The Fabulous Baker Boy @ Viridian Art House
It is yet another great find here at The Foothills where the recently opened The Fabulous Baker Boy (TFBB) sits in The Viridian Art House. A largely al-fresco space with rustic wooden crate-like furniture and brightly coloured cushions thrown on the random sofa chairs that generally make up the facade of this place, it’s comfort dining in your flip-flops and shorts with the beautiful breeze that blows through this totally chilled and laid back scene. Coupled with the open green spaces of grass and trees all around for kids to run about as you watch them from your seat, this place is also very family friendly.
A wide selection of various beautifully created layered cakes are on display every single day and you will definitely see The Fabulous Baker Boy himself, owner- Juwanda Hassim, working his magic at the semi open concept kitchen, cutting a cake he had just baked or preparing for his next baking project. A very passionate baker who first started his business from the kitchen of his home, he has certainly come a long way since then with this cafe right here.
Cake choices include the usual hot favourites of Red Velvet and Carrot Cake, and with more exotic flavours like Salted Caramel, Spiced Apple Cake or Green Tea Praline, it is almost assured that you will be spoilt for choice especially when everything looks so decadent, delicious and lush.
Coffee lovers too can look forward to a good brew here when the barista himself, Haryanto Soemito, owner of the now defunct Pause Cafe, is on site to work his Expobar Expresso machine and pour out a decent latte art for you.
We came here on a Sunday, the only day that TFBB offers brunch and this newly opened cafe with a relatively unknown location was packed! Seems like the secret is out and everyone has flocked to the place with great food and cakes.
A starter of Garlic Fries with Truffle Aioli first arrived and while it looked quite ordinary, the strong garlic smell was indeed appetising enough to whet an appetite. These batons of golden brown fried potatoes were not oily, seasoned right with just enough garlic bits and salt and simply a winner when dipped into that truffle aioli served at the side.
Towkay Ng’s Eggs Benedict with Sauteed Spinach and Roasted Potatoes was full marks on presentation. Loved the roasted cut potatoes on the plate that were browned crisp with their skins still on and soft on the insides as well as the full bodied Hollandaise sauce. The poached eggs unfortunately were a little overdone and did not flow when we cut through it while the spinach too was quite limp with a tinge of bitterness.
The Tuna Melt on the other hand is a must order here. It is dolphin-free tuna blended with aioli, mixed with sweet relish and grain mustard sitting on baguette. The melted cheese from the baking of the baguette lent an overall creamy texture to it, complementing and contrasting the crispness of the bread. And the sliced caramelised onions were simply the icing on the cake with its sweet, deep, rich flavours that pulled out some really great tastes and textures in this seemingly simple open-faced sandwich.
The House Cottage Pie arrived piping hot straight from the oven and with the cheesy over-layer still bubbling. Spoon through that top layer for soft, mushy potatoes and chunks of beef mince cooked in country-style tomato sauce for that sweet flavour. This ramekin is a meal in itself and a very comforting warm one at that.
Moving onto the cakes…
We tried the Salted Caramel Cake that had three alternating layers of moist chocolate cake and salted caramel frosting. While the saltiness of the salted caramel was almost undetectable, the fact that we had just tasted an awfully good chocolate cake made up for it. The textures were perfect and it was not too sweet at all, making us feel a tad less sinful when we polished off the last bit of frosting!
As for the Red Velvet Cake, BEST Red Velvet Cake EVER! Moist, delicious, with subtle hints of cocoa powder, rich cream cheese frosting and the beautiful deep red colour. It is pure joy as you fork through that very fluffy cake and put a bit of those four layers into your mouth! Absolute decadence and indulgence. You are so missing out if you do not get a taste of this velvety goodness.
With beautiful rich cakes, good coffee, savory menu offerings and an excellent location to boot, The Fabulous Baker Boy certainly has the recipe for success. It is obvious that despite being open for only less than two months, its good name has already spread quite the distance with the crowds of people filling up the place.
And, as Juwanda proudly hangs as a billboard in this shop- Keep Calm and Eat Cake, I will definitely be back again to eat more cake on a weekday when it is hopefully less crowded!
70 River Valley Road #01-15
At the ‘Old’ River Valley Swimming Pool
Opp Liang Court Shopping Center and Clarke Quay
Tel : +65 66948336
Tuesday to Saturdays – 11:45 am to 09:00 pm
Weekend Brunch on Sundays – 10.00 am to 05:00 pm
Closed on Mondays