Another independent coffee joint in the Robertson Quay area, Toby’s Estate is far from new but coming to the area for brunch on a weekend is just too manic. We made our way there on a weekday mid morning on a day off, and surprisingly the area was still pretty crowded.
The lunch is only served from 11 am, and consists mostly of sandwiches and wraps. We ordered off their breakfast menu instead – a smoked salmon Eggs Benedict with an espresso hollandaise, and a regular full breakfast.
I couldn’t fault either of them. They were both perfectly acceptable versions of the dishes, but neither of them would make me travel all the way to Robertson Quay. The espresso hollandaise was interesting, but maybe a tad gimmicky.
A had a cappuccino and I tried the Gibraltar Latte, described on the menu as the big brother of a Piccolo Latte. Both coffees were very complex, the cappuccino more pleasantly so. I found the Gibraltar a bit too intense for my fairly pedestrian coffee palate. To me it tasted almost alcoholic, though A vehemently disagreed.
I would come back here for the coffee if we were in the area, but not for a full meal.
Also, parking’s a bitch. Unlike Kith where you can park in the Watermark Condo, Toby’s Estate is located at a condo called 8 Rodyk, which doesn’t allow parking for non-residents. The nearest parking are the parallel lots along Mohamed Sultan Road, which are a bit too much of a palaver just for a cup of coffee, albeit a really good one.
Awesome coffee. The food’s good but far from the best for a coffee joint. And the lack of nearby parking is a real turn-off. So unless you live nearby or you’re a coffee fanatic willing to walk really far for a great cup of coffee, I’d give it a miss.
8 Rodyk Street
Sun – Wed: 7.30 am – 6 pm
Thurs – Sat: 7.30 am – 10 pm