If primitive and vintage are your kind of thing, the Carpenter
and Cook has it all covered.
If a fuss free pastries-dining experience is your cuppa’ tea, the
Carpenter and Cook has it all attended.
From drooling at the antiques, to the confections, to the cutesy pieces of china, you are basically kept busy. Carpenter and Cook is an unpretentious patisserie that only sells whatever is on display. Nothing of the Eggs or other hot dishes sorts. So if you are not angmoh-fied enough to fill your stomachs with pastries, you’re better off somewhere else.
What’s safe about this cafe, after making such a long-ass trip to Upper (Ulu) Bukit Timah for a brunch / tea here, is that all its items are at least of a passable standard. They are entirely made and produced in-house for its freshness. Of the 5 pastries I had, the Chocolate Chip Scone, Almond Croissant and Valrhona Sea Salt Caramel Tart are to-orders. I heard their Quiche isn’t too bad as well, if you’re looking for a heartier meal.
(Look at those plates, damn it. Those plates are for ‘hires’ for photoshoots.)
No those fingers are surely not mine.
I’m telling you, that Fresh Mint Tea might seem the most bland and unassuming hot beverage ever, but boy is it rejuvenating, with it almost feeling restorative. Definitely one to go with the sweets. The most charming amongst the liquids (I’m referring to the creepy but adorable heart shape-faced smiley) however, tasted the most ordinary. I didn’t quite like (and it’s just about the thing I didn’t like at Carpenter and Cook) how the chocolate tasted artificial.
No GST and Service Charge here. Also here, you place your order at the counter, take a seat with the pastries and wait to be served with the drinks. Reservations are taken for groups of 6 and above on a weekday, while they only entertain walk-ins on a weekend. Parking can be a chore here though. But without a car, it’s kind of a pain to get here. So, you make the call.
Address: 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06
Telephone: 6463 3648 (Read above reservations note)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sat); 10am – 7pm (Sun); Closed on Mondays.
Photos by Kathleen.