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Plentyfull Bakery & Deli, Great World: “I’ll have an enduring longing for Oma’s Bubur Ayam.”

Last Updated: December 14, 2020

Written by Wani

As another bites the dust—in this case, Plentyfull at Millenia Walk—it also has arisen in the wake of a pandemic. Its new, cosier home at Great World marks a rebrand as Plentyfull Bakery & Deli and although the menu takes a slightly different route, its mantra remains true.

Putting a clean, wholesome spin on its menu, the offerings at Plentyfull befit any meal of the day, be it a hefty appetite or a quick, casual catch-up. Everything’s made from scratch, minimal fluff, and a truckload of love and intention. What most people will notice is the new range of artisanal bread and pastries that are available for takeaway—which you will be tempted to, I’m sure.

What I tried

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As a Southeast Asian through and through, it surprises some that I’m not really taken by rice. Sure, I can manage a bowl or two in a week, but hand me fluffy bread and potatoes, and I’m content. Hence, you can imagine the joy on my face when staring down a plate of Hand Stacked Potato Tots (S$11.90), married with a side of smoked cheese & onion dip.

Laboriously created, you might want to refrain from popping these too fast—it proved to be a challenging act of self-restraint. They have an immaculate crisp shell which, when bitten into, reveals an airy middle; all the makings of the perfect fried potato.

The tots are adequately seasoned that I almost neglect the dip, but the combination makes this side dish indispensable.

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How many places can count off your fingers serve corned beef sandwiches? A larder staple in many Asian households, Plentyfull’s Corned Beef & Jalapeno Sandwich (S$15.90) takes a nostalgic mass product and revitalises it to become a hearty bite.

Seared on the grill to contain the middle, the sandwich makes for a dense delivery of salty savouriness intermingled with a tangy spiciness. The corned beef slices rip apart effortless between my teeth and momentarily, I think back to the last time I enjoyed corn beef this much—’twas too long ago.

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Speaking of nostalgia, take a trip down memory lane with Oma’s Bubur Ayam (S$12.90). Essentially a familiar embrace in every spoonful, this rendition of Indonesian porridge is modernised with the use of Japanese Kokuho rice and organic onsen egg.

A generous sprinkle of crispies distracts the palate from the humdrum of silky porridge—not that the velvety texture is unwelcome. The bowl is punctuated by herbaceous shreds of ginger and tied all together with supple chicken roulade pucks. Be sure to stir in their exceptionally fiery housemade sambal for an exciting meal, as well. I have a hunch I’ll have an enduring longing for this memorable dish.

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Unique to Plentyfull’s pastries is Baklava (S$5.50), which almost seems buried in pistachios. The overwhelming presence of these notoriously handsome nuts doesn’t diminish the undeniable flakiness of the croissant. Rip the pastry apart and you’ll see that every fold is precise, with the pistachios only enhancing this timeless baked good.

One thing that stands out is the mellow sweetness; most flavoured croissants are stripped of their delicate nature once they’re tainted with additional toppings.

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Now, most won’t give a second thought to a bakery’s cookies (S$2.20 each), but believe me when I say I brought these home, and still have stubbornly refused to eat them quickly. With just the right balance of chewy and crumbly, their doughy nature had me eagerly planning my return.

I’m definitely a dessert queen, and if nothing else at Plentyfull wins you over, these damn cookies will—I’d bet on it.

Final thoughts

I’d already loved and admired what Plentyfull did in their Millenia Walk kitchen, so I visited their new crib with unapologetic bias. Thankful that their impeccable food standards have remained, their menu is leaner and still, with the same wholesome soul. With no time for sub-par ingredients and investing pride in creating recipes from a clean slate, this is one cafe that encapsulates the spirit of clean eating.

It’s hard to find fault in something you love—hence the term ‘love is blind’—but here, it rings oh-so-true. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Plentyfull yet, it’s high-time to—and I hope you’ll fall in love as hard as I have.

Expected Damage: S$12 – S$16 per pax

Price: $ $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Plentyfull Bakery & Deli

1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, #B1-K119, Singapore 237994

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Our Rating 4/5

Plentyfull Bakery & Deli

1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, #B1-K119, Singapore 237994

Telephone: +65 6721 9952
Operating Hours: 9am - 8pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 6721 9952

Operating Hours: 9am - 8pm (Daily)
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