Nex is yet another new glittering mall in Singapore with restaurants throughout and a food court on the top floor. You can eat in air-conditioned comfort, a welcomed respite from the unceasing heat and sun. We navigated Nex to try out Toast@Work and while I have no specific complaints, I worry that these malls will slowly dilute the street food culture and doom the Singapore food scene.
I see signs of decline, which if not quite here yet, will be shortly. Will the younger generation of Singaporeans take over their parents' stalls? Doubtful - they've got better opportunities now. Already, the better stalls have begun to clone themselves through franchising and many of the remaining have hired mainland Chinese. This all makes sense - it's a tough gig and probably doesn't pay a lot. My peanut butter toast was ok, it was buttered on one side and peanut-buttered on the other - a trick this greedy man appreciates. However, it's not as good as the Toast Box version, which itself is an approximation of the thicker, tastier street versions I've had.