Does Tiong Bahru need another cafe? One could argue no, given the plethora of cafes that have opened up in this enclave in Singapore over the past few years. Unless we’re talking Tiann’s Bakery & Takeaway. I heard about Tiann’s last year when I had a friend in town and was looking for a place to catch up with her. It had literally just opened and I was curious as having read some great things about it. It’s an unassuming little bakery/cafe right opposite Tiong Bahru Market. That day we ended up at Tiong Bahru Bakery – the weather was lovely and I wanted to sit outside. Plus I thought it would be an easier find for my friend Clem (a current New Yorker) who didn’t have a local SIM card and would be walking over from Tiong Bahru Plaza.
I’m not someone who needs to eat gluten free. But if it’s available I’ll eat it. Since that day, I had in the back of my mind that the next time I was in the ‘Ru I would drop in and check out their goods. That day arrived when another girlfriend from Hong Kong was in town.
The coffee was amazing and that chocolate thing there you see below – that was the yummiest thing. Julie and I shared it but I secretly wish we had ordered one each. It was like a fudge muffin – sort of dense but light and airy at the same time. With a burst of fresh, tangy passionfruit curd inside.
The simple, light-filled bakery had a variety of gluten-free baked things in the display – all yummy looking.
And even an ice cream bar!
The bakery also stocks fair trade items and other bits and bobs, but what I don’t understand (and I should have asked) is why they serve their baked goods on disposable plates with disposable cutlery? I suspect it’s biodegradeable but even so, I really should’ve asked and didn’t think to at the time.
The staff are friendly and I will definitely be going back for their coffee and to try their other baked treats (sticky date pudding and almond citrus pound!).
Tiann’s Bakery & Takeaway, Tiong Bahru
71 Seng Poh Road, #01-35 Singapore 160071 | Tel: +6562221369 | Open: 8.30am – 5.30pm