Talking about where hidden gems where “birds don’t lay eggs”, Chū and Co. may rank somewhere on the list.
Nestled within the private residential estate of Serangoon Garden, Chū and Co. is a dual-concept space featuring its bakery café arm (Chu Bakery) in the daytime and gelato lab (Chulato) at night.
It is located at Lichfield road, one of the small roads leading into the usual bustling area of Serangoon Garden circus.
I love its space for the laidback vibes – like what we usually experience from overseas outskirts.
It was like imagining myself sitting in someone’s backyard littered with misplaced furniture, while sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying fresh bakes straight from the kitchen.
For a new place, I was rather surprised to be greeted with a wide assortment of bakes and pastries.
These range from whole loaf bread, sourdough, baguette, to pound cake, brownies and cookies which left me spoilt for choice.
I randomly picked up a Salmon Rilette Brioche Bun ($7.50) which has flavourful and creamy salmon spread sandwiched in soft brioche bun.
The Lemon Cake with Olive Oil and Rosemary ($5.50) was also ‘on point’ – dense and moist with citrusy flavours, complimented with herbaceous notes from olive oil and rosemary.
I also caught attention to their Flan Parisien ($7.50), which is a less commonly seen French pastry that is like a custard pie.
Its baked custard was firm and milky smooth, coupled with crusty pie base for the flaky bite texture.
For hearty meals, there are also options such as Granola ($9), Chia Pudding ($9), Chu’s Breakfast ($15) and Mushroom Plate ($14).
My eyes were set on their Avocado Tartine ($12) which came with smashed avocado and marinated tomatoes on sourdough toast.
It was rich and luscious, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette for the tangy finish. So good and I would love to have a second serving.
Then I found out the team here are from Micro Bakery, which explains the quality of their bakes.
Come nightfall, one also can indulge in a range of unique gelato offerings in the same space.
They have a range of alcoholic gelato such as Smoked Whiskey, Sake Lemon and Sake Milk.
I was intrigued by the Sake Milk which you would initially get hit by pungent alcohol smell, followed by a sweet creamy aftertaste.
Other interesting flavours which also caught my attention were such as Strawberry Pistachio, Mandarin Basil and EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil).
The staff highly recommended the EVOO, which had a buttery and fresh grassy flavour. Not that its not nice, but I think it is an acquired flavour which I am rather indifferent to.
Only their bakery café is operational for now, watch out for their social media page for upcoming opening and operating hours for the gelato lab.
Chū and Co.
15 Litchfield Road, Singapore 556835
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.