The Place I always feel that there is so much more market in the bakery cum cafe concept in Singapore, simply due to our love for bread and cafe. The latest addition to this scene is Crown Bakery and Cafe located at the nondescript Crown Centre along Bukit Timah Road, just a few doors from Hakata-style Mizutaki restaurant Torikin. A collaboration between local Far East Floral and one of Japan’s top artisanal bakery Signifiant Signifié, Crown Bakery and Cafe is all about quality ingredients, bread and food. You can choose to takeaway the range of artisanal breads or dine in to enjoy the offerings. While the more comfortable indoor seats are limited, there are also ample tables outdoors.
The open concept kitchen is a pleasure to watch as well, as my curious eyes can’t help but take a peek at the bakers at work.
The Food Using the best ingredients from French mill wheat flour to Hokkaido Kitanokaori flour to German sourdough and French butter, this is not your typical neighbourhood bakery so expect to pay a premium for the breads. The flavours are largely Asian inspired, as its Japanese Master Baker Katsuei Shiga has more than 40 years of baking experience. I was excited to spot local inspired Hainanese Chicken Bread ($4.50) on the rack amongst the myriad of Japanese flavours, but a pity it was already sold out when I visited.
Nevertheless, I am all ready to try the Kaori Ciabatta ($4), Shizuoka Matcha Brioche ($3.20) and Earl Grey Cashew Brioche ($3). The presentation is all too pretty.
The Shizuoka Matcha Brioche is easily one of my favourite of the lot, mainly because I love matcha. That aside, the Shizuoka Matcha flavour is intense, while the texture of the bread just feels so fluffy and easy to chew, something I appreciate for breads. Much credit definitely goes to the baker and the use of Japanese wheat flour and French butter.
The Earl Grey Cashew Brioche is another must try for Earl Grey lovers, made from Earl Grey whole tea leaves to bring out the strong Earl Grey smell and taste.
Other than breads to keep you full, there are also a few cafe fares at the moment such as the Crown Breakfast ($29) platter. The symbolic crown buttery crust in the middle grabbed my attention first, then I noticed the other goodness in this platter such as the tender red wine-braised oxtail, chicken sausage, bacon and sauteed mushrooms. I will definitely recommend this for sharing so that there is still space to try the other bakes. The other brunch fares on the menu include the Queen’s Eggs Ben ($18) and Earl Pear Bread Pudding ($12), while there are plans from the management to add more items to the menu in time to come.
Rants The indoor seats are quite limited as majority of the seats are along the corridor. Brace yourself for some outdoor dining during crowded moments.
Will I return again? Overall, I am impressed with the offerings at Crown Bakery & Cafe, with its innovative flavours and attention to quality ingredients for the increasingly health conscious diners in Singapore. I need to return to try the Hainanese Chicken Bread soon.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Crown Bakery & Cafe
557 Bukit Timah Road Crown Center, #01-03
Tel: +65 6463 3066
Sunday – Thursday: 7.30am to 9.30pm
Friday– Saturday: 7.30am to 10.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter