Last Updated: April 16, 2020
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When I first heard about Baker’s Bench Bakery, I was honestly looking forward to visiting its minimalistic home. Its unique Build-Your-Plate brunch concept also piqued my interest enough to start mentally deciding what to have even before I had a firm date of visit in my schedule.
Unfortunately, with the ‘Circuit Breaker’ measures, my visit was to be no more, although they were utterly generous in volunteering to send over some baked goods to my place so that I’d still be able to relish in some delectable pastries while suffering from cabin fever.
They do a pretty hefty portion of Croque Monsieur (S$13), which is best heated up for a while in the oven once you reach home, before consuming. This version has two layers of bread, with smoked ham sandwiched between and a blanket of gruyere and mornay sauce, covering the top layer of sourdough bread.
It could be considered a heavy lunch, given its portion. What I enjoyed most about it was the density and generosity of ingredients; not shying away from a well-laden slice of bread. I also loved the richness of the gruyere, which proved to be not-so-cloying, especially when the bread had a pillowy soft centre surrounded by a gratifying, crumbly crust.
There’s an indescribable beauty about a plain Croissant (S$4). Its flaky exterior married with a soft, buttery core is probably one of the most satisfying food textures that I know of. Baker’s Bench Bakery’s Croissant was still crusty when it arrived, but what I was most curious about was whether its insides were lip-smackingly buttery.
And indeed it was. It needed little addition to keep me satisfied, but for kicks, I added a few swatches of Smoked Salt Bordier butter that I had as leftover in the fridge. It was the most perfect bite of foodgasm.
Their Savoury Swirl (S$4.50) was unlike any pastry I’d before. Shaped similar to a Danish pastry, this one was peppered with mozzarella shavings and laced with ample amounts of herbal butter. I actually saved this for next day’s lunch, heating it up quickly before having to juggle work and munch my way through this at the same time.
It still held up well, even when it was a day old, and its herbaceous aroma was potent in every bite. I loved the hint of pungency from the cheese, but I do understand if that’s not everyone’s thing. As for me, it made the pastry complex and I didn’t feel like I was simply eating baked dough.
Now, their Chocolate Cherry Cake (S$5) certainly shocked me with its almost-black colour. I thought it’d prove to be too rich and too much for just one person to go through even one slice. But I was pleasantly surprised with its light, fluffy, and moist disposition that I immediately regretted sharing it with my partner.
There was a sweet tartness to it that really allowed the cherries to stand out slightly more than the chocolate itself, which, to me, was a shocker. As most chocolate cakes go, we know that many of them have an overt chocolate slant that can at times prove to be easily unlikeable.
However, this certainly wasn’t, and for those who stay away from rich chocolate cakes due to fear of drowning your palate in too much cocoa, I strongly suggest you give this rendition a chance.
The name Sticky Buns (S$5) really did live up to its name, with its treacle icky-ness that smothered a handful of walnuts on top. The bread was unbeatably soft, so the crunch of walnuts really stood out. As for the syrup on top, it wasn’t as sweet as I’d imagined.
There were hints of saltiness that came in waves, so it wasn’t all sugar and no spice. I would, however, stop at just one, because the sugar rush (and crash) I went through after that certainly warranted a good afternoon’s nap.
If you’re keen in ordering from them during the ‘Circuit Breaker’ period, they do offer free delivery for addresses within their vicinity (with a minimum order of S$15), as well as free islandwide delivery if you hit S$50 or a S$10 delivery fee for minimum orders of S$35.
The bakes from Baker’s Bench Bakery were simple, straightforward and had little frills to them—and in times like these, that’s all you ask for, really. Although I do miss having my cold brew coffee in a cafe along with a delicate pastry, I’m glad places like this still offer delivery options so you can #StayHome and still enjoy your favourite cafe staples.
Expected Damage: S$5 – S$15 per pax
Our Rating: 3 / 5
Baker's Bench Bakery
6 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089820
6 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089820