I needed G’s help for my upcoming trip to Japan, which is why I willingly pulled myself out of bed in the morning and dragged myself down to town. The worst part about waking up early – finding out that there are so few proper breakfast options in the city, namely the City Hall/Dobhy Ghaut area.
Grrr – just when you think that Singapore has too many food places
And so that’s how we ended up here. Funnily enough, despite all the early hype, I’ve never really tried Tiong Bahru Bakery. Perhaps, this is because I’m not really a dessert person, so I’m not really the type who would run from place to place looking specifically for their cakes. I do the very occasional tea time but that is super super rare.
Even for breakfasts, I actually like having substantial breakfasts, something with protein, not some sweet fluffy pastry which will most probably make me crave for even more salt after. I will take the sweet, but after I’ve had my savoury.
Anyhow, life leads you to various places. Perfect opportunity to try the hippy cafe which all the blogs I’ve read have been delicately raving about. Usually, I’m a bit more interested in things that people did not really rave about, and in this case, it was the savoury dishes.
Parma ham and cheese focaccia ($9.5) – A good substantial breakfast portion which was pretty tasty. They also have a tuna version, but I would say go for the Parma ham instead since this is more authentic.
Savoyard ($8) – Bread roll filled with gruyere cheese, bacon and tomatoes. I was really trying to figure out why this is called Savoyard. I really could not find a dish with this name on the web. After some research, the only answer I can come up with is that the name is trying to imply that this dish has Swiss/French influences, especially with the emphasis on the use of Gruyere cheese, which is of course from Switzerland. Anyway, back to the bread roll, I really liked the filling and the bread was soft as well.
Right off, for the budget conscious person, one would notice that Tiong Bahru is not cheap. It really caters to an ‘atas’ crowd and while having my meal, I was not surprised to see many many expats or businessmen have a coffee chat with their business counterparts. They do have decent baked savoury goods, but if you can find a cheaper place with the same flavours, go for it. For now, I have not had anything that I would specifically come back for again, but definitely, if you need to meet someone in the city like really really early in the morning, this is an option.
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