The Daily Press – Blk 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 (Closed)

(The Daily Press had since ceased operations.)

Yet another cafe opens up at Toa Payoh, and this time round it is at Toa Payoh Lorong 1, notably the area where the Blk 127 Food Centre & Market and Creamier are situated at replacing a photo studio that was rather popular amongst the residents in the past.

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Toa Payoh had lately been invaded with countless of ice-cream parlours that serve waffles with ice-cream; thankfully The Daily Press does none of that, instead focusing on sandwiches and other healthy sharing plates like Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa salads.

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(Korean “Fried” Chicken)

Both my dining partner and I were on a dieting mood which we decided why not we just share a Korean “Fried” Chicken sandwich. The reason behind the inverted commas lie within the execution of the dish. Due to the operating restrictions set on the cafe, The Daily Press is not allowed to do deep-frying in the kitchen. To work around this, the chicken is marinated and covered in Japanese bread crumbs so as to replicate the crispy fried batter of the “fried” chicken and oven-baked to crispness. It comes with kimchi over the chicken patty, which is cut, marinated and fermented in-house. Ciabatta buns are being used for the sandwich, which is supplied from The Bread Table at Upper Serangoon/Upper Thomson (which also supplies bakes to Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters). While the Ciabatta was hard to cut with a knife, we enjoyed the chewy texture when its in the mouth with the crisp crust over the top. While the “fried” chicken lacks a bit of crispness as it is oven-baked, it is well-executed in its own right, which is tender and further enhanced by the kimchi which adds that Korean touch to the dish. Paired with a garden salad drizzled with home-made Honey Mustard, the fresh greens were made refreshing with the subtly sweet dressing.

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(Flat White)

Using Liberty Coffee’s signature Speakeasy blends, we loved how our coffee turned out to be here; smooth, nutty with chocolate tones. Definitely one of the better cuppa I have had recently.

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The Daily Press seemed to have impressed with its different offerings especially within Toa Payoh which sees a large number of cafés that offers the same dishes. Despite it’s many restrictions, they seemed to have made the best use of resources to work out the solutions to make the best out of the situation. This is one place where passion, sincerity and creativity comes as one, and we would really want to see how this place would grow to be in the long run. Wishing all the best for them in the future!

The Daily Press
Blk 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Singapore 310126

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