Tiong Bahru Bakery

Several weeks ago, The Girlfriend and I were walking around Tiong Bahru looking for a place to eat. We chanced upon this cafe and it looked very interesting!

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It’s called the Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier.

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Don’t let the logo fool you. While it may seem like a Chinese cafe, it has absolutely nothing Chinese at all. In fact, when we walked in, we entered a wonderful world of sweet smiling breads and pastries! The smell was wonderful! The sight of all the pastries and breads on sale was just as awesome!

We went there on a Sunday at about 11am, and it was very very crowded! Fortunately, a couple was leaving as we were looking for seats. So we didn’t have to wait too long to get a table.

Haha… We kinda lost control when deciding what to eat. It was supposed to be a brunch (breakfast + lunch), so we thought it might be good if we ate a little more to last us all the way till dinner. This was what we ordered:

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Oh wow… Look at that! Awesome right?

Here’s a close-up of the croissant:

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Ok, the colour doesn’t seem very appetising. I shouldn’t have photographed it with the light coming from behind.

Anyway, the croissant was the best. It’s been more than a month (2 months maybe?), and we’re both still thinking of the croissant. It was soooo heavenly. The outside was crispy while the inside was so soft it felt like it melts in your mouth! What I loved about it was that the chef/baker put just the right amount of butter/cream. I don’t like eating croissants from many places as people tend to make it so oily your mouth feels like you’ve drank a bottle of oil after eating it. But with this croissant, it was perfect. It was buttery and creamy, and yet it was just the right amount such that it didn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth after that. Oh gosh… This was soooo good!

I can’t wait to come here again for another croissant!

We also ordered a sandwich:

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I don’t remember what it’s called. But it has prosciutto fresh leaves, and sun dried tomatoes. It was soooo good. The crust was a bit too hard, but gosh… the flavour was fantastic! I think they even added balsamic vinaigrette too! YUM!

We also order a charcoal burger!

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Yes, that’s right. The bun is BLACK – charcoal black! I guess I’m not used to eating something charcoal flavour, but I have to say… This was REALLY good. I don’t remember what was inside (I should have blogged immediately after eating). I think it was another kind of cured meat with fresh leaves. The bread was fantastic. It was so soft, it’s as if I was biting into a soft fluffy pillow! Imagine that! MMMmmm…

Here’s another pastry that we ordered:

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I don’t remember what it’s called either. But I do remember that it was awesome! It’s sweet and crispy – ok, perhaps a little too sweet for my liking, but it was very enjoyable.

And then, there’s chocolate!

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This was awesome. The chocolate was soooo soft yet rich; it was mind-blowing! I don’t know what to say except: Go! Buy and try! If you’ve never believed in goodness, eat this! You’ll may still not have faith in the goodness of humanity, but you would have tasted the all-chocolatey goodness of this pastry. It’s worth living for! =D

And what could be more perfect than to end a wonderful meal with a nice hot drink?

The Girlfriend ordered a hot chocolate:

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While I ordered a latte:

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I loved the artwork on our drinks. I’m amazed at how the staff were able to do such a good job despite the massive crowds. It’s pretty good service!

The hot chocolate was great! It’s almost as if I was drinking molten chocolate. (If you want to drink a hot chocolate that’s exactly like drinking a molten chocolate bar, go to Italy and order a Lavazza hot chocolate – now that’s REAL liquid chocolate (I’m not sure where, but I got mine from a bus station – can you imagine how amazing the ones in restaurants will taste?). I’m ranking this hot chocolate at Tiong Bahru as second to Italy’s Lavazza hot chocolate. That’s pretty good considering how I’ve not found anything like Italy’s hot chocolate ever since I tasted it.

The latte was really good too. It’s better than Starbucks! It’s real coffee with an OOMPH! Sorry Starbucks, you’re not anywhere close to this latte. Oh gosh… As I’m writing this now, I’m actually craving this latte right now. It’s so good! I still remember how it has a really nice roasted bean flavour and smell. Not too strong. It’s very subtle, but it really does a lot of wonders to the overall experience of drinking it.

I’ll definitely return to this place again soon.

If you want to try it out, the address is: 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056. Enjoy! =D