Toby’s The Dessert Asylum is a prized find at Parkway Parade. Serving a wide variety of desserts, appetisers, pastas and pizzas, it is located right opposite the main entrance of the shopping mall. The ambience is casual and trendy with a chic purple colour scheme, reminding me of a local version of NYDC, Big O Café, and Café Cartel.
The mouth-watering desserts come with fun names such as the Spike ‘D’ (durian mousse with dark chocolate fudge cake), Lord Vader (rum & raisin and chocolate mudpie with grand marnier), The Godfather (coffee and chocolate sponge with mascarpone) and Chimp-A-Duck (chempedak!).
The house specials include Toby’s beef shepherd’s pie, spinach and mushroom pot pie, and german, bbq baby ribs and cheese bratwurst dawgs combi. It seems like many items here contain stewed pork, such as burgers, baked rice and pizzas. Very Filipino.
The stewed pork in the baked penne ($12.95) was rather succulent and had a tasty tenderness in its meat. Though the overall combination with the pasta felt a little strange and at odds, and could work with the inside being wetter and moist.
Oh, and the pizza was really, really fabulous – The all meat pizza ($15.95) had generous toppings of bratwurst, pepperoni and ham, layered with rich tomato sauce. The pizza arrived hot and piping, with warm melting cheese over crunchy crust that made it complete satisfaction.
While the desserts may not turn you crazy (as the word ‘asylum’ suggest), the carrot cake I had was rather decent, and warning – the rum ice cream was proportionally exceedingly alcoholic. Keep it off your children. The cake was warm and soft, then even my ‘non-carrot-cake-fan’ friend said this was one of the best he had.
Toby’s The Dessert Asylum, 80 Marine Parade Road, #02-68/70 Parkway Parade,Tel: +65 6346 2435
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm Daily