The “Circuit Breaker” period in Singapore has perhaps made donuts enjoy a resurgence in popularity.
Not those ‘traditional’ ring-shaped ones, but brioche doughnuts with various exciting fillings.
It has been some wait, but Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends has opened a bakery cafe at 7 Dempsey itself. T
Previously the bakes are only available online in boxes, but you can now purchase solo pieces.
The modern Australian barbecue restaurant which is also one of “World’s 50 Best Restaurant” has also ended operations at Teck Lim Road, and has moved to a bigger unit at Dempsey. Reservations are still almost impossible to get.
Take note that Burnt Ends Bakery is only opened for four days a week, and some of the popular items can get snapped up very early in the morning (perhaps for some to earn bragging rights as well.)
You can find pastries such as Cinnamon Knots, Scones, Gruyere Cheese & Scallion Scones, Berry Tart, Cookies, and breads including Jalapeno Cheese Focaccia and their famed Sanger Buns.
Many are here for the doughnuts, coming in flavours of Lemon Meringue, Coffee, Pandan, Nutella, Vanilla Cream and Milo Dinosaur. (Note that the Lemon Meringue Doughnut contains pork-based gelatin.)
Burnt Ends Bakery prove their doughnut dough for up to 36 hours so that the texture would be fluffier.
Holding one, it was indeed light and pillow-soft, filled with velvety cream for the contrast.
While many stay away from doughnuts because they can be overly sweet, these were quite manageable and did not get too heavy.
However, to be honest, I wasn’t totally blown away considering the hype and that people were pre-ordering boxes after boxes. With that said, it was a simple-looking and tasty donut.
The pastry that left me the greater impression was the Muffin ($5). Usually, I won’t have ordered Muffins from a bakery café because I would have kind of expected the taste and outcome.
This had a texture quite unlike the usual and was incredibly soft (for a muffin), and generously filled with berries.
While there are no seats on the inside, there are some on the outer area to enjoy the cool breeze and savour the pastries you can get your hands on. Go easy on them, leave some for the next customer behind you.
Even when the store opens at 8am, the doughnut display was almost swept clean like 9am+.
To be honest, I also observed that service was rather uneven since I was in the queue for a while (friendly towards some customers, and not so towards others), but some of the staff were by-and-large helpful.
Something they probably have to look into, since it seems like quite a consistent problem looking at online reviews.
Burnt Ends Bakery
7 Dempsey Rd, 01-01, Singapore 249671
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Wed