Recently appeared on the list of New Cafes in April, Bloomsbury Bakers is one of the cafes which has brought a new life to the traditional HDB void deck. Having graduated from the famed Le Cordon Bleu London culinary school, Ann & Hui Yi have decided to open their own bakery with great passion for baking delicious cakes. This quaint little bakery is quiet most of the time which makes a good alternative to the more crowded cafes in the nearby Jalan Besar.
LOOK & FEEL
The cafe makes use of a very simple colour palette of just white and black to give a sleek and simple style to it. Though it’s a small space, the layout is comfortably spaced out to provide personal space to different groups of patrons.
What I love about this cafe is that it provides wifi and power points for laptop use, which is very generous of such a petite cake shop.
The full glass pane provides a nice view to the busy road outside, but blocks out most of the noise to give a quiet and peaceful ambience.
The jars, tins and serviette holders are also great accessories to the ordinary looking table.
FOOD & DRINKS
For a start, I ordered the Salted Caramel Walnut Cheesecake. The combination sounds great and I couldn’t resist it. Indeed, the cheesecake was outstanding and very harmonious in taste. The sweet caramel was balanced by the cheese flavour and the walnut bits and delicious biscuit base gave the cake an added crunchiness. As this is a heavier cake, it stood by me on the table for a while as I typed away on my laptop.
What is better than a coffee to go with cakes? The coffee here is machine-brewed so don’t expect any latte art or artisan taste. It was nothing special but at least they had a free mini croissant to go along too.
Later in the day, I had a try of their beautifully crafted Strawberry Shortcake. I can say that this is one of the best Strawberry Shortcake around, with this standard of fluffiness and lightness in taste! The sweetness, as well as the proportion of cream and sponge cake was just right. I would highly recommend this cake.
IN A NUTSHELL
This cafe stands out amongst the row of traditional heartland provision shops, bringing a new feel to the block. Though it may seem pricey in comparison to the budget bakeries nearby, the quality of the cakes speaks for its value. Moreover, you get friendly service from the bakers themselves, as well as a quiet environment in which you are free to use your laptop, read or just enjoy your cakes in peace.