Other than Soapy Dramas, Rain and Wondergirls, Tom N Toms Coffee is another successful Korean export that has reached our sunny island. As the No. 1 Korean coffee chain, with 175 branches around the world, caffeine-lovers in Singapore would take pleasure to have yet another noteworthy choice.
Unfortunately, the cafe used to be at Far East Plaza and Vivocity, and is now left with one solo branch at ICON near Tanjong Pagar MRT.
Brought in by the people behind Wine & Dine magazine, Tom N Toms (탐엔탐스커피) use 100% premium Arabica coffee beans roasted and grinded in Korea to ensure perfection for coffee lovers. The Café Americano, made by combining rich espresso and hot water, had a bitterer aftertaste that would linger around your tastebuds.
I had an Ice Café Mocha, with premium chocolate melted into steam milk. I liked that you could still taste the strong and rich espresso, while maintaining its mild milkiness. With that said, I long for a smoother texture and more refined quality found in the more familiar brands.
For non-coffee drinkers, they do have a wide substitute such as Cinnamon Chocolate, Milk Tea, Green Mint Hot Chocholate, Chai Latte and a variety of tangy smoothies.
The strength of Tom N Toms is in its food though, as their pretzels, thick toast and pizzas are freshly baked. That is really a fresh alternative to the usual cold sliced cakes and sandwiches offered. The Tortilla Pizza came up piping hot, and was amazingly mouth-watering with its thin crispy crust and dizzled with simple but tasteful toppings. I finished it in 5 minutes. Irresistible.
On my visit on a weekend evening, the branch was surprisingly empty, which was not a bad thing to customers. Perhaps ‘Korean’ has not been synonymous with coffee, and we are just spoilt with coffee choices. With fierce competition in the form of Old Town White Coffee just next door, let’s hope this Korean force will stay for a while.
Tom N Toms Coffee, 12 Gopeng Street, #01-12 ICON Village, Singapore, Tel: +65 6225 6313
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 24 hours (Closed Sun: 11pm – 7am)