Tanjong Pagar is getting more exciting lately in terms of the new café scene.
Alice Boulangerie may sound like a takeaway bakery which is newly added to Icon Village, right opposite Cing Tea 甲文青台湾.
In fact, it is a full-fledged dine-in cafe with a spacious 30-seater space.
I liked the longitudinal layout decked in Balinese style furniture pieces and bespoke lighting which gave that warm and cosy vibes.
All the pastries are displayed on the counter located at the entrance, ranging from Focaccia ($5), Scone ($4), Danish ($5), Croissant ($4 – $7) and Cakes ($9.60).
One of their signature items is the Bi-colour Croissants ($7), coming in alternating layers of laminated croissant layers with flavours such as Pistachio Nocciola and Ispahan.
As they were made in limited quantities, they are sometimes sold out by noontime.
For savoury options, their croissants were stuffed with either Chicken Mayo ($7) or Egg Mayo ($6).
The Tropical Danish ($5) has dragonfruit, kiwi, pineapple cubes filled with custard cream in it.
Made using AOP French butter which was fragrant and buttery, it unfortunately lacked some crisp and was on the softer side.
Apart from bakes, Alice Boulangerie offers a selection of finely crafted desserts such as Ispahan ($9.60), Opera ($9.60), Pistachio Dacquoise ($9.60), Mango Cheesecake ($9.60), Carrot Cake ($9.60) and Sea Salt Chocolate Tart ($9.60).
The Ispahan ($9.60) came in the shape of a rose with bits of lychee and strawberry compote with mousse on top of a vanilla sponge.
Infused with alcohol, the mousse was light and refreshing with distinctive notes of roses and berries, similar to that of a strawberry shortcake.
All their espresso-based drinks come with double espresso shots, made from their house blend.
Their drinks menu caught my attention, with a good selection of espresso-based drinks ($3.50 – $6.50), local Kopi ($3 – $3.50) and Teh ($2.50 – $3).
Their signature drinks Banana Caramel Latte ($7) and Kopi-misu ($8) sounded like desserts.
With slices of caramelised banana on top of a milk-based espresso drink, the Banana Caramel Latte ($7) came with bits of banana toppings.
I was told to eat the caramelised banana on its own instead of dipping directly into the coffee to maintain the crispiness of the caramelised bananas.
The latte was medium bodied and smooth, on the sweeter side due to the bits of banana in it, and tasted quite like a cup of banana coffee or a slice of banoffee pie.
With a conducive space, WiFI provided and a selection of good bakes, I believe Alice Boulangerie can be a favourite spot for office workers nearby to have work meetings or a cup of coffee during their breaks.
Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St, #01-05/11, Singapore 078877
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.