Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook is a trendy cafe in the new Alexandra Central Mall. Carpenter and Cook’s popular tarts and pastries are available in the new cafe. Bakehouse also serves gourmet coffee and tea and meal items like pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, tapas and salads. The cafe also serves breakfast on weekends and public holidays. Bakehouse has a small space but it might be thinking of expanding soon. It just has a soft opening and already the place is proving to be very popular.
Carpenter and Cook is a vintage furniture shop cum cafe started by 3 partners. Bakehouse at Alexandra central Mall is their new outlet. As you would expect, the “Carpenter” is responsible for the vintage furniture and the “Cook” is trained at Cordon Bleu in London and bakes the cakes and tarts. How about the third partner? She is the “And” in the Carpenter And Cook – she apparently enjoys baking and styling both food and interiors; hence, she takes care of making things look pretty. And we must say, the Bakehouse and most of its food do look beautiful.
Vintage furnishing is the obvious theme for the interiors of the Bakehouse. The small space has many interesting elements and we like the use of old sewing machine stands as legs for tables.
The menu of Bakehouse is fairly simple. Essentially, there is a variety of pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. There is a fairly wide range of cakes and tarts and they all look attractive. Besides coffee and tea, the Bakehouse also serves alcoholic cocktails ciders and beers.
We went there for brunch and ordered a crab meat pizza ($14) from the menu and the smoked salmon scrambled egg croissant ($12) from the breakfast menu board. A long black was $4. You order and pay at the counter and the food will be served to you. You collect your own napkins and utensils from the service station. You can help yourself to iced water. The service staff was friendly and helpful.
We ordered the crab meat pizza mainly because the menu said it had crab meat, pink sauce, mozzarella and Brandy! But alas, the taste of brandy, or any alcohol, was not discernible at all. We must also say that the pizza did not look very nice. That may be one of the few instances when “And” did not do her job properly. However, on the whole the pizza was still quite delectable. We thought the topping tasted like the thick sauce of chilli crab. The crust has a nice bit of crunch and the combination of the topping and the crust made a nice flavourful pizza.
The smoked salmon scrambled egg croissant was presented on a retro enamel plate. The fluffy scrambled egg was topped with caviar which together with the hollandaise sauce made the dish tasty and delightful. The best part of the dish was the croissant. The multi-layered dough was perfectly baked with the outer layer richly browned. The tender pastry was soft, crisp and flaky. It was one of the best croissants we have had recently.
We did not have room to try their tempting cakes and pastries but we enjoyed our quick brunch at the Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook and can understand its popularity. We will certainly be visiting the Bakehouse at Alexandra Central more often.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook
#01-14 Alexandra Central
321 Alexandra Road
Sun – Thurs & PH: 8am – 10pm
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 8am – 11pm