While much of Singapore has changed since her founding in 1819, the essence of her colonial days is well preserved in the 125 year-old Raffles Hotel. The hotel named after the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles was just a sombre-looking bungalow when it opened its doors in 1887. Fast forward to the present day, the hotel with its sprawling compound houses many posh boutiques, bars and dining restaurants.
It was Easter Weekend, the perfect excuse to pamper ourselves with delicious food. I have not heard of Ah Teng’s Bakery. However, the fact that it resides in one of Singapore’s oldest and exquisite hotel could actually mean something. Or is it?
It was a blast from the past kind of experience at Ah Teng’s Bakery. The marble tables and wooden chairs are reminiscent of the 60s. Given the name, it is excusable to assume that the bakery offers only Asian pastries and snacks. However, to cater to tourists from all over the globe, one can find tea time favourites such as scones and cakes and those were exactly what we got.
Each Cake and Scone Set ($11.22, $10.28 respectively) came with coffee. There was a variety of cakes for selection and we ended up having a banana chocolate one. E has always prided herself on her ability to choose delicious food and her selection of the banana chocolate cake did not disappoint. The chocolate was rich and the fruit was almost whipped into a cream like texture. The soft and moist cake was a delight with every bite.
Ah Teng prepares their scones rather differently from most places that we have been to. Instead of small bite-sized treats, we were handed something that resembled a bun. True enough, the top of the scone was as soft as what a bun should be like while the bottom was more scone like. We thought this one lacked a bit of flavour.
I would not say Ah Teng’s Bakery offer the best food for brunch or high tea. It is passable but not fantastic.
Happy Easter Sunday.
Ah Teng’s Bakery is at:
1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Daily: 7.30am – 10.45pm
Tel: +65 6412 1100