Loysel’s Toy, Coffee and Brunch and Singapore
A little out of the way on the Rocher riverside, Loysel’s Toy pays homage to Edward Loysel de Santais - the Frenchman who combined his love for coffee and machines into what is credited today as the world’s first commercial coffee machine (producing over 1000 cups of coffee per hour!).
|66 Kampong Bugis|
Wedged between Rocher River and Kallang Park, the open space benefits from a breezy draft, even in the heat of a hot Singapore afternoon. Still, we’ve walked here from Kampong Glam in the mid afternoon swelter, so gratefully take a spot in the air-conditioned interior.
Loysel’s Toy mother coffee bean roaster, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, has grown so fashionable that customers are often faced with a queue. Loysel’s Toy however, being a little out of the way, profits from the same wonderful beans, but a less crowded (full to capacity on our visit, but no line to get in) scene.
A bare industrial look, with recycled furniture keeps the set-up simple. A Syneso machine takes prime place on the coffee bar, testimony to the seriousness of coffee preparation in this establishment. Indie music hums from quality speakers from above, injecting a low base rhythm into the hearts of guests. Matched to the cool-vibe tunes, the staff display a similar calm nonchalance.
Brunch is popular on the weekends and a glass display of cakes and pastries is a favoured spot to pause, drool and make a selection for a sweet finish. The menu is primarily Western with a hint of local.
A quick search on Google shows the Egg Ben on Toast ($12) receiving raving reviews, so that’s our first order. Softly poached eggs sit atop a chewy ciabbatta and pink strips of salmon. The Hollandaise sauce has a distinct tart finish, which meshes nicely with the runny egg yolk. A pile of leaves side the plate. Dressed with a mist of olive oil, the accompaniment is a light, fresh and cleansing.
|Eggs Benedict with Salmon|
Char-Grilled Tuna Caesar ($10) comes recommended by the waiter so it’s on our list too. Crisp Romaine lettuce holds lightly seared tuna and a poached egg. It’s topped with finely shredded Parmesan and cubes of focaccia toast. It’s another good value-for-money dish.
|Tuna Caesar Salad|
Four different varieties of pancakes are listed so we see it fit to order a set. The Gula Melaka ($6) promises a drizzle of palm sugar syrup with a side of butter. They arrive as a trio of fluffy rounds. The key is in their simplicity. Pancakes prepared well don’t require a lot of trimmings and Loysel’s Toy is sticking to this philosophy.
|Pancakes with Gula Melaka|
Known for their coffee, an order is not complete without an order of a brew made from their gourmet beans. My Flat White ($4.50) is topped with swan latte art. Smooth and soft, it’s a lovely drink, but I might ask for a double shot of espresso next round to more fully appreciate the very palatable house blend. It’s their original mix hailing from Brazil, Ethiopia and Guatemala and, one of the reasons the mother roasting company became so popular to begin with.
Good Old Fashioned Ice Tea ($4.50) is made in house and an alternative choice to coffee. A slice of lemon and a wedge of lime float to the top of the iced glass adding a light tang to the sweet cool liquid.
It has been a short but pleasant visit, but I can clearly see the appeal in Loysel’s Toy. Good food, chilled ambience and great coffee make this out of the way café a great choice anytime of day.
Reasons to visit: good value meals; excellent coffee; a quieter out-of-the-way location.
66 Kampong Bugis
Open Tues to Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 7:30pm
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