Cafe Hopper Review: Tiong Bahru Bakery@Raffles City Mall

I finally made my way to a Tiong Bahru Bakery. I have heard so much about it and people have been telling me to visit this place. I happened to be at City Hall area, waiting for my friend to go for a high tea buffet at Equinox Restaurant. That is like having a meal on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford Hotel, one of the tallest hotels in Singapore. As I was just roaming around the mall, I was excited to see Tiong Bahru Bakery in the Raffles City Mall itself. I took a minute or two to survey the place and just to make sure that this is the Tiong Bahru Bakery that people have been talking about. I am sure that writing about Tiong Bahru Bakery would be a challenge because so much have been said and commented about them. It took me a while to decide to sit down at the bakery considering that I would be having a nice spread of buffet in about an hour time.

I was rather confused about the way orders can be made there but the staff at the counter was amicable enough to explain to me how things work there. It works almost like a buffet high tea. You will go to the counter, select whatever pastries and bread you would like to have….then you proceed to the counter for payment and order of your drinks. I really like their menu on wooden blocks. They are placed on the walls of the cafe. Once you are done with the food and beverage, you will be allocated a seat. That really save you the hassle of looking for one. I sort of like the idea although it started with a little confusion.

I ordered their most basic items, Latte and Croissant. They are apparently famous for their croissant. Since I could only afford a very light snack before my big spread, I settled on the croissant to test their standard. The bakery was started by Gontran Cherrier, a fourth generation baker in the family. He is being marketed now as ‘The Man who Brought Paris to the East!” This is a pretty cool tagline…sounds like some Marco Polo expedition thingy. The poor croissant sat with me for a while, as we waited for the latte to arrive. I wanted to try the croissant with the latte. The latte came and it was like the moment of truth kind of experience. I took one bite of the croissant and trust me this is one hell of a good croissant. It is crispy on the outside and very soft in the inside. Although they are not freshly baked, the crisp remains with the bread. One bite of croissant and one sip of latte…I must say that this is one perfect couple in the cafe industry. Oh yah, and one thing about the croissant is that it is not oily at all. I love that part of ‘not oily’…especially after I have lost 15kg so far. You must be wondering hard how can I lost 15kg when I have been cafe hopping right? The secret is running I guess.

I continue the whole process…one bite of croissant and one sip of latte. In no time, I finished both items and I must say that they do just good for a pre-high tea buffet at Equinox. The rest of the items look really nice as well and appetizing. Do drop by Tiong Bahru Bakery if you may…you don’t have to go all the way to Tiong Bahru to savour the nice pastries and bread….do so right smack in the city and I am sure it is a good enough treat for your hectic day.

the gatekeeper



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