Ah, look. A magically self-standing menu. This American-style café has an innumerable items on its menu. Turn that menu around and you will be facing with an equally packed menu for its desserts and drinks. So yes, it may be an asylum (for its sheer huge menu), but no, it’s surely not just about desserts here.
Teasers ($7.95++) :: I went weak seeing earl grey tea as an option, accompanied with vanilla ice cream. However, I was slightly disappointed. While the vanilla ice cream was gooey and really thick, the kind where it’s perfect to dunk into a drink, and that I could evidently taste earl grey in it, it somehow just turned out diluted and very, empty. The Coffee Teaser turned out with a heavier bitter kopi-kosong kind of taste, which complemented with the sweetness of the ice cream.
Spicy Hot Wings ($8.95++) :: Meat wise, it was perfectly executed. Very easy to strip off the bones; no need of the hassle to use your hands at all. Batter wise, it was pretty appetizing at first bite, really challengingly spicy. But after a couple more bites, I found that it started to get a little too sweet. Otherwise it would have been quite a good starter.
Stewed Pork Pizza ($15.50++) :: This was one of two pizzas that were recommended to us, and I’m glad we opted for this. Comes in 8 pieces, thin-crusted but not to the extent of biscuit-like, and generously topped with stewed pork. Each and every single piece of the pizza was smacked with a full-sized slab of meat and topped with onions and garlic sauce. The most memorable and my favorite dish here. Plausible for sharing between two; surprisingly remarkable and surely worthy.
Spicy Marinara Spaghetti ($17.95++) :: Really soft and takes shape of anywhere it’s laid on, is how the spaghetti is cooked. Certainly not the perception of al-dente. Regardless, I thought it was still acceptable. Reasonable portion of seafood, again, though not the freshest seafood you get in restaurants, it didn’t taste too bad.
Desserts :: A chocolate and coffee cake sprinkled with almond, partnered with Macadamia ice cream, All Gone Nuts ($9.95++) was rather plain, simple and lackluster. For a non-thriller seeker, and those who know you absolutely love these flavors. I was much more a fan of their Mudpies. T-Rex Mudpie ($10.95++) speaks for the rest of their Mudpies. For its price, the portion was huge enough for 3 to share. Rich and thick, I’d have loved a Chocolate-full Mudpie, unfortunately it wasn’t available when I was there. Another comforting note is that they have 8 different flavors of Mudpie, surely there will be something that suits your palate.
What’s worth paying for:
Stewed Pork Pizza.
Special gratitude to Francis and the Toby’s the Dessert Asylum team for the hospitality and hosting the media tasting event.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 80 Marine Parade Road, #02-68/70 Parkway Parade
Telephone: 6346 2435 (Takes Reservations)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)