I’ve first heard of Meet and Melt when they started off as a humble neighborhood cafe in Tampines. Their lava toasts, inspired by Bangkok’s Code cafe (I suppose) made its breakthrough on social media and that was also why they’ve caught my attention. However, I’ve never made my way down because Tampines, despite having lived in the neighborhood for 20 years, it’s now a foreign place to me.
I was pretty glad that Meet and Melt decided to open another outlet at a more accessible location, and very aptly at SCAPE, because that’s where all the cool kids congregate, right? I don’t know man. Don’t personally fancy that place because too many youths, and I’m old liao.
Having tried and almost tired of dessert toasts from Bangkok, such as the likes of the shibuya toasts from After You, Salted Egg and Thai Milk Tea lava toasts from Code Cafe, as well as some replicas from Singapore’s cafes, Meet and Melt sparked my interest by launching the FIRST EVER savory lava toasts. Wow. Not too sure if I should feel intrigued or turned off, really.
First up, it was the.. Guess what.
1. Curry Lava Toast with Coconut ice cream ($14.90)
Well.. I wish it tasted better than I thought it would be, but the combination of something like curry and ice cream was just wrong. It’s like cognitive dissonance, man. I’m usually a sucker for quirky food but this was just on another level of weird.
I can’t deny that the toast and the curry itself was pretty good, like the golden pillow thingy, but it was just curry and potato and the slightly sweet toast. Not too shabby, honestly, but NO ice cream please, not even coconut ice cream!
2. Mentaiko Toast ($14.90)
Mentaiko anything gets me excited but I never had a mentaiko toast before! Wow. This one just blew it out of the park. In stark contrast with its savory curry counterpart, this very toast got me going after it – cube after cube.
I simply loved the lightly torched mentaiko sauce which added a level of umami to the slightly sweet yet crisp toast. One thing impressive about Meet and Melt’s toasts is the fact that they stay crisp and buttery throughout the meal and photography! So darn good, I could even stomach the salted caramel scoop of ice cream with this toast. Loved it thoroughly. That sweet, savory, umami combination had me raving over it.
Besides their savory toasts, they do also have their repertoire of dessert toasts such as that of salted egg yolk, matcha and thai milk tea! Now, I don’t think we should be worried about not being able to find desserts after our meals in town!
I was surprised to find Meet and Melt being so empty despite them serving such a crowd favorite dessert and with such a good location – right smack in the middle of SCAPE. I would think of them as a dessert place, and perhaps the crowds do come in only after meal hours. I’d definitely keep them in mind whenever I’m in town and craving for some ice cream and desserts, because seriously, it’s quite tough to find great tasting thick toast in Singapore, and I particularly liked theirs. It was crisp on the outside, fluffy within and with a generously buttery. Mmm.. I love.
I really like how they are also constantly tweaking their recipe to satisfy the masses, and also staying consistent. Their thick toasts have definitely melted my heart.
But no curry and ice cream please.
How to get there?
2 Orchard Link #02-33/34
Daily: 1 pm to 10pm