Many of us are fond of what traditional bakeries would offer, but there is always the hassle of having to take them back home as usually they do not have dine-in areas for one to enjoy their coffee along with the various pastries they sell, unlike modern cafes which had been appearing everywhere of the late.
If you had passed by Upper Thomson Road in the past few months, you might have seen a red coloured shophouse that has the signboard “Bakery House Cafe” on it. This is the place that offers traditional bakes and cakes, but also has a small dine-in area for patrons who want to have a cup of coffee to go with their pastries. Just do not expect Cappucino, Mocha or Flat Whites served here; the coffee sold here are the more familiar Kopi, Kopi-O, Kopi-C etc.
The Rum Ball was the very first item that actually made me walk into the cafe. This is actually my first Rum Ball and it is coated with a thick layer of chocolate before coated with chocolate rice. The end product tasted a wee bit artificial on the outside, which is typical of chocolate rice. The inside however felt pretty robust without being cloying with sweetness. I am not sure if the rum inside was supposed to be solid or liquid, but the one here was a bit cream-like and did not really taste strongly alcoholic either.
The Durian Puff had the right sponginess for the puff, but it could do better being a bit more moist as it was a tad dry. The filling contained a bit of fibre, but was largely smooth mousse. Would do better with a bit more fibre as well.
Pineapple Pie was similar to pineapple tarts right down to the crust. The crust was also slightly dry but it did not clump up in the throat, and became powdery with each bite. The filling much like the one for the durian puff had a bit of fibre but again could do with more of it.
Traditional bakes are considered rather affordable here; most of the items are just above a dollar, with a few costing lesser than that. There are also to-go breads served here, as well as your regular breakfast kaya toast that can be eaten at anytime. The unique selling point here would be the cafe concept. Nowadays it really comes in one or the other; either a cafe dine-in style with no traditional bakes or a traditional bakery with no dine-in seating. This would be one of the things that set Yi Jia Bakery House Cafe apart from the rest.
Yi Jia Bakery House Cafe (壹家)
229 Upper Thomson Road