Thursday, April 27, 2017

Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room Opens in Ayala’s The 30th

More and more malls have been opening up and have welcomed the concept of it being a culinary destination, and there's one that I was so unlikely to visit-Ayala the 30th but hve braved the traffic with.

But what really made me visit the said mall is the opening of another restaurant serving contemporary cuisines.

Say hello to Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room.

At Toast, you can find unique Asian food combinations like Gyozig, Japanese dumplings stuffed with sisig, Salted Egg Creme Brulee, a simultaneous burst of sweet and salty in every bite, and their signature Longganisa Pasta, fusilli pasta spirals topped with authentic vigan longganisa for that savory garlic kick that complements its tomato cream sauce.

The food has a very unique take on what you’d expect of Asian food. The chefs take traditional recipes and add a twist of modern or local cooking styles and concepts to add a flair of distinct flavor combinations. Each dish is meticulously prepared with fresh premium ingredients making each bite an explosive treat for the tastebuds.

If you think this resto is all about toasts, as in breads, toasted, then don't be misled.  When you toast, it means,  you are being called to a gathering of people to raise glasses and drink together in honor of a person or thing.  That's what they're all about.

Let me give you a delectable tour...

You may begin with Toast Salad, a very Asian kind of salad, as typical salad greens are mixed in with green mangoes, onions and cilantro.  Surprise your taste buds with a vinaigrette mixture of peanut sauce and shrimp paste.  Topped with crispy fried vermicelli noodles for that extra texture which other boring salads don't have.

Whether you're here for a drink or to gorge on beautiful food, you might want to order Tom Yum Meatballs.  It's an ordinary meat ball on a stick, but what makes it different is the sauce. 

Another item on the menu you'll surely enjoy is the Quesong Puti Croquettas served with tomato laksa.

Once you've tried their Thai Basil Chicken Poppers, you'll never look at chicken popcorn the same way again.  The chicken pieces were battered and deep fried then glazed with nuoc mam seasoned sauce with shredded basil.

When you're ready for the heavy's, try Twice Cooked Pork with salted egg fired rice.  The plated dish looks a bit gaudy with all the different elements in one plate, but what you will discover are familiar tastes we Filipinos love to combine with. However, I don't think the fried vermicelli gave the dish a notch up the list of favorite pork dishes, if it was topped with spring onions it would have looked better and simpler.

One of my favorite is the Seared Salmon Linguini. Well, it's a slab of beautifully cooked Norwegian salmon, topped over pasta  tossed in nori cream sauce. I just love the creamy yet clean taste of the sauce.

When we arrived everyone have been talking about this soup-y dish-Blaksa.  It's their take on the classic Singaporean dish, Laksa, but made more exciting with black squid ink blotched around the rich coconut milk broth.

“Toast is more than just dining and drinking, it's about giving you an amazing day and an awesome night. We serve the food and beverage you're looking for, but we definitely aim to give you so much more.” explains Timo Roxas-Chua, one of the owners of Toast.

Eat, drink and be merry

Danny Meyer, a restaurateur from New York said, “A cocktail done right can really show your customers you care” and with all the effort Toast went through to formulate their one-of-a-kind cocktails, it is quite evident how much they do. The complex flavor combinations of the dishes are complemented with Toast’s selection of alcoholic drinks.

Cocktails are given a special twist by renowned Singaporean mixologist Jason Gray. Toast will be bringing Gray in to the country to train the Toast staff personally and serve drinks during Toast’s grand launch. While classic bar staples like the Mojito, Martini, and Amaretto Sour make an appearance on their bar list, Toast urges its customers to try their signature cocktails which Gray had a hand in helping concoct. Their most famous signature concoctions include the Jack Sparrow, Summer in the City, East Meets West, and the Mankari Sour, all of which use top-notch imported liquor bases and are mixed with playfully exotic mixers.

Beers are served from a very well curated selection of both staple local brands and specialty craft beers imported from breweries abroad.

Lastly, desserts aren't to be set aside.

This simple-looking dessert is actually complicated yet heavenly.   It's Darl chocolate Mousse.  In it is Batangas tablea topped with cream and finished off with powdered Chocnut.

The Tapioca and Mango Trifle is the winner!  It's a layering of texture and flavors but, yes, I must admit, it's better than all the tapiocas (combined) I've tried.

This new mall host a lot of food establishment but Toast by far exceeded my expectations.  Of course, I definitely would come back.  Want to join me?

Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room
Address:  Ayala Malls The 30th
              30 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila.

Follow us at @toastkitchenph on Instagram and Facebook

Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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