Ms Skinnyfat

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Do.Main French Bakery, Tanjong Katong

By Saturday, March 14, 2015 , , , , , ,

There's something real sexy kneading dough with your hands and turning them into delicious buttery wonders and that's what Do.Main Bakery does. French baker Chef Frédéric Deshayes has set up shop in the part shady, part gentrified Tanjong Katong, supplying Easties with authentic French bakes alongside seedy massage shops and residences housing foreign workers.
Upon entering the bakery cafe, I was distractive by the croissants, pain au chocolat, eclairs, tarts and cakes. All these amazing bakes are made using Elle & Vivre butter, Valrhona chocolate and high-quality French flour.
Pick your poison from the counter, or one of their heartier offerings on the menu. I was deterred by the half finished Croque Monsieur and decided to stick with what I can 'inspect'. 
Quiche Lorriane ($8) with a side of salad. The tart is the puff pastry sort (I prefer shortcrust as it provides a crunch). The crust is the downfall of this dish as it was hard and dry on the edges and a little undone at the bottom. The egg custard was decent with a rich and dense texture. It could do with a pinch of salt for an added flavor though. Verdict: I still prefer the other French man, Gontran's Quiche Lorraine at TBB.
The Pain au Chocolat ($3.50) had a nice lamination and the crispy layers were simply asking to be bitten into. Smooth milk chocolate complemented each bite and this was polished in no time. If you're not into super buttery french pastries, these will do for you (I'm a sucker for butter). 
Well apparently not all pastries are created equal and the almond pastry that I packed away for S turned out to be dry and bland. Stick with the croissant types!
The Salted Caramel Eclair ($5) wasn't ready when we got to the cafe but i put on some pressure by checking on Chef's progress through the glass panels and they were out in no time. Heh. 
I absolutely loved that smooth salted caramel custard which nailed the balance between sweet and salty. The icing on top threw the balance off a little with the sweetness but it was still tolerable. As the eclair was freshly out of the oven, the pastry was more on the crunchy side. If you, like me, prefer a slightly softer puff, make sure you bring the eclair home for tea. They run out fast so the eclairs are always fresh. 
Coffee is by Astoria and costs about $5. Let's face it, we're not there for the coffee. So skip it if you can, or drink up if you must.
Will be sure to pop by again for the pastries and sweets. Their breads are popular with the expat crowd too. 
226 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437015
Tue - Thu: 8am – 9pm
Fri - Sat: 8am - 10.30pm
Sun: 8am - 9pm 

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