Nestled in the heart of the spanking new Capitol Piazza, one can take a walk down heritage lane with 1933 by Toast Box. The menu has been recently revamped and refreshed, and patrons can look forward to nostalgic Nanyang-inspired dishes that reflect the identity of 1930s Singapore. Local food never tasted more like home.
1933 by Toast Box
Berry Bliss – $5.50
G: This was refreshingly addictive, with the perfect blend of berries, mint and lemonade. The coral colour was a mood-lifter after a long day at work, and when the fizz of the lemonade hits your tongue, you know you’ve beaten the sweltering heatwave that will not just give us a break.
1933 Greenhouse – $10.90 G: The in-house special Asian Thai dressing was so good. Tangy, sweet and spicy, it complemented the mix of seasonal greens, cherry tomatoes, crunchy Japanese cucumber slices and freshly sliced pineapple chunks. It’s a wonder I wasn’t gulping the sauce down in bottles. 1933, please sell it!
Forest Mushroom – $6.90G: The broth wasn’t anything spectacular – tasted like a cross between mushroom soup and clam chowder. However, the lightly toasted French bread bowl was simply heaven. Soft yet crispy when you tear them apart, and very fragrant.
Luncheon Fries – $5.90G: Julienned strips of fried luncheon meat served with sweet chilli sauce. It would have been better if the chef held back a little bit on the salt, and if the strips were sliced more thinly for more crisp!
Hainanese-style Satay – $8.90 for 6 sticksG: You can choose from three types of meat: chicken, pork or mutton. I’m not a mutton lover as I dislike the smell of the meat, but the mutton satay was so well charcoal-grilled that it tasted tender and smoky. Ditto for the chicken and pork. Thumbs up for this dish! Served with traditional peanut sauce and slices of pineapple, cucumber and onions.
Laksa Pasta – $13.90G: This is a typical Singaporean dish with a twist. The al dente spaghetti was tossed with creamy laksa paste, fresh big prawns, fishcake and taupok. At $13.90, it’s a steal for a plate of heaven.
Grilled Pork Loin – $25.90G: An excellent cut of pork loin that was seasoned with thyme, bay leaf, honey and brine, and grilled to perfection. The meat was not as tough as I thought it would be, but was a little dry on the inside. Not to worry though, just ask for more servings of Hainanese or Black Pepper sauce! Served with potato wedges and mixed salad.
Hainanese Chicken Rice – $12.90G: This was obviously one of the highlights of the night. Moist tender chicken drizzled in sauce on a bed of cabbage, served with fragrant rice that had been cooked in rich chicken broth. The side of greens was very special – instead od the usual kailan, we were served kangkong. The chilli is home-made with lime and fresh ginger. Most patrons in the dainty cafe ordered this, so it must mean something.
Green Mango Peach Organic Tea – $5G: Some fruity tea to end off the night of hearty dishes. The texture of the tea was light, and the lilt of mango was extremely welcoming.
Gula Melaka Pandan Cake – $7.90G: Soft pandan chiffon cake baked with bits of palm sugar for that extra Nyonya flavour. Served with gula melaka syrup. It’s no wonder this is their signature dessert! Taken against the porcelain walls of 1933 which depicts our Nanyang heritage.
Overall a very satisfying meal. Kudos to Toast Box and BreadTalk group for yet another successful venture. Location wise, it’s also very convenient as there is now a sheltered underpass from City Hall station to Capitol Piazza.
You can check out their promotions here:
Lunch Promotion (From 11:30am–2pm):
• Choice of Main + Salad/Soup @ $13.90++
(Choice of main includes Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nanyang Curry Chicken, Fish and Chips or Laksa Pasta)
Coffee-break Promotion (From 2pm–6pm):
• Gula Melaka Pandan Cake + Hot Coffee/Tea @ $8.90++
Dinner Promotion (From 6pm–9pm):
• Choice of Main + Soup + Cake @ $28.90++
(Choice of main includes grilled pork loin or Angus Rib Eye Steak)
Happy Hour Promotion (From 3pm–8pm):
• Free side with any 2 alcoholic drinks ordered!
• 1-for-1 Singapore Sling Night
(Only on Fridays from 6pm onwards)
1933 by Toast Box
15 Stamford Road #01-83
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
* This is an invited media session by 1933 and Ian Low, a.k.a The Silver Chef.
Price per pax: $15-$30
What you should order: Almost everything is good, but if we have to pick, it'll be the Greenhouse Salad, Hainanese Chicken Rice set, Laksa Pasta and Gula Melaka Pandan Cake.