Unlazy Weekends: The Bread Shop

Before I continue with my post today, here’s a little community announcement:

Blogger/Baker extraordinaire, Fat Boy Bakes will be conducting his virgin baking class this coming Saturday, 22 August 2009 at The Cooking House in Desa Sri Hartamas. Class is from 10am-2pm. He will be imparting some of his popular recipes like the gorgeous Red Velvet cake. To book yourself in the class, click HERE.

I’ve already signed up. Come join me as I sacrifice a lazy Saturday to see Ah Pa in action. Plus, I might just be able to finally bake and start alilfatmonkeybakestoo* ;)

Now, on with the post!

*credit to Su for her original joke idea from our seafood dinner!


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It’s true that not all weekends were made equal. As much as I love to sleep in, there are those impossible Saturdays where your best friend threatens to slit your throat open should you refuse her offer to go for an early breakfast (not brunch!). All that drama is so that she can actually send her car in for repairs. Given any regular weekends, she’ll be waking up way after lunch herself. Pfffphhh!

One of those happened to be last Saturday.

The initial plan was to have pancakes at Pink Sage. But, since she was running late (no surprise there), we decided not to go into town and head for somewhere closer. I remembered reading on Masak-Masak about a new cafe-in-a-bakery-in-an-architect-firm that has just opened right next to the original Decanter at Bukit Damansara. So we gave it a go.

The smell of freshly bakes filled the air outside the shophouse. Memories of my University days and waking up to fresh breads came rushing back. Even from the outside, this bakery looked cool. Not only do we love breads, we are both also avid fans of modern architecture/interior (you know, the ones with clean lines and have a raw unfinished look to it). We wide-eyed like Hänsel & Gretel when they found the gingerbread house. At that point, bestie just looked over and decided that she wanted her newly-renovated home to look just like the bakery.

Now, it takes a lot of guts for a place to call itself THE bread shop. Your bread has better be THE best. And I’m please to say that they didn’t fall short from expectations. We love a good bun any time. Be it white, wholemeal, baguette, croissant, danish and whatever fancy European sounding name you can think of – we love a bakery that serves a healthy selection, and this place does. All laid out nicely in the showcase with cute little signs. You won’t get confused here. Only tempted to try everything.

Unfortunately for me, I’m not one with a huge appetite this early in the morning. Guess my stomach loves sleeping in too. While Lis went for the Chocolate Bun (RM 2.80), I chose something interesting, a Bananascotch Danish (RM4.80). Actually, anything with banana in it will just pique my interest. The choc bun had a nice chocolaty taste to it (duh!), but it was too dense for our liking. We like em’ soft and fluffy. However, we absolutely adored the Bananascotch Danish! Think of it like a Banoffee Pie, only with pastry. Imagine warm sliced bananas over a layer of butterscotch and wrapped within a cage-liked puff pastry. Some of the butterscotch even spilled out when the danish was sliced. Too bad I wasn’t able to capture a nice shot to show you. My fingers were sticky. Go try one for yourselves.

Apart from what’s displayed out, there’s also a small selection from the menu. From it we ordered the Tomato & Basil Dip (RM 7.80) which came with a choice of 2 slices of bread or 4 slices of baguette. Toasted of course. The simplicity of this dish is what makes it beautiful – plum juicy tomato bits infused with the sweet blissful scent of the basil.

All these bread goes down really well with a nice cuppa Latte and Hot Chocolate (both at RM6.80 each) – now that’s a complete brekkie. The entire bill turned out to be quite affordable considering the neighbourhood that the bakery’s in. Helps when I don’t have to get the bill. Thanks Lis!

You can choose to eat-in on one of the four high wooden tables or cement finished bar-tops on the side; or simply bring them hot buns home in a brown paperbag (they individually brand their bags with a stamp by hand!). Speaking of brown bags, on the way out I bought a Cinnamon Swirl (RM3.80) to go. Just.Couldn’t.Resist. And how did that tasted? If you’re like me and love your swirls with a generous amount of butter, a heavy dose of cinnamon, not too sweet and flaky – then this is THE cinnamon swirl to have in this part of town. In fact, it should be renamed SIN-namon swirl.


The Bread Shop
#11 Jalan Setiakasih 5
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2093-8734

16 Responses to Unlazy Weekends: The Bread Shop
  1. thenomadGourmand
    August 19, 2009 | 12:55 am

    arghhh.. The bread whore in me is asking me to leave the office this very instant for mahh roti fix!!
    Your fault!!

    And totally agree, very reasonable prices for the quality i see!

  2. Nic (KHKL)
    August 19, 2009 | 1:01 am

    i like the fact that the shop smells like bread when i opened the door. so blardy appetising! haha! dude, u must check out the sausage bun. good stuff. oh, and tar pau some sunflower seed buns. so light and delish. RM1.80 only, i think. *missing kl*

  3. CUMI & CIKI
    August 19, 2009 | 2:27 am

    hahha.. sinnamon roll.. i like!

  4. J
    August 19, 2009 | 2:47 am

    Mmmmm…. Such tempting looking buns! :)

  5. thule a.k.a leo
    August 19, 2009 | 2:54 am

    of course you like everything to do with bananas… you munkey.. lol!!!
    I remember reading it in masak-masak's blog as well… quite near to my house, so maybe it's time to check it out this weekend!!!

  6. Life for Beginners
    August 19, 2009 | 3:03 am

    For some reason I read this and went, OOH – a bread-kery!


    (Okay, totally inane comment but it WAS the first thing to pop in my mind.)

  7. fatboybakes
    August 19, 2009 | 4:52 am

    chis, but a stone's throw away and you didnt think of calling yer old man! hahah. thanks for the comm service announcement. DREAD…YOU'LL BE IN THE CLASS??? STREESSSSSSS!

  8. Lyrical Lemongrass
    August 19, 2009 | 5:31 am

    Can't wait to see your cartoon on FBB's first baking class, BFF!

    Btw, do they serve savories at this place?

  9. J2Kfm
    August 19, 2009 | 2:31 pm

    haha, the fatgirlbakestoo joke? :)

    i'll be anticipating your post on the class.

  10. qwazymonkey
    August 19, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    TNG: Bread whore? LOL

    Nic: Yeah man, I'm totally loving this place. Will get some seeds there the next time

    C&C: U should try it.

    J: Doncha just wanna bring em all home? I was tempted

    Thule: Why of cors. Bwahnana's the shit man! Bring your family. It's quite a nice family place.

    LFB: U know, that's a nice name for a new bakery. Maybe when alilfatmonkeybakestoo, we can start breadkery.

    FBB: U know us kids. Need to hang out with kids our own age. Must have own lives one. So can't have you hanging around all the time mah. Don't worry, I'll hang out with you after class k?

    LL: Yeah yeah, can't wait to see what I'll do too! BTW they do serve savouries. It's well separated. Salties on one side and sweets on the other. Think there were sausage cheese and some mushroom thingy that caught my eyes.

    J2Kfm: Aiyo stress only lah. Maybe my hands will be too tied up with the actual baking process.

  11. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    August 20, 2009 | 2:00 am

    yummm what nice sweet buns..

    tell me abt having to wake up early saturday mornings..torture i tell ya!!

  12. UnkaLeong
    August 20, 2009 | 2:26 am

    *sigh* Adds another breadshop to the to do list..And yes she is a bread whore :P The dip looks tasty!

  13. Su-Yin -Décorateur
    August 20, 2009 | 2:49 am

    hehe it only works when it's a fat girl baking too :( :P hahaha
    See ya soon for lunch yaH!
    Feeed u a bananaaa

  14. thule a.k.a leo
    August 20, 2009 | 4:15 am

    the lure of bananas sure will prove irresistable to get you out of the bed :)

  15. chiselstone
    August 20, 2009 | 4:09 pm

    FBB bakes virgins?

  16. boo_licious
    August 21, 2009 | 7:11 am

    Ah, glad you love the Bread Shop – it's such a hidden gem. It's my mother's regular hangout place too now, as we get a loaf of cranberry walnut bread every wk. The butterscotch sounds divine – must try the next time we visit!