Distinguished local bakery & cafe known for their wide range of freshly baked classic French pastries and artisanal bread made with premium French flour and butter. Helmed by master baker Gontran Cherrier, the Tiong Bahru Bakery brand has grown to be synonymous with creations like the highly-raved signature Kouign Amann ($3.50), a buttery Breton pastry or cake available in original, chocolate, or apple flavour, as well as the famed classic Croissant ($2.50) and its Chocolate counterpart that’s regarded as the best you can find in Singapore.
Other bestselling items include the Lemon Tart, Canele and the Pandan Flan, exemplary of Cherrier’s philosophy of fusing traditional French techniques with international flavours. You can also find an interesting savoury selection such as Salmon Squid Ink Baguette, Leek & Lardon Quiche, Croque Monsieur and even a savoury version of the Kouign Amann that’s filled with garlic, complete with artisan tea and espresso-based coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters and Forty Hands.
Between the three TBB outlets operated by the Spa Esprit Group, only the cafe at Raffles City offers hot meals and inspired breakfast/brunch fare. The variety includes the wholesome Rainbow Rice Bowl ($16), the stacked and decadent PB&B Pancake Burger ($23), the healthier alternative to classic club sandwich in Smoked Coco Club Sandwich ($15) comprising of coconut, smashed avocado, marinated tofu & cashew aioli, as well as the Chocolate Croissant Pain Perdu ($16) with charred balsamic pineapple and vanilla anglaise sauce.
The original cafe at Tiong Bahru that bears a modern cafe style with old-school local coffee shop influence is particularly popular among tourists, while the outlet at Tangs Orchard spots a smaller 30-seater.