Tolido's Espresso Nook: Potential hideout spot.

Farm cosy, Miner's nightmare or Snow Cabin; I can't quite put my finger on the description for the decor at Tolido's Espresso Nook. But one thing's for sure, the sight of textured wood with its uneven shades makes me feel at ease. So, in calling it a nook, that's just genius. 

Founded by Mr Douglas Tan who has roots stemming from his previous venture at the Omni Theatre, his experience is represented by an large the queues and crowds at his former outlet. By word of mouth (and evidently from its'flower stamped instagram feed), Tolido's has become a go-to venue for fancy latte art and a solid cup of coffee with beans hailing from Yahava. The latter fact, the cause of some innate impartiality prior to my visit.

My Latte ($5.50), though a tad expensive, was big on flavors, underscored by a rich woody earthy profile befitting of the snug surroundings. 

My companion ordered the Bacon Mushroom Aglio Olio ($9.50) while I floated between a few options till settling for the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs ($15.90). The former was a predictable plate of pasta that fell short of expectations, appearing lacklustre when it reached the table; only to reveal a pool of olive oil residing at the bottom of the bowl later. A couple of seconds more in the pan with a gentle tossing motion would have created a more desirable coating of oil with gentle nuances of nuttiness from the browning on this simple dish. As for my dish, the eggs were perfectly cooked, not the best of course, but sided by a sweet, tang and cheesy tomato au gratin, ciabatta studded with grains and a salad, there was nothing to complain about. The generous serve of smoked salmon adds considerable layers of flavor complexity and eating variations with each and every bite. 

During our short stay over at the cafe, we noticed the large amounts of office crowds drawn over for a quick lunch and a caffeine jolt. Attracted by the decent pricing and comfortable settings, it gives them somewhat of  a quiet respite away from the drudgery of work till stepping out into the blinding mid-day heat once again. As for me, will I be back again? Only if I'm in the vicinity of course.

Tolido's Espresso Nook
462 Crawford Lane
t: 6648 0178

Opening Hours:
Tues - Thurs: 9.30am - 7pm
Fri - Sat: 9.30am - 10pm
Sun: 9.30am - 6.30pm

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