Baker & Cook

Restaurants, European Bukit Timah
3 out of 5 stars
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Baker & Cook
Artisanal chain’s first bakery in the city

New Zealand celebrity baker and cookbook author Dean Brettschneider has fired up permanent ovens at a bakery-cum-café corner space in the residential enclave of Hillcrest. An all-around glass frontage protects a long communal wooden table, peek-in kitchen space, and slate-tiled counters encasing sweet and savoury breads, tarts and pastries. No more travelling to Shanghai for the 100 per cent German rye Volkorn loaf ($7.50) or the signature 18-hourproofed nutty and tangy sourdough pain au levain ($7.25); the sweet-toothed can indulge in a carrot cake or lemon tart (both $4 per slice). Breakfast, brunch and wines ($8.50 per glass) are served all day. 

Breads $3.95-$8.

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Venue name: Baker & Cook
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Address: 77 Hillcrest Road
Singapore
288951
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 7am-8pm;, Fri & Sat 7am-10pm.
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Ever since I tried Sunday Folks with my aunt 2 summers ago, Baker & Cook has been on my radar. They have a pretty impressive selection of breads, pastries and sweets, which all looked pretty authentic given we live in Singapore and I have personally not yet found a decent bakery. After browsing through the menu, I opted to go for a classic breakfast and brunch dish, the Eggs Royale.


This consisted of 2 slices of toasted Pain de Mie topped with spinach leaves, smoked salmon and 2 poached eggs. Naturally, I asked for my sauces to be placed on the side. This came in a cute trio of small side dishes - one for the Hollandaise sauce, one for the chili oil, and one for the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


I thought this was quite unique to have chili oil and olive oil and balsamic vinegar as sauces for this dish. The chili oil added a nice kick to the often average tasting dish and the balsamic vinegar in this instance was simply delicious! It had a thicker consistency than normal balsamic vinegar and I could taste that it was infused with basil. This made eating the second piece of toast more flavourful by dipping it in the dressing.


The overall dish was pretty standard - the poached eggs were done well but just slightly overcooked, as the yolk wasn't as runny. There was a good amount of smoked salmon placed on toast but I didn't like that the poached eggs were placed directly on top of them. The effect of this was the heat from the poached eggs cooking the smoked salmon and thus making it very fragile and difficult to pick up with a fork because it became too flaky. I think it would have been better if the poached eggs were placed directly on the plate, if they were going to be served so fresh and straight from cooking (because the dish really didn't take long to reach our table from when we ordered).


Following this, I decided to have a pastry because of how enticing they looked on display! I went for a Chocolate Almond Croissant. This is essentially a pain au chocolat filled with a ground almond mixture. The portion size of this was very decent for the price - it was huge and could easily have been shared between 2 people.


However, I found that the chocolate used in this pastry was far too sweet. The almond filling already tends to be quite sweet so I thought that the bitterness from the dark chocolate would balance this out but this was not the case. Normally, a pain au chocolat uses pretty dark chocolate because the sweetness comes from the puff pastry itself to balance the flavours. But I did like that it was possible to heat the pastry up, which made the almond filling and chocolate taste fresh!


In terms of service, ordering is done at the counter, seating is free to choose and the food arrives within a reasonable amount of time. It's a pretty casual café with indoor and outdoor seating and a relaxing place to come for breakfast, brunch and even afternoon tea!