Serene Centre has seen quite a number of new tenants moving in recently, with eateries such as Sugarhaus and Han Bing that have moved into its premises.
Woodlands Sourdough used to operate as a home Bakery with occasional appearances as pop-ups before moving into its current shop space at Serene Centre. The current shop space can be described as a “hole-in-the-wall”, with most of the shop space dedicated to kitchen equipment as well as shelves to display their baked goods as well as the counter. Dine-in is allowed, though only limited to the seats by the corridor with the menu largely focusing on sandwiches for those who are looking for something more substantial as opposed to buns and donuts. The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough also serves a wide selection of brewed coffee to go with the bread, and patrons can also pick up sourdough loaves at the shop as well.
Being a little hungry, we went for the Tapenade and Fresh Mozzarella sandwich — a sandwich which comes with a spread made of a mix of capers, olives, lemon, parsley and garlic with a layer of mozzarella melted beneath the spread. The sandwich was splendid; well-executed in all areas with the Tapenade being savoury, texturally and its flavour near being minced meat that is chopped to fine bits that is consistent throughout with a zingy lemon flavour lingering at the end — all that with fluffy, melted mozzarella that is all comforting despite not being the sort of “instagrammy” sandwich that reveals its stretchy cheese when pulled apart. The bread, which is baked in-house was fresh and both crusty and crisp. Served fresh and hot out of the panini grill, it is certainly a comforting and delicious sandwich that is heart-warming yet brilliantly put together.
Apart from sandwiches, The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough also do different variants of donuts which also utilises sourdough. The Masala Chai Donut may sound pretty odd, but it’s pretty easy to accept with the subtly sweet and aromatic spiced tea glazing atop, while one could still taste that sourness of the bread from the fermentation process which came firm yet without the need to wrestle with the bread just to chew it apart for the donut came off pretty cleanly and effortlessly with every bite. Very interesting indeed.
Though much of the focus here is on their bread, they also do serve a considerably wide variety of brewed coffee. We had the Nel’s Drip (coffee brewed with a sock) with Ethiopian beans — it sits in between a long black and the local Kopi O in terms of intensity; pretty strong with a rather full body that is overall pretty fruity and delivers the punch. That being said, we were given a choice of two single origin beans, the other with a chocolatey profile which we reckon would have worked better with the bread given the nature of sourdough which tends to run in with the coffee with a fruity flavour profile.
There are very little indie bread-centric places around in Singapore, though Simply Bread is round the corner at Cluny Court not too far away. That being said, The Bakery’s specialisation in sourdough is an even rarer breed; the execution is commendable, and they do take pride in the food that they produce and injecting their own originality into the products to create an identity unique to their own. It remains a question when it comes to the locals’ receptivity to the general flavour profile of sourdough, but whatever it is, The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough is a place to visit for both sourdough lovers and those who had been wanting to try sourdough bread; one could definitely feel the passion and effort of the owners behind the craft. Here’s wishing The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough the best for what has to come in the days ahead!