[Udated July 2015] Talking about new cafes in Singapore, Artisan Boulangerie Co. has opened 8 branches in less than 2 years! Other than the main outlet at Killiney Road which I still regularly go to, ABC has made its way to Great World City, Asia Square, Vivocity, Metropolis, Chervon House, Katong I12 and Suntec City.
Some things you may not know about ABC: it is a homegrown bakery, Executive Chef Eran Mayer studied at the prestigious French culinary institutes École Grégoire Ferrandi and École Lenôtre, he moved his entire family to Singapore, and the flour is imported directly from a traditional flour mill outside Paris.
No preservatives, flavour enhancers, colouring or palm oil – that’s the dedication they have towards making it right.
Some may still have the impression ABC serves only bread, pastries and coffee. I remember they served brunch items such as Eggs Benedict ($19.50), Brioche French Toast ($14.00) and Big Breakfast ($18.50).
My usual order, if I am feeling in need for a healthier breakfast, is the Almond Granola ($12.00) served with generous servings of fresh fruits, and provided an enjoyable crunch of organic rolled oats, roasted almonds and sunflower seeds within.
The ABC brunch menu, served daily until 2pm, now also features Shakshouka Skillet ($16). Shakshouka Skillet! Not enough places in Singapore served baked eggs.
This is the kind of comfort food I go for when I am feeling cold (physically and metaphorically) and in need of some perk-me-ups. Two eggs baked in cumin-scented tomato sauce. Break the yolk and mix the sauces up for some oozy goodness, and dip some warm Turkish pide bread piece by piece, bite by bite. You may end up sweeping all the sauces.
I didn’t realise till recently that savoury mains such as Wagyu Burger ($24.00), Miso Salmon Fillet with creamy linguine ($22), Truffled Mushroom Risotto ($18.00), Linguine & Meatballs ($16.00) and Chicken Schnitzel ($18.00) are also available.
Their newest “star attraction” is a 250g Australian Ribeye Steak ($32.00) with black pepper sauce on the side, crispy chunky fries and a balsamic-dressed arugula salad.
It is not all the time that we would expect a bakery café to serve steaks, and therefore we initially doubted about ordering this main. The 100-day grain-finished ribeye turned out great – rich and beefy, still tender with good marbling of fat.
Typically, Artisan Boulangerie Co. attracts many Japanese female customers. (I think it’s the vibes of the place.) You almost always see them having a tart or salad. Ahhh…. The Garden Pesto ($14) came with edamame, but I liked the homemade rocket pesto with sweet cherry tomatoes as well.
If you are in search of a tai-life, the “Afternoon Delights” provides 3 pastries and 2 hot beverages at $28.00. They realized they needed three pastries to satisfy two. My personal picks would be (in this order): Lemon Tart, Chocolate éclair and New York Cheesecake, though the Fruit Crumble and Pecan Caramel are occasional favourites as well.
Artisan Boulangerie Co.
I12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road, I12 Katong mall #01-05 Singapore 428802
Tel: +65 6443 6088
Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm Daily
Killiney: 118 Killiney Road #01-01, Singapore 239555. Tel: +65 6444 8130
Opening Hours: 8 am – 10 pm Daily
Great World: Great World City #01-23, Singapore 237994. Tel: +65 6887 4062
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm Daily
Asia Square: Asia Square Tower 2 #01-02, 12 Marina View, Singapore 018961. Tel: +65 6844 9907
Opening Hours: 8 am – 10 pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 3pm (Sat)
Chevron House: 30 Raffles Place, Chevron House #01-34, Singapore 048622 Tel: +65 6533 0801.
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm Daily
Vivocity: Vivo City #01-163/164, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585 Tel: +65 6278 8500
Open Hours: 10 am to 10 pm Daily
Metropolis: The Metropolis #01-12, 9 North Buona Vista Drive Singapore 138588 Tel: +65 6334 2320
Opening Hours: 8 am – 6 pm (Mon-Fri)
*This post is brought to you in partnership with Artisan Boulangerie Co.