Drips Bakery Cafe
Our Tiong Bahru food trail brought us to Drips Bakery Cafe after a rather satisfying lunch at PoTeaTo a few blocks away. A lovely walk through the old school houses that we passed by while taking the back alley lanes and short cuts for Tiong Poh Road made us feel as though we were not in modern cosmopolitan Singapore for a bit. Somehow, time seemed to slow down and with the beautiful windy breeze we had that day, it was as if we were back in the 1960s at that moment. I am really loving this indie heritage neighbourhood for all its charms and of course, their growing number of cafes, restaurants and bakeries.
Drips Bakery Cafe has been around for a while and needs no introduction. It is a quaint space with framed pictures hanging on their white washed walls, with a cosy lounge area and whimsical comfy lounge seats for you to kick back and while the afternoon away over a cuppa coffee or tea. As its name describes aptly, Drips sells a drip of everything- sandwiches, cakes, tarts, drinks and takeaways, an almost guarantee that everyone will find something they like right here.
The display counter of their mouthwatering and very visually appealing cakes and tarts first greet you when you walk through the glass doors of the cafe. It is difficult to make choices here because every single baked good is simply a work of art as pastry chef, Alfred Chan had cleverly played with the natural vibrant colours of fruits and condiments to create that final end product that is almost irresistible. So hold onto your purse strings tight! Or you will find yourself ordering everything…
The first we tried was the Cinnamon Pear Tart $7.50 that tasted as good as it looked, if not better. Chunky pear slices that were deliciously sweet, sprinkled with cinnamon spice sitting on a bed of custard and buttery crust. Loved how the overlaying gelatin seemed to tie everything together, allowing you to get a bit of pear, cinnamon and crust all in a single forkful. This was a good tart and must-try!
The Dark Chocolate Banana Tart $7.50 is one for the dark chocolate fans. While the chocolate was a little too strong and intense for me, the sweetness of the ripe sliced bananas balanced out the flavours, making it quite delightful. The dust of cocoa powder and icing sugar over the top was a lovely finish to the overall look of the tart.
I was very intrigued by the Cinnamon Egg Custard Tart $4.50 because of its over-browned top layer that had a bit of a crème brûlée-like consistency without the caramelization. I definitely eat with my eyes and so once I saw this, I knew this shortcrust pastry was coming to my table.
The custard was so smooth, milky and a little hard having sat in the fridge for quite some time. It was a nice Western twist to the good ol’ Hong Kong Dim Sum egg tarts that we are so often used to. But being an old fashioned Asian purist, I definitely prefer my egg tarts with their puff pastry and piping hot out of the oven.
And of course, the coffee drinkers in the gang had to get their shot of afternoon caffeine.
A Skinny Latte $4.80.
And a Mocha $5.50.
They were not too satisfied with their roast though and mentioned that, it was unfortunately a miss for them.
Once again, it is yet another great find in the heartlands of the Tiong Bahru estate. With so many great choices such as Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier, 40 Hands, Open Door Policy, Poteato and of course Drips Bakery Cafe, I am very envious of the residents living around here.
The tarts here at Drips are definitely praiseworthy and a cause for a second, third or even fourth visit. But I will be sure to leave some space in my tummy for the savoury items such as the gourmet sandwiches the next time I return!
82 Tiong Poh Road #01-05
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Sun–Thu: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Fri–Sat: 10.30am – 11pm
(Closed on Tue)