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Cafe Review: Drips Bakery Cafe

By Sunday, April 15, 2012 , , , , ,

I love the Tiong Bahru area for its bevy of indie cafes and restaurants. One of my all time favorite is Drips Bakery Cafe. Z was the one who first spotted this cool café when they first opened in the Tiong Bahru enclave and couldn’t stop raving about the tarts. Z and I practically have twin tummies and our delicate and exquisite taste buds are so in sync that I trust her with any recommendations. She was so right and I was completely sold.
Drips makes a good cuppa with their intricate siphon technique. I’m still sticking to my espresso blends though. Not quite the coffee connoisseur yet. Hopefully the coffee workshop that i'm attending next week will increase my understanding of Mr. Joe! Aromatic latte ($4.80) that is not too acidic and lightly sweetened by the milk. Pretty smooth on the palate. I didn't need sugar with this one. 

So desserts before the mains! Had the Mixed berries tart ($7) which was amazing. I love the crunchy shortbread crust, which has the right amount of butter and salt. I tasted a hint of a nutty almond paste in base. Perhaps that's their secret. The cream custard was smooth and slightly eggy, goes perfectly with the plump sweet strawberries and blackberries. Perfect summer dessert alert!
The chocolate tart is made from a high percentage of cocoa. Same pastry base as the Mixed Berries tart but this time with a rich dark solid filling. I like my chocolate dark and slightly bitter and this has the right balance of sweetness.
For our mains, I shared the Blackforest Ham with scrambled eggs and Toast ($15.80). Drips is very generous with their huge slabs of savory and juicy ham. I found the eggs lacking in flavor though. It needs a little more butter and crème fraiche (absolutely missing). Crème fraiche is the key to a good and runny scrambled eggs but most cafes skip on that because it’s not cheap. BOO. A sprinkle of salt of cheese would vastly improve the taste but even the pepper was nowhere to be found.
What I love is the Cranberry toast which came buttered and toasted. Perfect marriage of sweet and savory with the multi-grains and moist cranberries. Would love for the butter to be salted though :P
What made me fall in love with Drips was the Avocado Cheesecake. The naturally creamy yet light wobbly texture of the cake had me swoon over it for weeks after i tasted it. So I went back a couple of times after and each time it eluded me! The silly me kept thinking that my determination and perseverance will pay off in the form of a light green slice if I just show up a little earlier on the weekends. Weeks passed and still no cheesecake! I finally uncovered the mystery of the missing cheesecake when I asked the lady boss about it. Turn out that they have stopped selling the cheesecake by slices! It is now only baked to order for $68 for 1.5kg. You will only get to taste this on your lucky day if 1.There are extra ingredients 2. There's enough space in the oven for another cake. :( Now who wants to share 1.5kg of green egg heaven with me? 
This is my favorite spot in the cafe. This is the nave of the cafe. I like how the natural light breathes life into the place and fills the space with positive energy. OOHM. This is a lot less claustrophobic than FortyHands. 
Lace Top by Kwan, Bangkok. Pebbled YSL Easy. 
Verdict- Recommended!
Food: 4/5 for the desserts and coffee. Not a fan of the food.
Service: 4/5 They were so nice when S the klutz splashed my latte onto the floor. I felt so bad.
Ambience: 4/5 Nice place to chill on the weekends. Love the positive space.

Drips Bakery Cafe
82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Sun–Thu: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Fri–Sat: 10.30am – 11pm
(Closed on Tue)

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