Friday, May 25, 2018

[food review] Toby's The Dessert Asylum - Tradehub21

I've never been or heard about Tradehub21 until my recent tasting last week at Toby's The Dessert Asylum. I was there with my Baby, Tracy and Sweetie, as well as their respective partners.

 Toby's The Dessert Asylum boasts an exciting line up of hearty restaurant favorites and beloved desserts made from original American recipes. The restaurant was founded back in 2009, and was previously located at Marine Parade. However, it has since moved to TradeHub21 along Boon Lay Way since 2015. This is definitely a piece of good news for all 'west-siders'. If the crowds at Jem or Westgate are way too much for you, then this restaurant might be a good option.

I love the alfresco area, as it has ample natural lighting. Check out the giant monkey dressed up in a corporate styled black/dark purple outfit near the entrance!

Don't be fooled by the restaurant name 'Dessert Asylum', as this eatery place serves more than desserts! It offers an extensive menu of affordable American-styled grub and also has an impressive list of drinks and desserts!
The Hulk-A-Mania (SGD5.90) is a refreshing fruit juice, made of freshly green apples, lime and sour plum. It basically comes across as a fruity beverage that has a sour/sweet taste. It is the perfect drink to keep you feeling refreshed under the scorching sun!
The Lemon Demon (SGD6.90) is made of lemon sorbet + Lemonade.

The Liquid Gold (SGD5.90) is made of honey lemon + soda, and the Lychee Lust (SGD5.90) was made of lychee juice and blended with ice. 

The Pear-A-Dise (SGD5.90) is a refreshing ice blended pear drink, and the Oreo Monster (SGD7.90) is made of chocolate ice-cream + crushed Oreo cookies. 

I love the crispy bits of popiah skin scattered on the surface of the Smoked Duck Pizza (SGD16.90). The simple artisan pizza was sprinkled with chunks of smoked duck slice, shiitake mushrooms, and generally drizzled by the sweet-savory hoisin sauce.
 I recommend this thin crusted Smoked Duck Pizza as a 'MUST-ORDER' food item at Toby's The Dessert Asylum.

The Chicken Cordon Bleu (SGD18.90) looked crispy on the outside and once it was cut into halves, the pipping hot mozzarella cheese flowed out immediately. The chicken meat and the ham were tender and toasty. You get a choice of between potato salad, fries or garlic rice to accompany the dish as well! Lastly, the orange lemon butter sauce paired up pretty well with the dish, as it added a soft touch of tanginess!

The Baby Ribs Platter was the star during the entire tasting, and it consisted of 3 different type of flavors (BBQ, Hickory Smoked and Guinness Stout) of succulent of succulent prime rib meat, for the carnivore in me! Each platter comes with 5 sides - Potato Salad, Onion Rings, Mashed Potato, Taco Fries and Cheesy Focaccia Bread! 
Each Baby Rib was well marinated, which resulted in a well-balanced flavor! The Guinness Stout added a hint of bitterness, in order to tone down on the sweetness of the rib. The guys enjoyed this flavor the most, among the three choices. The ladies preferred the Hickory Smoked flavor instead, as we felt it was more tender, stickier and sweeter, as compared to the Stout version.
Good news to all sticky bone lovers, Toby's The Dessert Asylum are currently running an offer for the Baby Ribs Platter, and each order of the platter is now only going at SGD49+ (usual price: SGD89+). This promotion runs till the end of May. As the food was quite amazing, I will definitely be back to Toby's for more meals!

We couldn't leave without trying their desserts, and we went on with some signature desserts from Toby's The Dessert Asylum. The Fruit of the Forest (SGD5.90 per slice) was not just any ordinary run of the mill blackforest cake, as it contained a significant amount of rum, which made the taste unique! It was embedded with black cherries, and is the perfect dessert for those who love a rich chocolate flavor!

The Rambo 7 (SGD7.90 per slice) was such an Insta-worthy rainbow cake and it tasted as good as it looked. I love the dark and white chocolate coating! 

Do try the Ondeh Ondeh (SGD7.90 per slice) for the taste of Malacca. I enjoyed it very much, as the level of sweetness was just perfect for me. Most of my friends, especially the closer ones know that I am not really a fan of anything that has a high sugar content, so everyone was surprised that I had a good helping of this Ondeh-Ondeh cake! I think this was the most popular cake as well among our party, and I noticed that other patrons were having slices of the same cake in the restaurant! I strongly recommend this cake to those who don't like their cakes to be too sweet.

We had the Seek Asylum (SGD15.90), and it is the standard of what every rich dessert should be! The mud pie was served with a combination of macadamia and mocha almond ice-cream, completed with a bed of crushed cookies and drenched with yummy chocolate sauce. The name of the dessert was as awesome as it tasted too! Please lock me up in this 'dessert asylum!!'

The Arctic Bombshell (SGD12.90) is one of the restaurant's choice creations. Essentially, it is a soft chocolate brownie, layered with thick chocolate ganache, and topped off with vanilla ice-cream. The entire dessert is then covered by a rich, fluffy sweet meringue that forms the outer shell of the dessert. It looked absolutely beautiful on the serving plate. Sharing is advisable for this decadent dessert treat! 

Every dessert lover will love to stay at Toby's The Dessert Asylum as a so called, 'Dessert Prisoner', as the amazing list of desserts will surely tempt anyone to be lost in this world of sinfully enticing sweetness! This place is also an ideal communal place for families and friends. With the extensive list of food and dessert choices available, there should be no chance of anyone not being able to find anything to their liking! If you are spoilt by choices, then just head for their signatures or the recommended dessert, you will never regret having them! 
I had an enjoyable gathering session with my friends. We are one of the great examples of bloggers friends turned good friends, as we knew one another since 2011. A big toast to our friendship, and I am glad that we have all found our significant others as well! Thanks Toby's The Dessert Asylum for the invite, and it was really nice to have our partners to join us in this tasting too! Really appreciate it! 
Toby's The Dessert Asylum
8 Boon Lay Way, Tradehub21, #01-35 Singapore 609964
Open daily from 11am-10pm 

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