If you exist on this tiny island, then you will most probably know and have tried Tiong Bahru Bakery. Famed for his croissants and breads, this little boulangerie was opened by a French boulanger, Chef Gontran Cherrier, and it houses an array of baked goodies from classic French breads and viennoiseries, to savory sandwiches and tarts.
Just recently, this revered French celebrity baker was back on our shores and created a new lunch set menu simple but yet tantalizing enough for people who want something quick, value for money and still real tasty, especially those who are working and don't have much time to spare for lunch breaks. He also extended his repertoire of already existing goodies with new items such as his new Green Tea/Matcha Brioche with Almonds and White Chocolate as well as his Pistachio Apricot Kouign Amann, just to name a few.
Tiong Bahru Bakery is yet another successful F&B brand under the Spa Esprit group and with its new menu, I was lucky enough to be invited to taste them and write about it. Excited I was since pastry is what I do and naturally, I was thrilled to be able to sample some of Chef Gontran's new work.
We started off with the tasting of their new Panini Lunch Set that comprises of a freshly grilled Panini sandwich and house made Caesar Salad at only SGD9.90. I thought it was rather valued for money since it kept me full enough throughout the evening. The salad was fresh with bold and vibrant flavours; personally, I'm a big fan of cheese so I really loved the Parmesan in it. However if you're not a big fan of cheese, do take note to ask for it on the side or to omit completely. As for the paninis, with that crisp exterior and oozy cheese interior and 2 different fillings offered, it's hard to deny that this lunch set is good for the price you pay. Guests can choose between a classic pairing of Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese and a Bacon and Mushroom Curry filling.
Available at Raffles City and Eng Hoon Street outlets, daily from 1130am - 3pm.
The addition of these two new hot dog Viennas to the savory breads department were quite the win. I loved the Spicy Chorizo with Black Sesame Vienna Buns. Priced at SGD5.30 each, the seeds lent a lovely texture and crunch to the fluffy bread and the heat from the sausage just gave it the extra oomphf that it needed. I was taken back to my earlier days of childhood where my favorite foods consisted of my primary school chilli sausages and those simple hot dog buns from local bakeries situated by the void decks of any HDB flat so this to me was a perfect combination. The other was a simple Chicken Hot Dog with Pepper Vienna Buns also priced at SGD5.30.
Pistachio Apricot Kouign Amann, SGD4.50
Green Tea Brioche with Almonds and White Chocolate, SGD4.20
Viennoiseries! My second love after pastries. Studded with little clumps of apricot jam in between the layers of the Kouign Amann, this particular one was light and a refreshing change from the usual because of the fruity contrast from all that butter in the dough. I couldn't really taste the pistachio but all in all, it was still good. Likewise for the Matcha Brioche. Very mild tones of flavour and bitterness from the Green Tea but overall, it was still a nice change from your standard brioche. Loved the nibbed almonds in there!
If you have more of a sweet tooth like me or you're looking for a light afternoon tea set, then this new Café Gourmand set at SGD16 is most suited for you and it'll do the trick of satisfying your cravings for sweets. A varied selection hand picked by Chef Gontran himself comprises of desserts with a medley of very different flavours. This includes a mixed berry tart, a mini pear and vanilla verrine, a Canelé, and a choice of a mango and passionfruit tart, a brownie, or a coffee and walnut slice. The tarts were fresh with a tart casing still crisp that I give it a massive stamp of approval considering how some places these days serve up tarts with a soggy base. The Canelés were a little too gummy in the centre for my liking and the exterior wasn't textural enough it came across as chewy. That being said, the smell and flavour of it was quite like how it should be.
Available at Raffles City and Eng Hoon Street Outlets from Mondays to Fridays, between 3 - 6pm.
Of all the desserts, this had the most complex flavour profile because of the pistachio cream though nothing out of the ordinary. This Raspberry and Pistachio Cream Tart at SGD7.30 has a layer of almond cream and raspberry cream, lined with fresh raspberries and finished off with a rosette of Pistachio cream. The cream was slightly too gellified in texture but I suppose in Singapore's heat, it's understandable that they added a gelifiant to make it more stable.
Overall, this was a pleasant change and expansion to Tiong Bahru Bakery's current menu so keep your eyes peeled for any future additions and do head over to experience and taste these new goodies for yourself. For more images and information from the tasting, simple scroll through the thumbnail grid!
Tiong Bahru Bakery
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70 Singapore 160056
8am - 8pm, daily
65 6220 3430
#B1-11/12, Raffles City SC, Singapore 179103
9am - 10pm, daily
65 6333 4160
L1-16B, Tangs Orchard, Singapore 238864
8am to 10pm, Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun; 8am to 11pm, Fri
65 6735 3787