A Cruffin is a cross between croissant and a muffin, with a flaky texture of a croissant and flavour of a muffin.

Cruffins are said to be created by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Of course there are many versions about its origins.

And so Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has arrived in Singapore, located in a street-facing unit at Pacific Plaza, Orchard Road.

(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)

Founded by co-owner and pastry chef Aaron Caddel, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse was first established in 2014 as a humble wholesale bakery along the bustling Tenderhill district in San Francisco, before it catapulted to fame on social media over its cruffins.

The name comes from the owner’s mother’s cats by the way – one’s called Sherlock, the other Holmes.

The other interesting fact: this Singapore outpost is the only Mr Holmes Bakehouse left in the world (The previous popular SF and Seoul’s outlets have closed.)

I visited the outlet in Seoul before, and many Korean girls and couples were seen posing with pastries under the neon sign ”I got Baked in Seoul”, rather iconic for its Instagram purpose.

The Singapore outlet is decorated pretty-in-pink, with several spots indoors and outdoors for phototaking.

Over in Singapore, the menu includes Cruffins ($5.80), Donuts ($4 – $6.50), Croissants ($4 – 7.50), Danish ($7), Sweet Buns ($6), Sandwiches ($13), Salads ($16) and Beverages ($4.50 – $8).

There are 3 Cruffin flavours for now, including Mint Chocolate Chip ($5.80), Tiramisu Cream ($5.80) and a weekend special of Peanut Butter Milkshake ($5.80).

They seemed to get it right with the flakiness, fluffy inner texture and smooth creamy filling yet not artificial tasting.

Okay. My main qualm about pastries and cakes from America is the sweetness level, but this didn’t go overboard at all.

Donuts seem to be the trending instagrammable food in Singapore, and other than the plain ones, you can have fillings of Chocolate Cream ($5.80), Strawberries & Cream ($5.80) and Plum Yuzu Jam ($6.50).

Croissants which come in flavours of Matcha, Chocolate and Ham & Cheese, were slightly on the dry side, but better than the average.

Despite its initial popularity in Seoul, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse didn’t survive too long there.

Question: Is it too late for this Cruffin originators to come into Singapore?

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Singapore
9 Scotts Rd, Pacific Plaza Level 1 #01-01/02/03, Singapore 228210
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)

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