Two Bakers – Café At Horne Road Hits The Sweet Spot
Two Bakers is actually a bakery café owned by 3 girl friends. Bakers Kristl and Erica met in Paris while pursuing their Le Cordon Bleu adventure of learning French pastries. Erica hit it off with ex-colleague Jessica who had a passion for cooking.
They came together to live a dream, with the setting up of Two Bakers at Horne Road – the Jalan Besar café hotspot. Many, many people I know want to set up a café selling good pastries and coffee, but few actually become successful.
The three girls remind me of the three guys from Les Patisseries – they all had a plan, they all had some experience, and they all set up a bakery café who seems promising.
I must qualify that it is impossible to visit all the new cafes in Singapore, in which some homework is done to pick those that either appeals to me. Or I think can have a real stake of survival in this competitive market.
Two Bakers has a bit of both.
Their bakes were quite appealing, with signatures being Carrot Cake, Key Lime Tart ($6.80), Salted Caramel Éclair ($5.00) and Profiteroles ($5.00). The girls also look into presenting new pastries every few months, based on season and themes.
Coffee’s a Chakra Espresso Blend from Stranger’s Reunion.
I liked both the Framboise Delight ($8) – a light raspberry mousse surrounding a sweet raspberry compote and paired with lady finger sponge and a splash of Cointreau, and Fruit Tart ($6.80) – a Mango Tart with fresh mango pieces and blueberries sitting on a bed of pastry cream and encased in a buttery sable tart shell.
The Framboise was pretty, smooth and delicate-tasting, perhaps marred by a soft mushy base, while the Tart in contrast could taste better with a less rigid shell.
(Hope I am not pin-pointing at anyone) In comparison, the savouries were slightly weaker than the sweets in execution.
The TB Champion Breakfast ($15) could do with creamier eggs, more sautéed mushrooms, and sausage which should be properly defrosted. But this could be because of new shop jitters, for them to get into the hang of things. (Sent them some feedback, and they seemed to have worked on it.)
There are going to be some interesting variations. For example, they turned a family recipe of ‘tau you bak’ into a pulled pork sandwich ($13.80), and incorporated their love of luncheon meat into an local version of Croque Madame named “Croque Ah Ma” ($12.80).
Two Bakers is not without its imperfections, but its passion and sincere service overrides that. In time to come, my opinion is that the Two Bakers and One Cook can pull it off.
88 Horne Road Singapore 209083
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Tues
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