Located near Hougang and Serangoon, The Bread Rack is at Yio Chu Kang Road is the newest bakery cafe opened in that area.
Frankly speaking, I only expected it to be a small takeaway shop as their online menu only stated breads, pastries and coffee without any brunch items.
Stepping inside, I was pleasantly surprised by the huge industrial themed space with tall ceilings and a spacious compound with 20 seats.
On one an end of the cafe, the freshly baked breads and pastries were all laid out in an orderly manner at the glass counter.
Diners can choose between Baguette ($3.80), Country Loaf ($9), Seeded Sourdough ($10) and Honey Wholewheat ($10) from one rack and Butter Croissant ($4), Almond Croissant ($5), Pain Au Chocolate ($4.50) and Raisins Scroll ($4.80) on the other rack for either dine-in or takeaway.
My favourite was the Almond Croissant ($5) came with sliced almond and icing sugar as toppings, with smooth, velvety almond cream filling on the inside.
The outer layer of the croissant was crispy and flaky, whereas the inner layers and moist and creamy, giving it a good textural contrast.
The Raisins Scroll ($4.80) was a Raisin sweet roll with a flaky crust, topped with crushed pistachio.
The Danish pastry was buttery with a layer of jam within that added some sweetness to the overall combination.
Both the Butter Croissant ($4) and the Pain Au Chocolate ($4.50) were safe choices, not as buttery (and greasy) with a lighter taste but with the right texture that was perfect for a light bite.
Coffee ($4 – $6) and Tea ($4.50 – $5) are also available on their menu, that complements their bakes in store.
Using a single origin from Brazil for their espresso-based drinks, the usual items such as Double Espresso ($4), Macchiato ($4), Black ($4.50), White ($5.50) and Dulce Latte ($6) can be found.
The Dulce Latte ($6) seems interesting, made with Dulce de leche, a combination or fresh milk and sugar slowly cooked to yield the condensed milk, before drizzling over a cup of Macchiato.
The result is a cup of ’kopi’ with latte art, slightly sweeter than a cup of normal White ($5.50).
Their pastries freshly baked in house are the highlights as my cup of White ($5.50) was slightly burnt with a lingering bitterness.
The Bread Rack is a promising cafe with their selection of bakes perfect for a light breakfast.
Perhaps they can explore and expand their menu by incorporating their bakes into brunch items one day, which can be more hearty and wholesome.
The Bread Rack
9, Yio Chu Kang Road, #01-55, Space@Kovan, Singapore 545523
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.