Remember when the words “hipster cafe” used to mean a cozy space fitted with eclectic furnishings and hand-drawn wall illustrations, that serves specialty coffee from a corner of the heartlands? Tolido’s Espresso Nook may not be re-inventing brunch, but it’s still going strong from its outpost at Crawford Lane in Lavender.
It’s almost refreshing to see Tolido’s sticking to its roots amidst ever-changing food trends, and I’m sure the relentless crowd of diners shares my sentiments. It’s also seemingly packed even on weekday mornings, which is no mean feat considering the menu has not changed significantly over the years.
There are a few must-try items when you visit Tolido’s Espresso Nook. The much-raved-about Rosti ($18 – $22+) is cooked to perfection with gloriously crisp strands on the outside, and waxy ones on the inside. The sour cream lifts the oiliness of the potatoes, and the accompanying smoked salmon and sausages add a touch of umami, though I daresay the rosti is perfect on its own.
In short, don’t even think of Marche’s after this – there is nothing that comes close to this perfection on a plate.
You may be surprised to learn that the Pandan Pancakes ($14+) was not part of Tolido’s menu when it first launched. Originally concocted as a time-limited item in commemoration of SG50, it enjoyed immense popularity, so much so that it earned a permanent spot on the menu.
Think American-style breakfast meets your favourite local flavours. The secret is in the gula melaka sauce which takes the coconut ice cream and lightly-flavoured pancake to the next level.
I’m not one to go for coffee but, Tolidos’ Sea Salt Caramel Latte Ice Blend ($6.50+) manages to hit the spot for me. That combination of sweet, salty, and bitter is both refreshing and satisfying.
We managed to sample their seasonal dishes during Melbourne Brunch Festival and needless to say, they were equally marvelous. If you have yet to visit Tolido’s Espresso Nook, you’re missing out. I’ll be back to give the pastas a go which are apparently also equally note-worthy!
Address: 426 Crawford Lane, 01-63, Singapore 190462
Nearest MRT: Lavender EW11
Thursday to Tuesday: 8am – 5pm
Closed on Wednesday
Contact: +65 6293 0382/ firstname.lastname@example.org