The post-festival surprise: Toby’s Estate!

This is the continuation I was talking about from my previous post. I discovered a branch of Toby’s Estate right inside Shangri-la Mall! And it was literally right next to the coffee festival I just got out of. I should improve my Googling skills. But anyway, I hope you enjoy this entry! 🙂

[April 2, 2016]

TOBY’S ESTATE – SHANGRI-LA BRANCH

Level 2, Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

I didn’t actually know that there was a Toby’s here in Shang. The last time I tried looking for it was when I was in BGC, and it was closed back then. The only other branch I knew existed was near Salcedo Village in Makati, which was also a place I went to a few weeks ago. Why didn’t I realize it before. @__@ Well, at least I’ve found one here just as I’ve finished up with the coffee festival, which means I don’t have to go to Makati for a while! Given that I live in a far-off place, this was a blessing to me.

The barista here also told me that Toby’s will be opening a new branch in GREENHILLS soon, so for those living in Manila/QC, this is very good news!

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Pretty small since it’s a mall space, but good coffee knows no claustrophobia.

Their ordering process here is similar to CBTL: Walk up to the counter, make your order, pay, and they’ll give you one of those RFID counters that vibrate when you’re order is ready. Convenient, and practical. While waiting for my cappuccino (which only costs Php 130), I ended up taking some pictures of the whole place.

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Small as the place may be, it’s actually pretty popular!

They also have this sweet setup of an espresso machine on the side. It’s…it’s beautiful. Hopefully someday I’ll have a machine as groovy as that. 🙂

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People look at luxury cars the way I look at espresso machines.

They also sell cookies, cakes, pies and pastries, all in generous servings for a relatively affordable price. ESPECIALLY the pastries. Thankfully I was able to resist buying them outright. But next time. Next time.

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I wanted to try their dark chocolate with walnut cookies. 😦
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*drools*

Examining their menu, it seems that the overall price of their drinks is pretty average. Nothing goes over 160. Including their cold brew coffee. Huh. Guess I’ll try that next time. Can’t afford to be too caffeinated, after all. 🙂

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They also serve tea!

After waiting for a few minutes, my counter finally buzzed and I took the cappuccino from the counter. And it looks really good! The dark-colored foam makes it really appetizing. It looks a lot like hot chocolate. I went ahead and took a slurp.

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Looks toasty!

It /was/ really good, to be honest. I liked how smooth it felt, and how naturally sweet it tasted. Also, it did feel a bit toasty which reminds me of roasted almonds. Splendid! Here’s my take:

TOBY’S ESTATE – CAPPUCCINO

Aroma: 4.0/5. Light, but with a subtle undertone. It’s as if there’s a surprise underneath all that foam.
Taste: 4.8/5. Smooth and feels really good. Naturally sweet, at a level I like. Toasty, and reminiscent of roasted almonds.
Price: 3.5/5. Php 130 for a cappuccino. Pretty okay. But you know, it’s really good, so I think it’s worth every peso I could spend on this.

Overall: 4.1/5. Really worth a try! Suitable if you want a toastier kind of cappucino.

So there you have it! If you guys want to experience good third-wave coffee while in Shang, look no further than Toby’s Estate! It’ll make your day, I guarantee it. Happy Hunting! 🙂

-Ken

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