The humble bakery offers 20 seats for dine-in customers, and a menu focusing on mainly sandwiches and pastries.
Madu means “honey” in Indonesian language, which symbolises the sweet treats you can find at Madu the Bakery.
While the cafe may open at 10am, not all the items are available then and I will recommend only heading there around noontime when all their pastries are displayed on the shelves.
Signature items include the savoury buns that come in 3 different flavours: Classic Garlic ($5.50), Umami Mushroom ($6) and Mentaiko ($6.50).
Following the once viral Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread trend, different fillings such as mentaiko and mushroom are added into the brioche buns.
The Mentaiko Bun ($6.50) was pillowy soft and fluffy, in contrast to the creamy mentaiko (salted cod roe) cream and crunchy tobiko (flying fish roe) added.
The slightly savoury, salty and spicy flavour of the mentaiko was nicely balanced by the sweetened brioche, and could be pretty addictive on its own.
For a more filing option, 3 different sandwiches are offered here: Nori Jambon ($14.90), Apple Brie Parma ($15.90) and Cereal Prawn Croissant ($11.90).
Diners can also look forward to other pastries such as Strawberry Danish ($5.80), Azuki Butter ($3), Croissant ($3), Pain au Chocolat ($4.20) and Kouign Amann ($4) which are all reasonably priced.
2 desserts are on display, namely Bola Keju ($6) and Espresso Pistachio ($9.90).
The former is a classic Indonesian dessert, which means “cheese cake”. Made up of fluffy vanilla sponge which is light and airy, complemented by alternating layers of bourbon vanilla and cheddar cheese.
Dig into all the layers and experience the burst of flavours, with a combination of savoury cheddar cheese and sweet vanilla sponge that is light and non-overpowering.
Both espresso-based drinks and non-espresso options can be found on their menu at a reasonable pricing.
The usual Long Black ($4), White ($5), Mocha ($5.50) are mainstays whereas other interesting selection includes Coconut Cafe Latte ($5.50) and Yuzu Espresso Tonic ($6.50).
My cup of Flat White ($5) has a medium body, smooth with chocolates and berries notes.
I am glad that Madu Bakery has some interesting offerings on their menu which sets them apart from many bakeries.
Madu the Bakery
421 Race Course Road, Singapore 218668
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.