The Place Not the name of a newspaper publication, The Daily Press is a fairly new kid in the hipper-by-the-year Toa Payoh estate, close to where popular ice-cream and waffles café Cremier is located. The café specialises in sandwiches instead of the usual café eggs benedict offerings, prepared from its sandwich press machine. It is not a huge space here, which could probably accommodate about thirty customers. That said, I like the simple, wooden and industrial design of the place, which makes it unpretentious and comfortable that I was feeling at ease despite being in my most unglam tee-shirt and shorts. Must add that we love the mix of orange touches throughout the whole cafe, from the table sides to its chairs, to the subdue floor tiles – love it!
The Food While the menu is not the most extensive amongst the hundreds of cafes in Singapore, the concept at The Daily Press currently thrives on “less is more” with seven sandwiches on its menu. Some of the notable highlights include the Peranakan inspired Babi Pongteh ($12) sandwich, Korean “Fried” Chicken ($12) and the House-Cured Salmon ($15). It is interesting to note that the Korean “Fried” Chicken sandwich is not prepared by frying the chicken, but rather by baking it to achieve the fried taste. Most of ingredients are made in-house, from the salad dressing to the kimchi, which I find a commendable effort for a café of its scale.
I tried the Mushrooms ($10) sandwich as I wanted something light after a heavy meal before my visit. The sandwich is Ciabatta, and Italian white bread, which was pressed to the right degree, giving it a texture that was easy to cut and chew. The leek salad that came with the sandwich was drenched in light honey dressing for a refreshing bite.
Fans of local coffee roaster Liberty will rejoice that The Daily Press uses their coffee beans, so expect a rather thick and medium acidity coffee here, which speaks for our Flat White ($5).
Rants Sandwich may not be the favourite café fare for some people, so you will be disappointed if you are frantically searching for anything with eggs on the menu. Hopefully, there will be at least one item on the menu in time to come which has eggs in the sandwich. I am really an eggs person when it comes to café.
Will I return again? A sincere café which makes an effort to offer something different from other cafes at reasonable prices, as well as interesting twists to their sandwich flavours not found elsewhere. This is a spot to check out if you are thinking of a café to try in Toa Payoh.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
The Daily Press
Block 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-56
Tel: +65 6258 0167
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.30am to 9.30pm
Closed on Monday