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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Afternoon Tea at Bakerz@Work Cafe at Tai Seng

605 MacPherson Road #01-18 Citimac Building, Singapore 368239
Tel: 6820 7578

Passing this bakery cum cafe by chance, I decided that a visit was mandatory. Bakerz@Work does not look like much on the outside. Furthermore, it is a hidden gem situated at an industrial area, so not many people would actually realise that yes, there IS a little cafe in operation here.

What is more interesting is that this is a retail shop selling baking ware and ingredients. They also conduct baking classes (in fact, that is the main core / gist of their business). And then they have a little gourmet area for people like me to try the ready-baked pastries. The concept here is FRESHNESS.

So, *Lara and I dropped by one afternoon, only to be dazzled by the display of delectable-looking desserts, and puzzled by what to order. The sandwiches looked good as well, adding on to the dilemma, bearing in mind that "tea time" was a cross between after-lunch and before-dinner (when fuller meals were and to be consumed).

Everything looked interesting, that was the problem - from the lemon lime cheesecake to the death by chocolate cake to the macarons and brownies etc. The price was very affordable as well, ranging between SGD$3.90 to SGD$5.90 per pastry. Hence, we decided to order 4 items to share between the two of us.

We started with the Walnut Brownies (SGD$3.90), looking rocky on the outside but tasting like chocolate silk in the mouth. I have never had brownies this fine before, and that's amongst the aromatic chocolatey flavor and delightful crunch of walnuts.

Next, the Sacher Cake (SGD$5.90), explained to us to be a Austrian dessert. Some may know it as a sacher-torte cake, invented in the 1800s by a chef apprentice at Prince Metternich's Court, and has since been the world's most famous chocolate cake.

A deceptively simple looking chocolate dessert, this cake consists of some salt and icing as well. The Sacher Cake was luscious in flavor, a little like the "salted chocolate cakes" that are so popular today; the solid and firm texture melts readily in the mouth. The icing on the cake was exactly that - the saccharine teether was a bonus for me, adding on to the pleasure of eating this original creation.

After that, we tried the Chocolate Almond Mousse Cake (SGD$3.90), a glossily-coated black beauty with a rich and velvety texture. The mousse was creamy, and thick with dark chocolate and almond ganache, allowing it to permeate the tastebuds smoothly and sweetly.

Finally, the Lemon Meringue Tart (SGD$3.90) with its buttery crust and refreshing citrusy lemon curd. The crust was a little soft for my liking - might have been lovelier if there was more crunch to it. The lemon curd was the right degree of sweet-sour blend, and using meringue (in lieu of cream) on the tart was certainly a rather innovative move. The gentle sweetness of the meringue complemented the flavor of the tart beautifully.

For beverages, *Lara settled for a hot Japanese Green Sencha (SGD$3.30) , hot Japanese green tea to be exact; whilst I tried the Coffee Mocha (SGD$5.90). My mocha was quite smooth, with pretty coffee art, but I thought the chocolate blend was not strong enough to give it the rich hint of chocolate.

Overall, this serene little cafe is worth every single cent we paid and more. Besides the delectable desserts and very reasonable prices, one could see that they put in a lot of efforts into the service, food and drinks. They do so much better than many other cafes located in town areas, and do not even charge GST. On top of that, this is a good spot for business discussion or quiet catching up sessions, away from the hustle of the city.

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