1933 by Toast Box is a new café concept by the highly successful BreadTalk Group. While the brand tries to evoke the nostalgic mood of the 1930s through their new menu, 1933 by Toast Box’s decor looks nothing like a blast from the past.
Located at the uppity Capitol Piazza, 1933 by Toast Box is a two-storey outlet that can seat up to 80 patrons. The decor is contemporary and has a big serving bar centrepiece beautifully fitted with patterned tiles. The cafe has a casual and laid-back vibe that is perfect for short breaks.
Don’t expect the prices here to be priced for the ‘1930s’ though. 1933 charges $5 for a cup of Kopi O (black coffee with sugar), more than double the price for a similar drink at Toast Box. The cafe opens early, serving its signature Nanyang coffee and traditional Kaya toast from 8am for the morning crowd. Unlike typical stalls serving local ‘kopi’, 1933 offers a Nanyang-inspired menu that includes dishes like Laksa Pasta, Hainanese-style Satay, Grilled Pork Loin and Hainanese Chicken Rice. Even though these dishes are Nanyang-inspired, they are not the ones your great-grandfather ate. These are new creations blending Asian flavours with Western influences. For example, the signature Laksa Pasta is a plate of al dente spaghetti served with prawns, fishcake and beancurd puffs topped with creamy laksa sauce. Also, we can’t imagine people ordering dishes like the Signature Miso Cod (S$28.90) at a kopitiam (coffee shop) in the 1930s.
Having said that, there are a few items on the menu that we would love to try. The signature Nanyang Curry Chicken (S$14.90) served in a bread bowl is like a mini ‘Golden Pillow’ curry bread. We imagine that the baguette-like crusty bread will go well with the fragrant curry chicken sauce. Another dish is the Gula Melaka Pandan Cake, a reinvented chiffon pandan cake that is topped with whip cream and served with Gula Meleka syrup.
1933 by Toast Box also has a whole host of other drinks like the kopi latte (S$7), teas and milkshakes as well as soups and finger foods. All in all, the 1933 concept sounds a little all over the place and uncanny of the BreadTalk Group. But we will still swing by the cafe simply because of its location, decor and take advantage of some of the promotional sets listed below.
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 Galleria
Capitol Piazza Singapore 178906
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily