I have stopped the notion of trying new cafes for quite a while. I am already indifferent to opening dates of new establishments. Simply because new places doesn’t mean they are good. They need time to mature and stabilise. If not I’ll always be writing bad stuffs which is not very fair to cafes owners right?
I happen to be in the area when Two Bakers when they first open doors at Horne Road. For a one week old cafe at that time, they were running almost full capacity. But it is not surprising since news of cafes opening is so readily available these days because of food bloggers. I shun away from noisy places and I hate crowds but I thought I will bookmark here for another time since I read so many positive reviews from trusted bloggers. Read here, here & here.Another time was months later, on a late Thursday afternoon. Two Bakers was almost empty that day. Just two occupied tables. I like the cozy ambience as well as the appropriate spacing in their furniture set up. I hate walking side way down the walkway to accommodate a second person or bump chairs with the diner behind because there was only so much leeway to move.
My partner peered through their glass display and gave me one of those yikes! expression. Ya, I know their desserts are not cheap compared to other cafes. I already did my research before bringing this friend of mine along and besides, I owed her quite a bit so I don’t mind buying tea that day. They have two Le Cordon Bleu Paris trained chefs so I definitely wouldn’t mind paying more for a bit more quality. I’m sure nobody likes to waste their calories on yucky desserts eh?Then again, I am already paying seven dollars for a piece of cake at most establishments. What difference would it make if I paid another extra dollar or two for something a little better and fancier. Their tarts were slightly cheaper, notably the Citron Chocolate Tart ($7.50) with its dark chocolate and lemon curd combination as well as the tangy yet mild Key Lime Tart ($6.80) had already impressed me very much.
Common flavours and ingredients, in the hands of professional bakers can make a big difference.
I know I can come back for more visits. My second trip down here was great and I love their mild and more milky coffee brew. While the Salted Caramel Éclair was expensive considering it was just one long choux pastry and I could finish it in two bites, the richness from the salted caramel rationalised my mental complains of the price.
I like the vibe of this cafe so I won’t mind making frequent trips down Lavender/ Jalan Besar area just for this place. I don’t just eat and go off. I always observe my surroundings especially if it’s a cafe space and I love how the staffs keep tables clean and neat too. No ones likes to dine at a dirty cafe right? I recommend dropping by during the early weekday evenings if you want a little more peace while sipping tea. If you’re lucky, you might just be the only diner until another guy steps in.
88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083
Tel: +65 6293 0329
Closed on Tuesdays