Not to be confused with Henri Charpentier, HENRI is opened by the folks behind Bread & Hearth and wholesale bread supplier Sourdough Factory.
While Bread and Hearth focuses on European styled bread and pastries, HENRI on the other hand specialises in French-style artisanal bakes, all using imported flour and ingredients.
Take a sneak peek through the kitchen glass windows if you ever past by in the morning and you can witness the pastry chefs in action, preparing the dough and laminating each and every croissants and pastry.
The interior is has a deep, mellow and earthly touch, fully decked in solid mahogany wood with a classic French style in their interior, equipped with French vintage canvas on the walls.
Their bakery section starts from 8am to 4pm daily, with 2 tables indoors and 6 pets-friendly outdoor seating space for dining in.
The remaining 20-seaters space indoors will only open for Lunch (12pm to 3pm) and Dinner (6pm to 10pm) services.
A wide assortment of Viennoiseries and pastries are available on the shelves; From classic Croissant ($3.50) to Raisin Roll ($3.80), Pecan Cranberries ($3.50), Chocolate Twist ($4.20), Almond Croissant ($4.50), Butterhorn ($3.70), Cheese Danish ($3.90), Chocolate Chip Cookie ($3.50) and Quiche ($7.50).
My favourite was the Cheese Danish ($3.90), with in-house cream cheese that is light and slightly sweetened with a smooth texture stuffed within the crispy, flaky and buttery crust.
Unlike the usual eclairs that are made using chop puff pastry, HENRI offers Baker Eclairs made from croissant dough.
Available in Strawberry with Rhubarb Danish ($3.80) and Chocolate Caramel ($3.80), the Baker Eclairs have flattened laminated layers of croissant dough with different fillings on top.
The Baker Eclair Chocolate Caramel ($3.80) has a subtle sweetness to it, well balanced by the earthly and more mellow flavours from the chocolate though the textures are slightly more dense.
Using their in-house roasted coffee beans for their espresso-passed drinks, their price are considered oil the higher side, start from $5 for a cup of espresso, Cappuccino ($6), Cafe Au Lait ($6), Macchiato ($6), Americano ($6) with additional $2 for iced drinks.
Do not expect latte art for your drinks, whereas my Iced Latte ($8) was decently smooth with chocolate and nutty tones.
Opened from 8am daily, HENRI will be a convenient spot to pick up fresh bakes and pastries before starting the day.
48 Pekin St, #01-01, Singapore 048778
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.