[SG] The Bakery Chef | decent desserts hidden in the neighbourhoodSunday, December 22, 2013
Just right across road from Butterscotch Café, we’ve found ourselves a little gem in this otherwise sleepy neighbourhood on a weekend. Opening its doors about a month or so, we were pretty impressed by the impeccable service right upon we stepped in.
Pretty cramped inside, it’s probably better for some takeaway cakes or a small cosy company. We didn’t quite figure out what their signatures are, as they would then ask for your preferences when asked for recommendations. In the end, we settled for what our palates signalled for.
Salted Caramel Surprise ($5.80)
I was taken by its looks and it’d reminded me of Patisserie G immediately. The caramel finishing certainly wasn’t as smooth as the one we’ve had at Patisserie G, and the flavours of different layers tasted too similar that it got a little dull. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet, though it would have been better if there was a tad of saltiness to give that variance in the flavours for the adventurous taste buds. A personal preference, if only the base was a crumbly one, it would have added that contrast in textures for that complete experience! A pretty ordinary piece that’d tasted more like toffee/plain caramel; this is one that didn’t quite catch us by surprise.
You know how they say ‘don’t judge a food by its looks’? Well, this certainly lived up to it! Placed in a tray with other pastries covered with a cling wrap, it looked quite flat and unappetising. We were lucky that we’d tried it though! Toasted before serving, we loved the warm crispy top, slightly sweetened just like your usual roti-boy coffee bun crust. The almond cream inside was just as delectable as well, with a balanced fragrance of almond, yet not tasting artificial. I’ve usually avoided almond croissants for fear of that taste, but this has gotten me addicted! A worthy try for sure!
This was a bonus as I came across this cake kindly sent to us by one of our partners, wow-ing over the design before realising that it was from Bakery Chef as well! A rich layer of chocolate ganache that covers the cake, it was a hit with the chocolate lovers in my office. I found it too sweet for my liking, though the cocoa taste was good and the textures certainly went well with the creamy mousse and a crunchy layer of what seemed like hazelnut praline. A pleasant surprise to our work day indeed, and probably considering it for cake orders in future!
As I was craving for some lighter coffee, this was quite a decent cup, with just a slight bitter flavour coming through. Loved how they paired it with the sweetness of my favourite old school biscuit though!
Took a sip of it and I found it too bland for my liking. The milk kinda overpowered the coffee flavour and there wasn't much chocolate taste in it too. A tad disappointing for us!
A cosy space with warmth in their service, it's a pretty chillax one for some afternoon high tea. It's still new so relatively empty now for you to enjoy some quiet cafe time while it lasts. We've spotted some taster dessert platter on their Facebook page and checked with their staff, only to realise that they do that only for special events and announced only via Facebook. So do stay tuned if you're looking for some one-time-try-all solution!
Overall Verdict: 7.0/10
Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3711