Tolido’s Espresso Nook

08/06/2015 § Leave a comment

A gem really close to town is what I discovered one June afternoon. I brought with me a book, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho, and my Ipod Nano playing Canon on repeat. It was my day off from work, and I intended to just sit down in a cafe, read a book, and take my time. I did not know that I would find such a great cafe with flavors I love.

I usually order a latte or a cappuccino when I go to a cafe. It was a habit. So when I go to Tolido’s I did the same but luckily I managed to check the menu before I ordered my second cup. They have other coffee flavors in it, like Sea Salt Caramel, Bailey’s, and Pumpkin Spice. The last was a favorite flavor of mine ever since I tried Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s promotional item during the autumn season last year. I was actually waiting for this year’s autumn flavor, but I don’t have to do that anymore. Tolido’s serving the flavor throughout the year, no waiting needed. And of course, I instantly fell in love with the cafe. Where else could I find a Pumpkin flavored latte here in Singapore? None that I know of!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook is a cozy cafe, with great vibes, and great coffee. I haven’t got the chance to try their food but it seems that their Red Velvet Pancake is popular. It’s food-togenic too! I’ll just have to try that the next time I visited the cafe.

Additional information: their coffee beans are from Yahava Koffee Works. I bet you know this brand if you know your coffee. It’s one of the coffee roster in Singapore, like Papa Palheta, Toby’s Estate, and Liberty. It was the least that I liked though, but I still love their coffee.

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Tolido’s Espresso Nook Cafe and Coffee Bar
Blk 462 Crawford Lane #01-63
Singapore 190462
+65 6648 0178

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Moody Foodie Report: Kazbar

22/03/2015 § Leave a comment

I love to eat but I was never the adventurous type when it comes to food. As of recent years, however, I got used to eating out and trying new dishes, with friends of course. I realized that I wouldn’t know the finer things in life if I don’t go out of my comfort zone and try them for myself. So, with recommendations from friends, I managed to get myself acquainted with other kinds of cuisines.

I was always the one who would go for the conventional I-know-this-dish-so-I-will-order-it when eating outside, but I figured that I should stop that. I would actually check the menu, see the chef’s recommendations, and even ask the staff for their best seller or what they think was the best. There were other ways to be able to try out new food as well, you just have to put in a little effort so as to enjoy the good stuff.

Okay, I’m gonna stop with the random blabber. I just really want to share a restaurant that I tried out recently. The name is Kazbar, a restaurant and bar serving Middle Eastern and Turkish dishes. The resto was located at 25 Church Street, in the area of Raffles Place. It was my friend who was working in the area who recommended the place, since my other friend wanted something different.

It was a Friday night when we went for dinner, and just after office hours. I was kind of surprised to see how packed the area was. It was probably because of the happy hour in almost all the restos in the area. Fortunately, the place was easy to find, because I do not wish to walk around a couple of times in the place with so many people.

The place has a relaxed but a little upbeat vibe. The inside looked spacious but we decided to have a seat in the alfresco area. The lights were noticeably a little din, but I guess it was like that for most restaurants of the same theme. Anyway, we ordered what my friend had recommended for us. For starters we had Labneh and Merguez, and for main dish, we had Shish Taouk and Mix Kofta Kebab.

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Labneh is a cold starter made of Greek yogurt mixed with garlic-infused oil and mint. It was served with warm pita bread. Merguez is spicy grilled sausage, choice of lamb or chicken, served with garlic sauce and homemade harissa. Shish Taouk is actually grilled chicken kebab. Mix Kofta kebab are grilled spiced minced lamb and chicken, made separately. I really am not sure how to describe the Kofta kebab, but it was also delicious.
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The personal favorite of mine was the Labneh. I am not a very big fan of yogurts, and I have never tried the Greek ones before. But it being mixed together with garlic and mint flavors is really interesting. There was a taste that tease your palate to make you want to eat more. But you will eventually get sick of the flavor if you eat a lot. So take it as a starter, and do not make it your main dish. But I really love this dish so I will try making it at home.

Kazbar is a really nice place to hang out for drinks, and they even offer good food. Do note however that the place gets busy after office hours.

Kazbar
25 Church Street #01-03 Capital Square 3 S(049482)
Contact number: (+65) 6438 2975
Email address: info@kazbar.com

Operating Hours
Mon-Fri: 12nn to Midnight
Sat: 6pm to Midnight
Sun and PH: Closed

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