Carpenter & Cook @ 19 Lorong Kilat
Artisan bakery and vintage furniture shop, the little less than 2 month old Carpenter & Cook has already earned itself quite a fan base in the scene despite its not-so-central location. The shop is relatively big and almost every corner is adorned with vintage paraphernalia, from typewriters to cake stands and even an old grandmother’s trunk that is used as a ‘bench’ at the communal dining tables.
Yes, almost everything you see in the shop can be brought at a price. Definitely a unique concept going for them and with freshly baked pastries and breads everyday by Chef Shenn Sim who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu (London), you can be assured of a fine tea party at this place, with the matching decor and quirky furniture to boot.
Deenise and I had a date here on a Tuesday afternoon after hearing many good things about this place. And being the pastry and dessert fans we were, this place was definitely a must-try on the list.
We arrived at 1pm and were pleased to find many seats available. There is no food menu at this place as the daily offerings are what is on display on the pretty vintage flowery cake stands and matching rustic looking platters. And since they had only opened at 12pm, there was unfortunately not much out of the kitchen yet. The nice server informed us that more would be coming out later in the day.
So we settled on a few delectable looking items available first and waited patiently for more pastries or tarts to come out from the kitchen.
The first we tried was the Fruit Scone $4, served with clotted cream and jam. Very pretty looking and the perfect scone shape. Spreading a large dollop of cream and jam onto a half of the scone, we each took a large bite with much anticipation. To our dismay, the scone was a tad too hard and not as fluffy as we had hoped.
The Vegetarian Quiche $7 came highly recommended by the ladies at the counter and it did not disappoint. For one, I had already fallen in love with the beautiful flower-patterned china plate the quiche and side salad was plated on. The open-faced pastry crust of the quiche was nicely crisp and buttery, while the filling of cheese, onions, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes made a very tasty savory baked custard that complimented the crust very well.
We chose the Meat Brioche $6.50 because it caught our eye with the strips of bacon intertwined with the sliced mushrooms and melted cheese atop what looked to be a fluffy brioche bed. Alas, this did not taste as good as it looked. It was bland and flat and overall not very impressionable at all.
Deenise’s Cappuccino $4.80 was served in an old-school cup with a sweet cookie at the side and she did have some nice things to say about her cup of coffee so coffee lovers, keep this place in mind!
While our intention was to come in for brunch, my advice would be to come in for afternoon tea instead as the pastries and servings were small and has quite a price tag attached to it. It was definitely a fun afternoon hanging out in the shop, being surrounded by all the old school clocks, antique china and whimsical decor, sipping tea out of floral teacups. It’s almost like stepping into a different world here at C&C and first visits are certainly recommended for the experience though I would not be too sure about a second…
Check out Deenise’s post on C&C here!
19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
Tel: 6463 3648
Tuesdays – Fridays: 12pm – 10pm
Saturdays: 10am – 10pm
Sundays: 10am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays