CHECK IT OUT: Toast Box in Greenbelt 5
The Singaporean franchise opens a new <em>kopitiam</em> in Makati.
3rd Level Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center
Tel. No. (0917) 509-1272
Open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kaya Toast Set (P120) at Toast Box. Click for more photos.
If you’re a fan of the kaya toast, the popular Singaporean breakfast dish and snack, you’ll be glad to know that a new kopitiam opened shop in Greenbelt 5--the Singaporean franchise Toast Box opened its second branch at the 3rd level of the posh Makati mall.
Toast Box’s second branch was supposed to open in Ayala Triangle Gardens. According to Joy Abigan of Toast Box Philippines, the space in Greenbelt 5 -- a bigger shop than its TriNoma Mall counterpart with fresh white walls, wooden tables and chairs and lamps reminiscent of the British colonial period in the 1960s -- is an equally good spot; mall-goers have been flocking to Toast Box for their coffee and kaya toast fix.
The Makati kopitiam serves Singaporean breakfast and snack staples such as Nanyang Kopi (P75), Kaya Toast Set (P120), and Peanut Thick Toast set (P135). The menu also includes Toast Box’s bestsellers: Singaporean Fishball Soup, with fresh fishballs in stock (P180); Nasi Goreng, a Filipinized yet still-spicy version served with dilis on the side (P170); the popular Hainanese Chicken (P219 for the quarter chicken and P298 for the half chicken and P449 for the whole chicken); and Toast Box’s version of the Nonya Laksa (P215), a spicy, rich curried stock with prawns.
Don’t miss Toast Box’s Teh (Nanyang Milk Tea; P75 for hot tea and P90 for cold tea), which uses Ceylon tea dust instead of tea leaves, which gives the drink its strong tea flavors. Toast Box in Greenbelt 5 is currently on soft opening and will officially open in the first quarter of 2011, with plans to open a third branch at The Fort.
Photographs from Toast Box Philippines and Trixie Zabal