Drips Bakery Café in Tiong Bahru is a laid back cafe for unpretentious food, good coffee and great tarts. Although it has been around for years, it does not get mentioned very often on social media or in lists of hip cafes. Ironically, that may be the reason why we like Drips Bakery Café.
Drips Café in Tiong Poh Rd
Drips set up shop in Tiong Poh Road many years ago. It started out specialising in tarts but it has a good range of cakes and pastries. It now also offers artisanal coffee and craft bears and it is possible to have a light bite or a hearty meal at the bakery cafe.
Drips Bakery Café in Tiong Bahru is not dressed to impress. The front of the cafe is dominated by the display cabinets for tarts and cakes on one side and a coffee bar on the other side. The bakery and kitchen is in the rear. The middle portion is the main dining area, furnished with functional tables and wooden stools.
Drips Café Menu
The bakery cafe does not have a printed menu. What may be available are either on display or written on the chalkboards on the wall.
When we visited, they had all day brunch items like Eggs Benedict and Eggs & Sausages, and mains such as Curry Chicken and Kimchi Stew as well as pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salad.
There were quiche and pies in the display cabinets and a wide variety of cakes and tarts.
Lunch @ Drips Café
We had lunch at Drips Café recently and ordered a Nasi Lemak ($13.80) and a Ham & Cheese Sandwich ($6.80). There were various deals available – such as 50% off for the second main dish or top up of $3 for coffee when you buy a sandwich.
The Nasi Lemak was nicely presented and came with fried chicken fingers, otah, egg, ikan bilis and peanuts. The sambal chilli was nice. It was a decent dish but not particularly remarkable.
The same could be said of the sandwich. It was about what we would expect, which was not a bad thing.
Drips Cakes & Tarts
The sweet stuff were definitely the better part of the meal. The Expresso Kahlua Pound Cake (#3.50) was very good – moist and buttery and delicious. The Cinnamon Apple Tart ($7.50) was the highlight of the meal. The crust was firm and at the same time slightly crumbly. There was a soft cake like layer on top of the base. The combination of the cinnamon, sugar and apple was delicious. It was a very enjoyable tart.
Beverages @ Drips Café
Drips Café in Tiong Bahru is a nice spot to stop by for a drink anytime of the day. It has a good range of tea and coffee, local drinks as well as craft beers and other alcoholic drink.
The Ice Sour Plum Drink ($5.80) was very refreshing. The Cappuccino ($5) was smooth, flavourful and aromatic with a nice frothy foam. A very good cup of hot beverage that could make you forget the rest of the world for a little while.
Spot for Tart & Coffee Break
The savoury items we tried at Drips Café in Tiong Bahru were average. The cake and coffee were good and the tart was great. As the underrated cafe is not uber hip, it is less likely to be thronged by tourists and Instagrammers. We think it is a nice spot to spend a lazy afternoon – enjoying coffee and tart and forgetting about the crazy world for an hour or so.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Drips Bakery Café
82 Tiong Poh Rd, #01-05
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Sun to Fri : 10 am – 10 pm
Sat : 10 am – 12 midnight
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