Tiong Bahru Bakery opened their first branch in Eng Hoon Street (in Tiong Bahru of course!) and then a second in Raffles City last year. They have since won much praise for their baked goods, devised by celebrity baker Gontran Cherrier with their Croissant being described as the best in Singapore by several of those “in the know” such as Time out http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/restaurants/feature/the-citys-best-croissants#picture0. With the Raffles City Branch being open from 9am until 10pm there are plenty of opportunities to check it out, whether for a morning coffee and Croissant break or something more substantial like lunch or a lighter supper which is what I did recently.
They have a display cabinet at the counter with all manner of sandwiches, Croque Monsieurs and quiches in addition to the mouth watering fruit tarts and other cakes available but I opted for the “Savoyard” a sort of bread roll filled with chopped bacon, gruyere cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes. This is a great dish, there were generous amounts of both the bacon lardons and the gruyere inside and it was easily substantial enough to fill you up without being tempted to have one of the sweets on offer too.
My flat white was also well made (and very attractive) but the coffee didn’t have the same richness of flavour that I have experienced in Oriole/CSHH or 40 Hands. They also stock several of the San Pellegrino fruit sodas in lemon, blood orange and grapefruit (which I chose) which is a nice change from the standard coke and sprite – not to mention, more in keeping with the albeit glossy, artisan bakery feel. At $17 it is definitely not the cheapest option available, however it is far superior to Raffles City’s other coffee options of Cedele, Starbucks etc