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iBake | A Prima Bakery Cafe @ The Star Vista

Homegrown fresh concept bakery café- iBake by Prima is a full-service destination bakery which is the first of its kind to offer artisanal bread made from customized Prima flour- a blend of Japanese and European flours. The produce of this unique blend is a bread of hearty crust with a light and airy textured middle.

With a fine selection of breads, pastries, pot pies and specially designed sandwiches all made on site, Singapore’s first upscale gourmet bakery is set to start a trend.

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Located at level 2 of The Star Vista, the open concept alfresco setting charms with its modern design and attention to detail. From the packaging to the cutlery, iBake distinguishes itself from other bakeries, appealing to both family and friends keen to stop by for a meal or just to do a takeaway.

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For those who wish to dine-in, there are many Gourmet Value Set Meals available from $14.90 onwards. These set meals feature a mix and match of iBake Signature creations from Starters to Main Courses and Desserts.

We started with a Seafood Chowder Pot Pie $6.80 (ala-carte)- a rustic and brimming concoction of chunky clams, prawns, mussels, potatoes, carrots and dried scallops in a base of creamy soup, served in a bread bowl. For something meaty, the Chicken Pot Pie $6.80 is equally rich and filled with succulent pieces of chicken instead.

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Bread connoisseurs will appreciate the Petite Bread Basket or Petite Pastry Basket $8.00/basket (6 pieces) which consist of an assortment of specialties such as the French Stick with Milk Cream, Gruyere Cheese, Anchovy Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat Croissant and French Croissant– all in bite-sized portions for sampling before you decide which one rocks your boat best. Our recommendation is to try it all because the most tasty and memorable ones are usually those you least expect.

MUST TRY the Anchovy Croissant!

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

Introducing one of Singapore’s newest Artisan bakeries that has just recently opened, I would like to announce that Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is my new favourite hangout and place to have brunch.

This establishment is everything you want on a chilled Saturday or Sunday out with the family or friends.

Free parking right in front of the bistro? Check.
The lovely smell of freshly baked bread and pastries when you walk in? Check.
Spacious area with various seating options? Check.
A display of baked goods for you to visually indulge in before ordering? Check.
Friendly and efficient staff to take your orders? Check.
Not too long waiting time for your food? Check.
Delicious tasting food on your table? Check.
And of course nett prices for your bill? Check.

Yes, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar has pretty much won me and my friends over in just one afternoon.

With the bakery section helmed by Head Baker Audrey Tan of Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, you know that you are definitely in for a treat where the breads and baked goods are concerned. Order an Artisan Bread Basket from the menu for $5 and you can thank me later.

Alternatively, go for any of their breakfast sets and it comes with a basket of breads as well. Our server voluntarily offered to change our Grimbergen Ambrée beer bread to a variety of breads instead so we could have a sample of everything.

The Almond Brioche, White Ciabatta, Cranberry Bread and Raisin Bread were 4 of which we tried and they were good. Simply good. Top marks to the Almond Brioche which was light, fluffy and sweet, almost like eating a sponge cake. Spread a little strawberry or orange peel jam which they provide in round glass jars, it feels almost like home as you dip a serving spoon in and load a wobbleful onto your bread and eat it with your hands. Contentment!

And ladies and gentlemen, I will now introduce to you The BEST Eggs Benedict in Singapore $18, agreed among the consensus of 4 Eggs Ben fanatics at the table. And we think that it might even beat those at Choupinette hands down. Beautifully poached eggs on white fluffy ciabatta with thick and creamy hollandaise sauce and thinly cured ham in between. This was truly a perfect Eggs Ben. All you Eggs Ben fans out there, you would not want to miss this.

Could not resist taking an egg yolk flow shot. Do not worry about the tiny size of the muffins, this dish fills you up quite easily once you have polished it off. And trust me, you will be very satisfied.

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.

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

Barely 2 months into opening, Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier has already generated much hype and waves in the media and blogging world. Touted as one of the best bakeries in Singapore at the moment, the man behind this very successful artisan bakery is none other than one of Paris’s most celebrated bakers- Gontran Cherrier. Situated right next door to The Orange Thimble, this bakery stands humbly and inconspicuously, as it fits right into the neighbourhood with its white-washed walls, light brown wooden frame borders and single swinging entrance door.

Tiong Bahru Bakery is a collaboration with Spa Esprit Group, who currently already have Forty Hands and Open Door Policy under their belt, which are also conveniently just located a few blocks away.

It is said that all the loaves, bakes and especially their signature croissants that have had everyone talking about, are baked on site using traditional French techniques which have been very meticulously adjusted and adapted for the humidity in our country so that Singaporeans are still able to enjoy the freshness and full flavours of all his bakes and pastries despite the weather!

The three of us made our way here for brunch one weekday and were lucky to find seats in the dining area which had a relatively fast turnover rate. The queues were also not as daunting as many people had described and moved along pretty quickly. We were soon back at our table with this white tray of two croissants, two sandwiches and one dessert tart.

Starting with the Plain Croissant at $2.50, the first thing that I was drawn to, was how beautiful and intricate the layers were. Clearly, only true skill and experienced hands in the laminating process could have produced this end result. One bite into this crescent-shaped baked dough and I was sold. It was fluffy and delicious even without a spread of butter. Additional points for the absence of the heavy after-feeling of eating a croissant because this was not oily at all and crisp on the outside without being too flaky. Definitely felt less guilty eating this one!

Baker N Cook @ Hillcrest Road

Opened by New Zealand celebrity baker and cookbook author- Dean Brettschneider, Baker N Cook joins the ranks of international bakeries such as Maison Kayser and Paul Bakery that have recently opened their flagship store in our sunny Singapore in the past few months.

Nestled among the restaurants and shops of Greenwood Ave, Baker N Cook blends in so beautifully with its surroundings at the junction of Hillcrest Road and Greendale Ave that you would almost miss it if you were not looking for it.

This artisan bakery/foodstore/cafe displays its wide variety of pastries, breads, pies and cakes on the counters, tempting you even before you walk through the glass doors. Freshly baked croissants, meringues and muffins are just some of many goods offered as part of their handcrafted signature range amongst others which include jams, chutney and granola which are packaged for easy takeaways. Get ready for a carb-laden morning/afternoon when you get here because you will definitely be spoilt for choice!

Between the four of us, we first ordered the Pain Au Chocolat $3.10 which was crisp, buttery and well-flaked. Unfortunately, being a chocolate croissant, I would have appreciated a little bit more chocolate inside and it would have been perfect if this was served still warm from the oven.