Official Website: http://www.marmaladetoast.com.sg
Address: #02-11 Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6733 8489
Opening Hours: 8am-7pm (Mon to Fri); 9am-7pm (Sat), 10am-6pm (Sun & PH)
Budget: $5-8 for cakes, $10-15 for lunch
Recommendations: Salads, wraps, cakes.
I’m facing an internal struggle as I write this post. I’ve just found a cafe that I really like and can’t wait to share it with everyone. Yet, on the other hand, I don’t really want too many people to know about this hidden gem for fear of it becoming overcrowded. After all, it’s not easy to find a quiet cafe in Orchard that serves up tasty food at affordable prices and at the same time provide adequate tranquility for you to spend time with a book/laptop. Most places in town are either too noisy or overcrowded.
Marmalade Toast, the sister cafe of the better-known Marmalade Pantry, is so well-concealed that I wouldn’t be surprised if many have never seen or passed by it before. After all, who would expect there to be a cafe located behind the walls of a lift lobby? Fortunately for us, we didn’t take very long to locate the place.
Ordering was a breeze because everything was displayed on the huge menu. Simply decide on what you want, order and pay at the counter, then wait at your seat with your number tag. I’m not sure if the staff were experiencing Monday blues or what, but they seemed rather listless and unfriendly. I mean, come on, a smile won’t hurt!
Pumpkin & Tofu Salad/Wild Rice Salad ($8)
Those looking for a light lunch can opt for a combination of either 2 or 3 salads ($8 and $10 respectively). As I wanted a balanced meal with a good mix of carbs, protein and veg, I picked Pumpkin & Tofu and the Wild Rice Salad. Both were fantastic! The Pumpkin & Tofu Salad comprised firm tofu and pumpkin cubes tossed in balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The pumpkin’s sweetness balanced out the tanginess of the balsamic vinaigrette, making the dish extremely palatable overall. I couldn’t really make out what dressing they used for the Wild Rice Salad because its taste was overpowered by the distinct natural sweetness of the apples and raisins. The nutty texture of the wild rice provided a nice crunch to the salad and overall it had a refreshing taste.
It’s not easy to find wraps in Singapore, let alone good wraps. Hence, I must say that Marmalade Toast definitely serves up one of the best wraps which I’ve tasted here (ok to be fair, I haven’t tried that many here…). The wholemeal wrap was well-toasted and wasn’t too thick. It also held up pretty well and the ingredients didn’t fall apart as we bit into it. Our only gripe? The hummus spread was almost non-existent because we couldn’t taste it at all. Nevertheless, this is probably a dish I’ll return for.
Summer Smoothie ($6)
I really wanted a juice but the staff told me that they were out of fruit and vegetables (how is that even possible?!). Hence, I ordered a Summer Smoothie (comprising strawberry, banana, yogurt, milk and honey) instead. It was pretty refreshing, but I preferred it to be slightly sweeter to balance off the tartness from strawberries and yogurt.
Ok, I know, enough of healthy food. Now here’s the part you’ve been waiting for…
Chocolate Truffle Cake ($5.50)
Marmalade Toast has a tea set offer available on weekdays from 3-6pm. The set ($6.90) includes any cake of your choice (with some exceptions) and either coffee or tea. Due to our relatively light lunch, hunger pangs struck us at 3pm. How timely right? :P
We had a hard time choosing from the tantalizing array of cakes and pastries (which, by the way, are from The Marmalade Pantry) displayed at the counter so we decided to go by the most pragmatic approach: choose the most expensive one available! That’s how we ended up with the Chocolate Truffle Cake.
Well, judging from the picture, what more can I say? I guess this is where the old adage “a picture tells a thousand words” comes in. Just like what you can see from the picture, the cake was pure sinful indulgence. However, don’t order it unless you LOVE chocolate, or you have someone else to share the calories with you. The cake comprised mainly chocolate mousse with only a little sponge, and even SG Boy (the self-professed chocolate junkie) admitted that it got a little gelat after a while. You would probably need a good workout after this decadent feasting, but trust me, it is worth the workout. In short, it was so wickedly sinful, but so good. Nomsssss.
This little gem is well worth visiting! The delicious food and peaceful atmosphere are definitely things which I’ll return for. Things would definitely be better if their service was more welcoming though…
Rating: 3.67/5 Chocolate Truffle Cakes