We scour the island’s cafe scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Here, Anthia Chng heads to Tiong Bahru Bakery’s Raffles City outlet to try the new dinner menu – yes, there’s much more than just coffee and pastries!
Best known for its range of French pastries and artisanal breads, the bakery, which first opened in 2012 in Tiong Bahru, has since launched two other outlets – one at TANGS Orchard and the other in Raffles City Shopping Centre. The latter is located right beside City Hall MRT station, and offers a wide range of savoury meals in a 120-seater space. While the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, it’s on the basement level of the mall so it can get pretty busy during mealtimes.
Grub on this:
Surprisingly, nothing we found on the menu felt like run-of-the-mill brunch items; we were instead treated to an array of innovative fusion creations – think pastas, burgers, and more. Start with the hand-pulled TBB flat bread ($18), a Mediterranean-inspired appetiser featuring eggplant, green olives, provolone cheese, ricotta, fresh mint, sweet chilli jam and fried herb salsa. The combination of the ingredients was superb, and the crisp flatbread made for the perfect base. Another must-try is the Rainbow Rice Bowl 2.0 ($22), a delicious medley of brown and wild rice, Romesco sauce, organic sunny-side-up egg, crispy cucumber, avocado, pea shoots, toasted almonds and chorizo. Packed full of heart-healthy ingredients, this hearty dish was hands-down a favourite.
Feeling adventurous? On the more interesting end of things is the Kim Cheesy Pancake Burger ($23), which combines kimchi pancakes, sweet bean sauce, tofu, sautéed cabbage and smoked bonito flakes. Unusual yet addictive, the flavours were nothing unfamiliar – it reminded us of a loaded-up okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake commonly found on the streets of Japan. This was another clear winner!
Another out-of-the-box creation is the PB&B Pancake Burger ($23), made of pancakes, spiced pork belly (yep, you heard it right!), salted caramel, brûlée bananas, ricotta cheese, peanuts and maple syrup. Though this was a notable attempt to infuse sweet with salty, we felt that the flavours clashed; the spiced pork belly – which was delicious on its own – wasn’t the best complement to the rest of the toppings. Still, we’d love to see another rendition in the future – using pulled pork, perhaps?
Wash it down:
The fab thing about dining here is that you can order a great coffee at any time of the day, dinner included. Our flat white ($5.20) was smooth, balanced, and even came with a pretty latte art. If you prefer something lighter, there’s a small selection of fresh juices available; It’s Pearfect ($7) features pear, green apple and celery and is a healthier alternative to a cheeky glass of red or white ($12).
What’s a visit to Tiong Bahry Bakery without trying one of the signature pastries? Crowd favourites include the crossaints (from $2.80) and kouign-amann (say “queen-a-mahn”; from $3.50). There’s a decent selection of desserts, too – a popular pick is the oh-so-refreshing lime & basil tart ($6).
Craving for more burgers?