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!
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
50490 Kuala Lumpur