The former Museum of Contemporary Arts (MoCA@Loewen) has been entirely transformed into a sleek new health and wellness destination, named Core Collective. Within the compounds, you can find a new concept cafe and bakery set in the lush Dempsey precinct.
I’m talking about the tenth and latest outlet of Baker & Cook and sharing the space next door is Plank Sourdough Pizza – one of Baker & Cook’s sister brands. This new venue is a cafe, deli and pizzeria, all in one.
You should make a trip down to Baker & Cook at Dempsey to check out the well-lighted cafe and elevated offerings. The internationally-renown artisanal bakery has expanded its menu to include breakfast bites, small and large plates with a wholesome touch.
Though the location is a little off the beaten track, the process of finding Baker & Cook is part of the appeal at Dempsey, and of course, the food & space are impeccable as well. The cafe is open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm for all-day enjoyment.
Having breakfast at Baker & Cook at Dempsey is so much more than bread and pastry.
Available daily from 8am to 3pm, expect a range of exclusive breakfast items such as Peter Gordon’s Turkish Eggs ($20 – vegetarian friendly) featuring a warm bowl of whipped Greek yogurt and poached eggs with brown butter and Aleppo chilli oil mix served with bread on the side; and Dutch Baby Pancake ($22 – vegetarian friendly) is a breakfast favourite made with cinnamon-spiked pancake mix, topped with lemon curd, maple Greek yogurt, assorted fresh berries, earl grey-poached pear and garnished with edible flowers for atypical Instagram breakfast shot.
Bread lovers can opt for something more traditional and familiar like the Smørrebrød (from $9.80) a Danish-style open-faced sandwich made using Baker & Cook’s popular Danish Rye bread; or the outlet-exclusive Crowich selection ($14), a cross between a croissant and a sandwich, but softer in terms of texture and comes with parma ham and a delish combination of feta, pickled onions, radish and a homemade onion chutney.
If you’re coming to Baker & Cook at Dempsey for lunch or dinner, then you should know two things. The first is that – there is a sharing menu of light small plates and hearty large plates. The second is that – they are available on weekdays, Monday to Thursday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and weekends Friday to Sunday throughout the day from 12:00 pm to 10pm.
I’ve never met a corn fritter I didn’t like, and I love this Aussie-style breakfast food which makes a great light lunch too. Onion-coriander complements the pan-fried corn-spring patties so nicely; crisp and golden on the outside, and warm and soft on the inside. The Corn Fritter ($16) is topped with crisp smoked bacon slices, sour cream and homemade chilli jam.
A vegan friendly side dish, the Miso Glazed Eggplant ($16) is all about that umami-rich flavours and wholesome eating. The perfectly roasted eggplant is served with a baked lemon to deepen the flavours of miso and wakame brown butter; while crushed cashew nuts and spring onion make it more satisfying in terms of textural contrast.
Guests can also order dishes from the Plank Sourdough Pizza menu, with signature favourites made fresh from an authentic Italian Valoriani Igloo Pizza Oven. Must-orders include Crispy Garlic Bread ($6 – vegetarian friendly); and pizzas to share such as the ‘6′ ($26 / $13) – comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parma ham, rocket.
The pizzas here are available in two sizes, Round (12 inches) and Plank (foot long, outlet exclusive).
You can even go sweet with pizzas as a main course, recommended picks from the Something Sweet section include this Cheese Plank Pizza ($14.50) topped with blue cheese, fig jam, caramelised garlic, creme fraiche, balsamic glaze, caramelised walnuts, maple syrup, thyme and lemon zest.
Moving on to the large plates that highlight wonderful seafood and meat selection, there are three new mighty tasty dishes you need to try.
The Kühlbarra Barramundi En Papillote ($28) is full of bright, fresh flavours – unwrap the paper pouch to present delicious aromas that’s sure to catch the attention of any seafood lover. The secret to the incredible flavours in this dish is the clever use of lemongrass, ginger garlic fish sauce and lime, complemented with puffed purple rice for garnish and slices of Dempsey Sprouted Wheat Sourdough for dunking into the excellent fish stock.
The Herb Roasted Chicken ($27) is a strong favourite, comprising a juicy chicken thigh which is sous-vide for two hours, before caramelised in a frying pan and finished in an oven. Served with a hearty tomato-based butter bean stew and a dollop of herby labneh, it’s a wonderful combination that’s hard to resist.
The Blackend Corn Barley Risotto ($25 – vegetarian friendly) is lighter version of the Italian classic, made of charred corn, sweet corn and barley pearls complete with grilled baby corn, sage and goat’s cheese. This underdog dish is rich, creamy, but comforting – it would be great as a vegetarian main.
BAKER & COOK / PLANK SOURDOUGH PIZZA (DEMPSEY)
Address: 30C Loewen Road Singapore 248839
Tel: +65 6251 1098
Opening Hours: Daily 8am to 10pm