Carpenter & Cook opens The Bakehouse at Alexandra Central, which is just next to IKEA and has Alibabar, Otoko Ramen and Toast Box as neighbours on the ground floor. The other levels are half unoccupied, the other half taken by random manicure, aesthetic and electronics shops.
Carpenter & Cook was a breath of fresh air when it first launched at Lorong Kilat, boosting a combination of whimsical English décor, vintage furniture, elegant teacups and delicious tarts.
Lorong Kilat, has itself turned into a café hopping stretch over the years.
The Bakehouse has something extra to offer, with truffle mushroom soup, wood-fired pizzas, gourmet sandwiches along with C&C signature pastries. Opened 7 days a week.
Their tarts and loaves, some of my favourites are the Passionfruit Meringue, Chocolate Sea Salt and Lemon Drizzle ($5 – $6.50), have remained quite consistent. Though I must add that several cake places have caught up and serve very decent tarts. Competition is stiff.
The Chocolate Banana Cake ($8) was an impeccable slice to go with coffee, lusciously moist, and not excessively rich or sweet. It reminded me of another brand which served a similar cake, but this tasted of better quality.
I was initially half-sceptical if the bakery café could excel in their pasta. Its Fettucine with Crab Meat, Pink Sauce and Brandy ($16) did not disappoint, surprisingly al dente and well-tossed with sauce and crab meat of generous portions.
One area to note is the ‘powerful’ aircon system, so some seats can get rather cold, and hot food should be quickly consumed.
The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook
Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road #01-14 Singapore 159971
Tel: +65 6250 0040
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun-Thurs, PH), 8am – 11pm (Fri, Sat, Eve PH)
Lorong Kilat Cafe
19 Lorong Kilat #01-06 Singapore 598120
Tel: +65 6463 3648
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues-Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun, PH), Closed Mon
Jasmine Road Takeaway
17 Jasmine Road Singapore 576585
Tel: +65 6457 1510
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tues-Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Mon
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.