18 June 2014

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Tiong Bahru Bakery
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-70

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-11 Raffles City

310 Orchard Road
#L1-16B Tangs Orchard


http://www.tiongbahrubakery.com/


Artisan French Bakery With Tasty Breads

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $15 per person.


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Named for its first outlet located in Tiong Bahru, in the south of Singapore, Tiong Bahru Bakery is actually a French / France style artisan bakery, founded by master baker Gontran Cherrier, operating under the Spa Esprit Group. With a wide variety of freshly baked premium qualtiy breads and pastries, and a quirky combination of Western and Asian influences, Tiong Bahru Bakery has won rave reviews from diners.

Ambience at Tiong Bahru Bakery pays homage to the Singapore Coffee Shop, with furniture resembling the wooden ones of old. A wide and bright display case lines half the store, displaying all the baked goodies available, while a coffee machine sits to the side, with its whooshing and whistling sounds.

Service at Tiong Bahru Bakery is largely self-service. There is no menu to speak off, you simply browse the display, pick out the items you want, then pay at the cashier. On occasion, staff do serve your order to the table if a short preparation time is required (mostly for drinks). Still, I find staff at Tiong Bahru Bakery to be friendly and relatively knowledgable about the breads and pastries available.

While there are no main dishes at Tiong Bahru Bakery, this is made up by the over 50 breads and pastries, freshly baked daily, ranging from savoury to sweet to staples. There are usually a range of sandwiches or burgers available as well. Portions sizes at Tiong Bahru Bakery are decent, and for a premium artisan bakery, I find prices to be relatively competitive, similar to a typical cafe elsewhere.


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The old school coffee shop feel juxtaposed with classic French bread and pastries, exude an atmosphere of France and Singapore, yet is strangly comforting.

Tiong Bahru Bakery Display


Assorted Breads 01


Assorted Breads 02


Assorted Breads 03



Said by many to be the best Croissant (SGD $2.90) in Singapore, this is light and buttery, with a crisp, flaky exterior. But as you get to the center, the Croissant gives way to a soft, chewy dough texture, making it a delight to eat. Even eaten plain, this is among the better ones!

Croissant 01


Croissant 02



Assorted Breads and Pastries line the display, making it difficult to select just one. Like the Choux Puff, Apricot Almond Tart, or Lemon Tart, all made with love.

Choux Puff


Apricot Almond Tart


Lemon Tart



The Apple Raisin Brioche (SGD $4.20) has a soft, fragrant dough, surrounding a sweet center of warm apple slices, studded with raisins. Not too overly sweet, the freshness of the apples complemented the soft, sweet dough. Very good as a dessert!

Apple Raisin Brioche 01


Apple Raisin Brioche 02



The Cereal Baguette Sandwich With Ham, Rocket Leaves, Cheese (SGD $5.30) is nicely portioned for 1, and despite its small looking size, is actually quite filling. I love that the baguette is crisp without being too hard, and has a fragrant aroma. The filling of sliced cheese, ham and rocket leaves are fresh, and complemented with a touch of tangy mustard sauce.

Cereal Baguette Sandwich With Ham, Rocket Leaves, Cheese 01


Cereal Baguette Sandwich With Ham, Rocket Leaves, Cheese 02



Get both Western style, and Singaporean style coffee here! The Mocha is rich and fragrant, with a deep chocolate flavour, while the Magic is best described as Kopi Gao (literally means 'Coffee Thick', which is a double shot coffee with condensed milk). The Latte is fragrant with medium strength, decent, but not very outstanding.

Mocha


Magic


Latte



I loved the Hot Chocolate (SGD $6.80) here! Rich and chocolately, with a deep flavour, the brew is brimming with fragrance. Loved the precise art as well!

Hot Chocolate 01


Hot Chocolate 02






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