It’s about time I blog about the all-time popular bakery. I’m sure it was the talk of the town when Spa Esprit Group announced back in 2012 that they will be collaborating with celebrity baker, Gontran Cherrier. The location I think is intentional considering that 40 Hands and Open Door Policy are run and managed by the same group. But honestly, you got to give credit to them since they manage to make Tiong Bahru more lively than ever!
Despite hearing how awesome or how overrated their and bread pastries are, I never had the chance to try their food. Every time I pass by the bakery-cafe, all I see are waves of people constantly crowding along the array of gourmet food by the glass panel. Irregardless of lunch, tea or even dinner. This place is almost always crowded and running on full capacity.
So pardon me for the delayed review for I never like my tea at crowded and noisy cafes. My ideal afternoon tea settings are almost always at a nice and quiet out spot. Better if it’s hidden from the hustle of city life but the bottom line is the place must be conducive environment for me and my tea partners to chat and even gossip a little. But no matter how much I shun away from noisy places, I knew I must come visit the famous bakery to savor their food.
After all, to experience the same crowd almost every other day since their inception more than a year ago sure must speak about their quality of food right?
It’s all about finding the perfect opportunity and I managed to walk into Tiong Bahru estate after a three hours’ hike nearby. With a couple of friends who were famished and complaining for food, why not head down to Tiong Barhu to check what’s worth eating!
I think lady luck must be watching over us when we enter the flipping doors of the shop and managed to grab a petite table for ourselves. We joined in the queue not knowing what to grab or order and if you really asked me what should you have at a celebrity bakery, I say you should try something plain and common just to see if they are really worthy of all the news generated.
Consider their Croissant ($3.20) which I think you will find common in every Parisian bakery. Crisp and flaky on the outside while the insides were evenly baked and that’s what I could say about their buttery Viennoiserie bread roll. I wouldn’t mind calling this as one of the best croissant in town but judging at the price and comparing with others, Tiong Barhu Bakery ones seems more like a luxury than a daily necessity. Don’t you agree?
Mixed Berries Tart ($8.50) was a rather unassuming piece of dessert especially when you see better looking cream cakes and lemon meringue tarts. But she’s a keeper and you won’t regret having one after knowing how sweet those fruits were.
I’ve also heard much about their squid ink bread but the one that I feel you must have at least once is their Chocolate Kouign Amann ($4.20). Equally crisp and flaky like the croissant but made more pleasurable given how rich the chocolate was. Again for a roll of bread that cost close to five bucks, this is more like a birthday treat than an everyday rush-to-work breakfast food.
I read from other bloggers that Tiong Bahru Bakery is overrated but I beg to differ. Their bread and dessert dishes speaks clearly about the effort and quality ingredients invested into baking and crafting them. Perhaps that’s why people just flock down to the bakery despite the higher than normal price tags.
Before I end off the post, do remember to try out their coffee. I think it’s on par with many other popular coffeehouses in Singapore. Don’t believe me? Pair their Cappuccino ($5.50) or Mocha ($6.80) with their gourmet food and you know I’m speaking the truth when I tell you this is a superb place for afternoon tea.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
56 Eng Hoon Street
#01-70 Singapore 160056
Tel: +65 6220 3430
Daily: 8am – 8pm (closed on Tue)