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best coffee in town
Originated in Australia, Toby’s Estate made its way into Singapore and I’m so glad it did. Located along Robertson Quay, Toby’s Estate serves one of the best coffee around, along with delectable brunch food.
I love Toby’s Estate for their coffee, it is by far one of my favorites. The ambience is also great for a date or just catching up with your friends. With alfresco seats available, it’s a perfect place to be when the weather is cooler.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit to Toby’s Estate and I will definitely be back for more.
Great Space, Genuine Service
If you’re looking for a place to have a chat with a friend over coffee, get lost in a new book, or finish up that long-overdue essay, Toby’s Estate is the place to go.
Tucked away on Rodyk Street, along Robertson Quay, Toby’s Estate serves up their signature Single Origin blends and brews, alongside other café staples such as Eggs Benedict and cakes. With high ceilings, window-side bar seats and a superb playlist, the café manages to provide a conducive space for conversation and work, while maintaining a lively atmosphere. Another plus point is their location next to the beautiful breezy Singapore River. They also provide free wifi.
Aside from the lovely setting and coffee, what makes Toby’s Estate one of my new favourite haunts is its impeccable service. On my second visit to Toby’s Estate the next day, one of the servers recognised me instantly, and greeted me warmly with a smile. When it was time for me to pay, I discovered that they had given me a 10% discount off my bill! They even let me stay 20 minutes past their closing time, so that I could finish up my essay.
It’s the little things like these that make a place memorable. Toby’s Estate is one of those places that are worth visiting, again and again.
A cafe for all occasions!
I studied in Australia and coffee from Toby's was always a constant for me. I was glad to that their Singapore chain had the same high standards. I ordered the iced mocha ($7). The coffee was rich, decadent and aromatic. I suspect they used some ice-cream which made the coffee so thick and smooth. Toby's food does not disappoint as well. Aside from a wide range of customizable coffees they have a full breakfast and lunch menu with a selection of cakes and desserts. I tried their Tropical Chicken Salad ($18) with fresh mangoes, tomatoes and mustard seed dressing and it was absolutely delicious. The salad also comes with soft thick toast on the side. I don't usually have salad and I find it a waste of money but I highly recommend having this when you visit Toby's Estate.
The cafe faces the Singapore river and is perfectly isolated yet not inaccessible. It is possible to walk to Toby's from Central or Clarke Quay MRT station. The cafe also offers free wifi and its open spacious layout makes it a great place for work or chilled out conversations over great coffee with friends.
Great Coffee With Beautiful Ambience (And Free Wi-Fi)
Toby's Estate is an Australian coffee chain, named for their founder Toby Smith who got his start in his mother's garage. His passion for coffee and roasting has passed down to all his outlets, including Toby's Estate Singapore. Check out the bags of beans at the side of the outlet, or the huge slow roaster which reaches to the ceiling!
Ambience is excellent at Toby's Estate. Situated alongside the picturesque Robertson Quay, the outdoor seating here is perfect for quiet dates or chilling sessions. Indoors, pictures of coffee growers adorn the walls, with the coffee roaster and coffee beans adorning a corner of the outlet. Long wooden communal tables encourage conversation while dining, and the counter has a nice wall stencil as a background.
Service is good at Toby's Estate, although the experienced staff are generally better at it. If you dine outside, staff will come around regularly to see if you need service. Toby's Estate provides free wi-fi, as well as various magazines and newspapers for browsing. Also, if it starts to rain, customers sitting outside will be immediately shifted inside. However, during peak periods, you'll have to stand while waiting for a place, and waiting times can take up to 30 minutes.
Food at Toby's Estate generally consist of breakfast / brunch items, pasta, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The range is somewhat limited, but what they do have, Toby's Estate does well. Portions are large and generous, and most of the food is prepared well. I have yet to have a 'bad' dish at Toby's Estate, with my only complaint being that food is generally oily here.
Their award-winning coffee is the star of Toby's Estate. Rich, full bodied and smooth, their coffee is among one of the best I've had in Singapore / Australia. Prices aren't cheap, but the proof of quality is in the superior taste of their coffee, which is sourced directly from coffee bean farmers. Their passion for coffee extends to teaching others as well, as Toby's Estate offers coffee brewing and tasting courses in Singapore, and a Barista school in Australia.
Aussie, Aussie, OY!
Not being one for subtleties in conversation, I enjoy my food in a similar manner - Voracious, Hearty and Overflowing. In short, I eat like a trucker.
And my inner trucker has finally found the perfect pit-stop diner in Toby's Estate. True to Australian fashion, this coffee joint (along the same stretch of Singapore River as BBBS and Pirates) serves up brunch favorites daily in their no-nonsense, unpretentiously generous portions. The prices are reasonable, affording patrons the freedom to knock ourselves out and go wild in our quest for the perfect brunch combination, without having to break the bank. Or rob one, for that matter.
Another distinguishing feature of Toby's is that they actually have good coffee. Tried the Latte on my last visit, which was delightfully swirled and tastes as potent as it is pretty. Coupled with Toby's Estate nett-price policy, it is needless to reiterate that the likes of Wild Honey pale significantly in comparison.
Heck, I could even grow to love their airy, high ceiling-ed, communal layout.
Great Coffee & Dessert
Having heard great things about Toby’s Estate, I was really excited to try it for myself. I went there on a Saturday afternoon to get coffee and dessert after lunch. Unfortunately, the café was fully packed, and my friend and I had to get a seat at the bar, which was a little uncomfortable.
I ordered a cappuccino, and had crème brulee for dessert. The crème brulee had just the right amount of brulee on top. In some places, the top part of the dessert isn’t hard enough, but at Toby’s it’s done just right. The coffee tasted really good and strong, just how I like it.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience very much, save for the fact that it is really crowded. If you aren’t into crowds, I suggest going at odd timings. But do give their coffee a try, and I assure you, you’ll be back for more.
Decent brunch place!
Getting to Toby’s Estate without your own transport might be a bit of a hassle. It’s situated at Rody Street which might be a walk from Robertson Quay and the nearest MRT station would be clark quay.
Toby’s Estate is famous place for brunch and also for their coffee. I decided to try to Toby’s breakfast ($16) which came with toast, bacon, scrambled eggs and cherry tomatos. In my opinion, the scrambled eggs could have tasted better and it wasn’t very appetizing to eat. My cousin’s Salmon Crossiant seemed good for $12. The crossiant tasted very fresh and big making it value for money. I had a hot chocolate to go along which costs $5. Iced chocolate costs $6.
Food in my opinion was slightly above average but could have been better. There is no service charge which a plus point.
But, do take note, Toby’s Estate doesn’t take reservations on weekends so you might wanna head down early. On a Sunday at about 11.30, I had to wait about 10-15 minutes before I got a table for 2.
The ambience of Toby’s Estate if very surreal and American-café like. It will be great to take a stroll along the river when you’re done with breakfast/lunch at Toby’s on a lazy weekend morning.