Words by Joseph Cesar
Photos by Trina Armedilla
With roots originating from Korea, Tom N Toms has gained a large number of loyal followers from all over the world and is continuously growing in fame for their freshly-made pretzels and pastries and their freshly-brewed coffee. After the success of their branches in Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Boracay, they recently opened a branch in Pasig, too! You asked for it and they delivered!
Here are 3 reasons why you should check it out!
With the sheer amount of choices on their menu, you are sure to find something that will pique your interest. Complete with the tea and coffee classics (Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip, and more), Tom N Toms does not shy away from quirky combinations (Green Mint Mocha, Cinnamon Choco, Coconut Milk, etc.). They also offer smoothies for those who want to take the healthier route, with interesting flavors (Citron, Banana Revolution, etc.).
Their pastry-making is a highlight in itself as they stray away from the usual set-up of most other coffee shops. They make everything from scratch as you order–without a separate kitchen! Everything is done right in front of you–from stretching the dough, to generously filling it with toppings, you can see the start to end process. Their snacks include pretzels and pastries of varying flavors to match your craving.
For a classic drink, I tried the Caramel Tomnccino. With just the right balance between the sweetness of the caramel and the bitterness of the coffee, I was pleasantly taken by surprise. It also had this delightfully light whipped cream, completing it.
Caramel Tomnccino grande (Php 160)
For a picture-perfect drink, I tried the Affogato–a kind that I have not seen in other coffee shops. The sweetness and creaminess of the vanilla ice cream perfectly complimented the warm, strong coffee poured over it. Apart from the delectable concoction that was formed, I appreciated the fact that there was an interaction between the customer and the drink through the pouring of the coffee. There is an undeniable satisfaction in seeing a drink transform right in front of you, done with your own hands.
Affogato (Php 160)
For a barista’s hot drink recommendation, I was given the Oriental Latte. Upon lifting the lid, I was met with a rich aroma from the freshly brewed coffee. With a sip, the creamy foam introduced me to the coffee’s balance of bitterness and sweetness. The sensation of the warm coffee trickling down my throat warmed me to my core amidst the rainy weather.
Sick and tired of the usual cookies in your nearest coffee shop? Tom N Toms made sure to keep you interested not only in their drinks but also in their snacks. Whether it be savory, sweet, spicy, or what have you, Tom N Toms has it all! Some of their interesting combinations include shrimp pretzel, kimchi pretzel, and bacon potato tortilla pizza.
Hot Italiano Beef Pretzel (Php 185) and Oriental Latte smallest size (Php 150)
The Cinnamon Sugar and Cream Cheese Special Pretzels were nice and crispy on the outside, but is deceivingly fluffy on the inside. The Hot Italiano Beef Pretzel was similar in that regard, but its flavors were completely different with flavorful chunks of beef, hot slices of jalapeño, and a cheese pull to die for.
One of the beauties of Tom N Toms is that it creates a homey-vibe. From the wooden tables to the mesmerizing walls and relaxing lights, it is not a surprise that people from all over the world are abuzz about it. Not to mention the freedom that customers are given with the flexible facilities found inside.
Tom N Toms is complete with air-conditioning, comfortable chairs, sturdy tables, and several sockets on the walls both on the first and second floor. Around August, Tom N Toms will be open 24 hours with free WIFI! There is also a separate room on the 2nd Floor with a 10-person capacity that can be rented out for 3 hours with a minimum consumable fee of Php2000.
Apart from the excellent food and service, sinking into the comfortable leather seats and being able to fully charge my device was also a treat. I had a comfortable stay all throughout without a single complaint.
Room available for rent 3hrs for minimum of Php2000 purchase
With its good food and ambiance, Tom N Toms is suitable for dates, study sessions, or even meetings. For pulling all-nighters, 24-hour access with free WIFI is provided. For more formal meetings, a private room can be rented out. Tom N Toms is a place where anyone can go to and have a place to belong in. Being strategically located at the heart of Pasig, it is a second home, accessible to everyone.
Stretching its wings far from its homeland, Tom N Toms shares its versatility, comfort, and decadent food and drinks to Filipinos, one branch at a time.