share is totally a big LOVE for me. :)

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  13. I definitely must try that milk tea! But Trinoma is far from our place :(

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  14. I tried Toast Box in Singapore but I haven't tried it yet here. I ordered the same set as you, hehe. It's good to know that the price is almost the same. :)

    Hope I can try out the rice meals next time. ^__^ Take care and Happy New Year once again! :)

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  15. OMG they have Kaya Toast??? Love love love!!!

    I can always count on your blog to update me on new restaurants. :)

    Happy new year, dear!

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  16. I will try that milk tea. :D
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  17. I wouldn't have guessed that it's from Singapore! :) Happy new year, Sumi!

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  18. This is sooo well-written!! :) I love toastbox's milk tea thing and the chocolate toast :) Super yummy! :)

    Megann ♥ STYLE SURGERY

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  19. Blogger date nga tayo minsan sis. Haha. Parang sarap mo kasama sa food trip!

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  20. I would love to try their Kaya toast and eggs. Kopiroti pa lang natry ko before and I loved it! :)

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  21. Gusto ko din i try to. I love malasadong itlog, so I guess I'd enjoy having my breakfast there.

    And the pics color scheme is cute, in my opinion. :)

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  22. Do they have other branches? Those pictures made me hungry! Must try their food ASAP!

    PS. Hi, I'm from Girltalk :)

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  23. I've eaten there, and although the soft boiled eggs looked weird and icky at first, I found it was really super good! Looking forward to go back!

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  24. OMG now i want to have breakfast for lunch. and dinner. :D i love your photo of their eggs! i'd spend money for that!

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  25. Mukhang masarap jan sis ah.. i won't miss SG foodtrips na pla, we have it here in PH.. Thanks for sharing.. ^^

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  26. Actually pareho kami ng comment ni Michy: P15 for 1ce? Hahaha. But seriously, it looks like worth a try. I love toast but I most likely will get it with coffee. (Speaking of coffee, while that server pouring coffee looks like an expert, he doesn't seem too happy about it, don't you think? :P) I'm also curious about soft-boiled eggs. I'm a sunny-side up girl. So, do you dip the toast in it? :D

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  27. Hi Sumi, I believe i followed you immediately after i read this post. :D i like your name! I'm Kumi. Hi Sumi haha

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  28. @Lynne: I think the additional P15 for the cold milk tea is not only for the ice but also for the upsize since their iced milk tea is already a large one.. :) Haha.. I think I've captured the crew's shot on a bad timing. He didn't look that unhappy in person.. ^^ I tried doing both dipping the toast in the egg and eating the egg by itself. I find it better to eat it then bite on the toast.. :)

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  29. the first time we ate at this restaurant in their branch in greenbelt, my sister and i looked so dumb on not knowing what to do with the eggs. we thought it was hard boiled :) seasoning it with soy sauce and pepper is really yummy!

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  30. Oooh. I suddenly miss Singapore.

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  31. I like their Hainanese Chicken, it's tasty and good for sharing (quarter version). You could try going to their branches in Greenbelt 5 or the Fort (BGC), where it's much more spacious.

    Hope you could get rid of all those vicious trojans and viruses. :)

    Denise
    http://satisfyingjuansappetite.blogspot.com

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  32. i need to try toast box's kaya toast combo sometime soon. i'm salivating right now. thanks for sharing your story and cool pics.

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  33. Wee~! I remembered this was my breakfast back in Singapore :)) Mas mura siya dito sa PH, but I think the taste isn't the same anymore.

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  34. Wow.. Looks delicious. Can't wait to try it :)

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