Posts Tagged ‘Bakeries’

Pine Garden Cake Shop

Wanted to go to Grub at Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park last week, but we arrived at 2.10 and were promptly told that the restaurant closes in the afternoon from 2.30 – 5pm!! We twirled around the area a bit, found a place for lunch where I managed to find a stall selling Kuay Chap for only $3.50. Some how ended up in the Ang Mo Kio area and spied Pine Garden Cake Shop. I’ve never known the existence of Pine Garden Cake Shop until last year and I was quite surprised to find that the cake shop gets quite a following thanks to the nostalgic cakes that it sells.

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I have no idea whether the cakes that they sell are exactly the same as what they used to sell years ago. Actually, I think the cake flavours are pretty modern, even if the cakes themselves are decorated and creamed like in yesteryear. What’s for sure is that the cakes sure are darn cheap!

Pine Garden Cake Shop - Nostalgic Rainbow Cake $1.50

Nostalgic Rainbow Cake $1.50

Each slice of cake is around $1.30 – $2.50. In an era where cafes are charging double digit for their cakes, it’s nice to be able to indulge in cheap cakes without robbing the bank. What’s better is that you can have several slices if you can’t make up your mind. Is that having your cake and eating it or what?

Pine Garden Cake Shop - Lychee Martini Cake $2.50

Lychee Martini Cake $2.50

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BreadSociety by BreadTalk

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Have you heard of Bread Society? You might have seen Bread Society at Ion Orchard when walking towards the Wheelock side. Bread Society has opened another branch at the newly renovated Suntec City, and they’ve managed to snag a very prime location just outside the Esplanade MRT station, kind of near where TCC used to be.

Did you know that Bread Society is owned by BreadTalk? I had no idea until I attended the tasting session last week! And all along, I’d thought that Bread Society was some competitor after the lucrative bakery business. Bread Society focuses more on artisanal, European-styled breads whereas BreadTalk bakeries focus more on local, soft buns type products, with seasonal promo products.

Come to think of it, there may be many cafes and cake shops sprouting out all over Singapore, but there are hardly any new bakeries who have set up shop. You may not realise it but it takes way more capital investment to start a bakery as compared to a cake shop. You need huge ovens to bake all those breads, you need dough mixes, dough rollers, proofers and huge fridges. To start a cake shop, the minimum you just need is a dough mixer and oven! And after all that effort, how much can you sell the bread for? Less than $3 if it’s a bun sized thing and less than $10 for sure, if it’s some artisanal loaf.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the breads and danishes available at Bread Society. Enjoy!

Bread Society - Blueberry Croissant

Blueberry Croissant

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