Ah Teng’s Bakery seems to be the only eatery from the past that is still operational at the Raffles Hotel. Most (if not all) of the other restaurants have closed or were replaced by others. Hoping to take a walk down memory lane, we decided to have coffee and dessert here after our brunch at the Halia restaurant.
Like an old friend whom you have not seen in a while, Ah Teng’s Bakery still looks vaguely familiar, but it had a tired look about it. We were surprised to see the place almost deserted. The hustle and bustle of the place was missing. The coffee shop tables and chairs on the marble floor were still there but something was not the same and we could not put our finger on what it was. Perhaps it was because there were white partitions, isolating Ah Teng’s from the neighbouring unit which seems to be in a state of redecoration (it was closed but no work was being carried out while we were there). Only a handful of patrons were there besides us.
Ah Teng’s Bakery serves light meals and has an interesting display of cakes and pastries at the counter. We placed our order and paid for some cakes and coffee at the counter and settled down at one of the tables. A few minutes later, we were summoned to collect our food from the counter.
We have to say that desserts look really attractive and the sight of them perked us up. The raspberry Danish pastry ($3.80) was colourful and shiny. It was light and not too sweet. We liked it.
The Chocolate Cake (I made the name up, as I can’t remember the actual name) was a narrow piece of chocolate cake ($5.80). Despite its small size, it manages to pack in quite a lot of interesting details. The nuts at the bottom gave it a crunchy texture. The cakes are therefore highly recommended. The same, however, could not be said of the coffee and cappuccino ($6.50) which were ordinary (which was surprising considering that they have a very impressive machine on display).
Not quite the same as it used to be, but Ah Teng’s Bakery is still a pleasant place to go for a place to meet and to chit-chat. Some may even find the quietness a bonus!
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Ah Teng’s Bakery
1 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6337 1886
Opening Hours : 7.30 am – 7 pm
Nearby Stations : City Hall, Bras Basah