What do you get when a celebrity chef comes onto the Singapore shores? Spankin’ new lunch set, tea set, and pastries, of course! Celebrity Chef Gontran Cherrier recently came by town and in mid-July, extended the already wide array of bakes available at Tiong Bakru Bakery. It is a good mix of creations I must say, as it caters to the lunch crowd, the tai-tai, and the homemakers.
Panini Lunch Set ($9.90) :: The first of the two new sets is the quick grab-bite-and-go lunch set, comprising a Panini and a bowl of freshly-tossed Caesar salad. A choice of smoked salmon + cream cheese or bacon + mushroom curry bread Panini is available, and I must say that I was rather satisfied with the quality, taking into consideration the price tag. Panini was sufficiently crisp and moist – certainly not too dry. The fillings for both options were detectable too. Both options are rather safe as well – if you like the ingredients – you like it. Nothing fanciful to suggest any possible doubts. A cheap, value for money lunch option in the central location. The set is offered at both Raffles City & Eng Hoon Street outlets, from 11.30am – 3pm daily.
Café Gourmand Set ($16) :: The second of the two sets comes onto the menu from 3pm – 6pm on weekdays, similarly only available at the Raffles City and Eng Hoon Street outlets. For a sweet tea time treat, you get (a) Mixed Berry Tart, (b) Mini Pear Vanilla Verrine, (c) Canelé and (d) Passionfruit & Mango Tart / Brownie / Coffee + Walnut Slice. I would go for the coffee + walnut slice for a more wholesome treat (ie. coffee included). I like its berry tart, an overflowing of berries sitting on the buttery tart, and the canelé, good texture and surprisingly not overly sweet. The verrine was nothing to yell about though.
While the Spicy Pork Hotdog with Black Sesame Vienna ($5.30) and Chicken Hotdog with Pepper Vienna ($5.30) were sizable hotdogs wrapped in soft, fluffy and moist bread, and that their flavours were pretty much in line with their descriptions, I thought the price was on the steep side, especially when it’s commonly seen that hotdog buns costs just $1 – $2 elsewhere.
On the other hand, you can’t find a Pistachio Apricot Kouign Amann ($4.50) as easily outside of Tiong Bahru Bakery. If you have yet to try its famed Kouign Amann, this French pastry primarily made up of bread dough, salted butter and sugar, you should. I love its crusty exterior and airy inside, slightly chewy too, and mostly very flavourful. This new flavour is a more exotic one, and I actually quite like it though these aren’t necessarily the flavours I go to on a normal day.
Other new pastries launched include the Green Tea Brioche with Almond & White Chocolate ($4.20) and Cranberry, Orange & White Chocolate Brioche ($4), both of which didn’t quite impress me. I was excited to get my hands on the former and ready to taste a green tea bread, but was greatly disappointed when the green tea was barely detectable. Similarly, the latter did not make a lasting impression as the flavours were not distinct enough and were almost all over the place for me. The texture of the bread though, for all, was good – definitely not dry and tough.
Raspberry & Pistachio Cream Tart ($7.30) :: I love their tarts, really I do. Even though they are relatively pricier, I still see myself ordering them on my next visit. I like its buttery base, with a generous number of raspberry, lending its tangy punch to the tart, and a base spread with pistachio cream; one that gives an aromatic hint of pistachio to the mouthful. A good sweet item (that could possibly be shared) to end the meal.
—> Note #1: No GST & service charge imposed.
What’s worth paying for:
Panini Lunch Set.
Café Gourmand Set.
Pistachio Apricot Kouign Amann.
Raspberry & Pistachio Cream Tart.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address (as covered): 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-11/12 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Telephone: 6333 4160
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (daily)
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