Tolido's Espresso Nook
Of the 'Hdb neighborhood cafes' that I've visited, Tolido's Espresso Nook is one that left an impression (a good one). Tucked in chaotic Crawford Lane among local coffee shops and singlet-wearing ah peks, and aunties hawking random stuff at void decks, this cafe juxtaposes with a relaxed and chic vibe that would warrant a repeat visit.
I love the fluidity in the different spaces, loosely separated by the low coffee bar and the floor to ceiling glass panes that act as invisible barriers to the alfresco area.
All-day breakfast is served here for all you breakfast eaters! Pancakes, eggs, toast, waffles and small pastries are available all day err day and there's no need to wait for the weekends.
I decided not to be greedy and went with the Tolido's Pancakes ($9.90) which comes with 2 fluffy pancakes, streaky bacon and egg (sunnyside up). Typically, the greedy me would have ordered the Ultimate Combo ($11.50) which includes 2 chipolata sausages, and more eggs, on top of the basic pancakes but well it's quite a substantial portion already. The pancakes, while fluffy, were still kinda moist and sticky inside. A distinct milky flavor could be tasted and I liked that the batter was slightly salty.
I topped up $2 for scrambled eggs instead of a sunny side up. The eggs had a nice height to it and was poofy like a cloud. It could be a little more funny but it was still decent.
S had the Waffle with Ice Cream ($10.50) which came with a choice of a single scoop of ice cream, sprinkled with freshly baked crumble and drizzled with your choice of sauce on a thick waffle. If you like a crunchy waffles, this would be up your alley but I thought it was a little more like a biscuit i.e. dry. The generic but sufficiently rich chocolate ice cream helped to moisten the batter a little but did not make the dish spectacular.
If you want something more substantial, Tolido's also does pastas and sandwiches at reasonable prices ($10.50 onwards). I would love to try the Croque Monsieur, only because i love the french ham and cheese sandwich.
Now now, Tolido's also serves really good and pretty coffee. Yahava coffee blends are used here and the medium roast was fragrant and smooth with a low acidity. Head barista and owner Douglas Tan was the third place winner in the 2014 Singapore Latte Art Competition and that explains the photogenic cuppas.
Do not miss the Salted caramel latte. The flavor was well blended into the drink and every sip was a velvety mouthful with the perfect amount of salt. Yums.
Adding to my list of favorites because of their salted caramel latte and lovely space!
Tolido's Espresso Nook
462 Crawford Lane, 190462
Tel: +65 6648 0178
Tue - Thu: 9.30am - 7pm
Fri- & Sat: 9.30am - 10pm
Sun: 9am - 6.30pm