River Valley which is an area popular with the expat community, seems to be bustling with cafes of late such as Little Farms Café, Grace Espresso, Kura, and Starter Lab which is a short walk away at Havelock Road.
For those craving for some fresh bakes of Buttery Croissants, Baguettes and Basque Burnt Cheesecake, you will be thrilled to know that there is a new and unknown (for now) French bakery LR Boulangerie at Valley Point (right next to Little Farms Café).
Besides serving their own coffee beans that are roasted in-house by Coffee Plus, LR Boulangerie offers a selection of bakes, mainly French-style breads and pastries, including cute and Instagram-worthy ones.
I am referring to the bear or bunny shaped Financier ($3), which are a big-hit with the children who accompanied their parents wishing to buy other things.
The space is not that big though, mainly for takeaways with limited seating area of a total of 4 high stools.
If you need your breads of the day, they include Traditional Baguette ($4.50), Whole Wheat Figs ($6), Cranberry Cheese Balls ($3.50) Mini Crispy Baguette ($3.50) and Little Blueberry Cheese Bun ($3.50).
Sweet treats include Burnt Cheesecake ($12.80), Tiramisu ($9.80), New York Cheese Cake ($7.80) and Croque ($4.20) piped with vanilla custard, though they rotate depending on the time of the day.
I had the New York Cheese Cake ($7.80) which is smooth; velvety and creamy, not as dense as I expected (in a good way).
It came with a cookie base beneath that adds some crunch to the entire texture, with slight hint of citrus-ness due to lemon added making it more refreshing.
The Croque ($4.20) was a multilayered, laminated sweet Danish pastry with crispy and flaky exterior crust piped with vanilla custard and topped with strawberries, blueberries and green grapes.
The vanilla custard was light and non-overwhelming, complemented by the sweetness from the pastry crust and the fruits.
It is worthy to wait for their freshly-baked Croissants, who would probably be snapped out not long after they are out from the oven.
Compared to some others which are generally either fluffy or dense, these were light and crisp, of buttery layers and remarkably flaky texture.
(However, online reviews seem to be fairly mixed, though I did have good ones after two anonymous visits.)
Coffee beans are roasted and supplied by Coffee Plus, their sister company, using single origin from El Salvador (starts from $4 for 3oz espresso), extra espresso shot (+$1), Soy and Oat Milk (+$1).
For serious coffee drinkers, hand pour coffee (Hot $7/ Cold $8) using Ethiopia, Indonesia and Brazil coffee beans are available as an option.
As the bakes at LR Boulangerie are limited in selections and quantity in their initial stage, I will suggest to head there early as there was only a limited selection of bakes left on the display during my visit on a weekday afternoon.
491 River Valley Road, Valley Point #01-02, Singapore 248371
Opening Hours: 9am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)