The Toast Co. opened doors end of last year. What used to be a cafe named The Front Door, is now replaced by this cafe and it is located in the Selangor Grocers’ Guild building. Waze can be used as a guide to head to this cafe – right up to the lane/stretch on which this cafe is located and once you are there, it gets kindda confusing. The current rainy weather does not make it anymore easier. I headed there when it was raining heavily, so I did not have the luxury to park and walk around to look for this cafe. This stretch of road is relatively busy and comprised mostly of shops – eateries, cloths, hotels, you name it. It all looked almost the same that I had to go round the block twice before I managed to tag The Toast Co.’s precise location. Parking was also a problem – there was no parking available by the roadside, the few available ones were occupied, road was pretty narrow and sides were mostly occupied by taxis + lorries doing offloading – so yea, on a rainy day, it all kindda sucked! Thank god though there was a hotel in the midst of it all that houses its own parking (basement/ underground parking), yay!!! This hotel was also almost directly opposite the cafe – almost, so naturally this was where I decided to park at. The parking goes by an hourly rate of 3.50 ringgit and I ended up paying 7 ringgit for the 2 hours I was there. That was kindda steep but I did not have much of a choice.
This was the hotel I parked in – 5 Elements Hotel. Once you are parked, you come out of the hotel, with the hotel to your back and a row of shops to your front, the cafe is to your right, among the row of shops opposite you. So cross over and head to Selangor Grocers’ Guild building.
This cafe shares the space with a backpacker/hostel – Grocers’ Inn. By shared space here I meant that the front half of the space is taken up by the cafe and the back half is taken up by the backpackers. Both these business are run by one family – the son operates the cafe and father operates the backpackers.
I like the ambiance here, it is spacious and tables + chairs are arranged in such a way that enables ample spaces between each other. For some reason this cafe exudes a chilled out + ‘take it easy’ vibe. At the time when I was there, there was a couple of caucasians in their shorts + tshirts + singlets talking and laughing to their hearts content which naturally lead to it being a boisterous and jolly environment. Every now and then people from the Grocers’ Inn, some would decide to sit in and have something to drink and some would just pass through to head out. No matter what though, there would always be greetings thrown every now and then – hellos, hey, hows it going?, good day. It was all pretty fascinating. You feel yourself being automatically pulled in into this jovial atmosphere. I liked it.
Pan Seared Chicken with Basil Pesto Toast, 18 ringgit
Okay, if you love your pesto as much as I do, then you should give this a try. This was sooooo good!. So basically this toast comprised of homemade basil pesto + pan seared chicken breast + parmesan cheese + sun dried tomatoes. Every bite you take has enough pesto in it to satisfy your cravings. I love pesto but it was getting kindda boring only being able to have pesto with my pasta and sometimes with chicken fillet. So, having a pesto toast was awesome, especially when you get a really compact and thick version of it rather than some watered down version. The pesto + chicken combo works with toast just as well as it does with a pasta. On the side, you have a thinly cut baked potatoes and the usual salad with vinegar dressing. Overall, I loved this dish.
TTC Grilled Chicken Chop, 22 ringgit
This was another delicious dish. It basically comprised of a well done boneless chicken breast that is marinated in a buttery sweet sauce that tasted divine + wedges and salad on the side. I do not have much to say about this chicken chop besides the fact that it was really good. It was also healthy in the sense that there was no flour/bread crumbs used to coat the chicken and the oil used was kept at a minimum. It also is filling – so you most probably would enjoy this dish best of you ingest it on an empty stomach or if you intend to share it with someone.
Would I head here again?
Yes, I would. Food is good, environment is welcoming. Definitely worth another visit, perhaps not during peak hours though, lol.
Address: No. 78, Jalan Sultan, City Center, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays to Fidays, 9 am – 7 pm
Weekends, 9 am – 6 pm
Signing out now, Ciao