Windowsill Pies is such a pretty place, and feels like a storybook scene! Before I even go on talking about the pies which everybody is raving about, this café has such much character in its décor, without going too OTT and pretentious.
Here’s what caught my attention: a guitar in the corner, a yellow retro fridge, little toy dears and a wooden cashier board handmade by the owner. It took him 40 working days accordingly to make that board. Every spot here can be a photo opportunity, almost imaginging this to be a scene from a fairytale story like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Windowsill in the Woods located at Horne Road (near Chye Seng Huat Cafe) is where brothers Jonathan and Sean Gwee, and Chief Baker Michael Liu can finally call home – after being nomads from Pandan Valley, Takashimaya to various food stalls. You can still find Windowsill pies at Manicurious, Penny University and Artistry, but nothing beats coming to their flagship store.
A little personal history with “Baker Boy” (I call him so) Michael Liu. He once baked a cake for my birthday, I loved it so much, so so much that I went through all means to get his contact, and told him straight “I would look for you to bake my cakes when I open a shop!” Of course the Gwee brothers beat me to it (where’s my capital?), but I am still happy for them. I couldn’t have done it better.
At Windowsill, the Strawberry Lemon, Banana Almond Brittle Cognac, and the S’mores are the most popular. And I tried all three.
The S’mores pie ($8.00 per slice), filled with gooey milk chocolate pudding and sticky dark chocolate fudge, is clearly my favourite for being smoothly-chocolaty yet not being overpowering rich. There are two fluffy toasted marshmallows and home-made graham crackers placed on top. If you notice, there are some marshmallows within the pie as well, placed such that you will get a little bite of them (either the top or within) every spoonful you take. Such attention to details!
The Banana Almond Brittle Pie ($7.00 per (slice) comes a close second, all complete with sweet bananas, salty caramel and crunchy nuts for a mixture of flavors. I liked how the pies taste so three-dimensional, that every bite you take gives you a play of taste and (especially) texture, part creamy fluffy, part almond-nougat-like crunchy.
My little feedback for them was that I found some of the pies slightly too sweet for my palates, more apparently so in the top glazed layer and fruits, such as the sautéed apples in the Funny Apple Pie ($7.50). I couldn’t help gulping down water.
Some may also find the Morello Cherry Pie slightly sour, but Sean said that they didn’t believe in making that pie any less sour so that more people can enjoy it. Instead, they would rather let those who enjoy the Cherry Pie enjoy it to the fullest in the purest form.
“None of our pies can please everyone, but we do make sure that within our range of 8-9 pies, we have something for everyone.”
There are many decent cake and bread shops in Singapore, but I dare say few bake a decent pie, especially one that is not too crumbly, stays firm without being hard, fruity yet not artificial tasting, in which every taste is a surprise. Windowsill Pies got all the right ticks. And my regret now is I did not recruit Baker Boy soon enough.
78 Horne Road Singapore 209078 (Opposite Jalan Besar Stadium, 15 min walk from Lavender MRT) Tel: +65 9004 7827
Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:30pm (Tue-Thurs), 11:00am-10:30pm (Fri), 10:00am-10:30pm (Sat-Sun)