Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

We were very disappointed when we first found out that the egg wholesaler shop along Eng Hoon Street was closing and moving out couple of months ago. It was the supplier for my daily protein breakfast of hardboiled eggs. However, the disappointment turned into excitement when we found out that the egg shop would be replaced by a bakery. Not just an ordinary bakery but an Artisan bakery  by Gontran Cherrier, a shaggy-haired French baker, TV chef and author, in the nostalgic Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.

We were there for breakfast on its second day of business 2 Saturdays ago. It was not as crowded then as compared to now, after it appeared on the ST Lifestyle section days later.

The bread were freshly baked in the kitchen located behind the shop along Tiong Bahru Road (Used to be Guan Hin Provisional shop). Here you would not find bread with pork floss toppings or donuts with fanciful fillings. Instead, Cherrier believes in offering very simple traditional bread with numerous flavours or a fusion twist.

It’s a charmed life to snack on croissants and pain au chocolat that were just pulled out of the oven—not to mention ones made by one of the best boulangers in Paris. Equally good was the delicious and aromatic coffee served in the bakery (from 40 hands, I supposed...)

If you like bread... good bread, you must not miss this place.

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

56 Eng Hoon Street
Singapore 160056
Tel: 6220 3430

Operating Hours:

8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed on Monday

French Artisan Bakery with laid back rustic Tiong Bahru neighbourhood as backdrop

Bakery/Cafe interior

Interesting varieties of baguette - original, multigrain, squid ink, sesame...

Signature butter croissant - so light, crisp on the outside, tender inside, and fragrant with ever-so-slightly toasted butter

Olive bread with my favourite latte

I love our Tiong Bahru estate - new F&B outlets and lifestyle shops sprouting up in the old charming estate. This is a hipster suburb where everything old is becoming new again

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