Unlike most other cafes that serves full size brunch menu items, Sugar Thieves focuses on their specialised craft. In this case, their pastries.
With a great variety of presentable sweet treats lined up against the glass window like a well curated dessert table, many passersby cannot help but whipped out their phones to capture an Instagram shot.
There is a certain Melbourne vibe such as natural sunlight, glass window, red-bricked walls, lots of pastries on display that adds the charm to this cosy space.
When I say “cosy”, it also means that there are limited seats here.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Australia, the owner Caleen had worked at various established bakeries such as the Black Star Pastry known for its Insta-famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake.
She then started her online baking business for a few years before settling down their central kitchen right here at Kreta Ayer.
True enough, the first dessert that caught my attention was the Strawberry Watermelon Cake ($8,90).
Other choices include Matcha Strawberry Roll ($7.90), Chai Latte Reindeer Tart ($8.90), Sticky Date Bundt ($5.50) , Coffee Frosting on Carrot Bundt Cake ($6.90) and the only savoury item Kimchi Tuna Quiche.
Coffee is provided by Habitat Coffee in the form of 250ml Cold Brew bottles: White ($6.50) and Matcha ($7).
While most matcha drinks come in the form of Matcha Latte (matcha and milk) or Military Matcha (matcha and chocolate), the Matcha Cold Brew ($7) is an uncommon combination of matcha with espresso instead, with smooth and distinctive notes of matcha and coffee in it.
My favourite is the Kimchi Tuna Quiche with a combination of sweet, savoury and spiciness in it, coupled with melted cheese on top.
The pastry is best eaten when it is hot to experience the warm, flaky crust and the flavourful and balanced fillings in it.
If you had previously tried Black Star Pastry’s Strawberry Watermelon Cake, the one at Sugar Thieves had a somewhat similar look and taste, with rosewater infused compressed watermelon that eludes a faint floral taste.
Somehow, I guess working at that famous shop pays off.
The cutest looking pastry goes to the Chai Latte Reindeer Tart ($8.90), made up of chocolate sponge, salted caramel goo and specula’s crumbs to give it a sweet and savoury taste with a crunch.
With a rotating menu every 3 months due to the seasonal produce used, we can expect more tasty bakes from Caleen and her team in the upcoming months.
BLK 333, Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-23, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Wed-Sat), Sun to Tue by appointment only
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.