Carpenter & Cook is a vintage home store and artisan bakery café, located in Upper Bukit Timah, Singapore. They have a range of carefully curated vintage furniture, home decor (which is a good inspiration for my future home), as well as fresh home-made baked goods and confectionery. I have read so much about the place and I have finally checked out the place!
*Note: All photos in this blog post has been edited with a yellow tint.
I am very attracted by the decor of this cafe and I guess this is the biggest reason why you should visit this cafe. Because vintage themed cafe is not very common in Singapore. Once I stepped in, it felt like I was living in the 1960s, to days of yore, long gone by…
Carpenter and Cook serves English tea-time favourites. You can have your sweet or savoury selection such as quiches, brioche buns, tartines, cakes, muffins, scones, tarts etc. These pastries and desserts are prepared fresh daily. There’s even a selection of home-made jams!
Because I love scones, so whenever I have afternoon tea, I will always think of scones. I like my scones buttery and crumbly just like how I like my pineapple tarts to be. And I think the Plain Scone ($4) here meets my mark. It is buttery, it is flaky, and it is fragrant! Pairing it with a pot of English Breakfast ($4.50), this is my perfect afternoon tea combination.
Lemon Cream Tart ($6.20) is too sour for me but thankfully, the sourness was perfectly complemented by the crumbly and buttery shell. I thought I would have trouble finishing, but apparently, I ate it all up. It just has that refreshing aftertaste that is so seductive. However, it was said that the cafe double bakes its tarts so that it will not crumble when fillings are added. Hence, the shell is abit harder.
Joey loves the Valrhona Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Tart ($6.20) which has a balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very smooth chocolate ganache on top of a layer of sea salt caramel!
Our high tea ended with a cup of Cappuccino ($4.80) while listening to some soft vintage music. Very laid back atmosphere and I don’t mind spending a quiet afternoon here. Ok lah, not that quiet anymore because it has been highly raved online and the cafe is full house almost every hour. But the decor is so nice until I don’t mind having a scone while looking through all the vintage plates and cups.
The cafe only take reservations for groups of 6 and above during weekdays and they currently operate a walk-ins only policy during the weekends.
Carpenter and Cook
Address:19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
Operating Hours: Tue – Fri 12pm to 10pm; Sat 10am to 10pm; Sun 10am to 7pm