Like the first two outlets of Carpenter and Cook (Bukit TImah, and Thomson), The Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook at Alexandra Central (beside Ikea) is decorated in the style of rustic London: leather upholstered chairs, subway tiles, marble tabletop, and Singer tables. But unlike the two outlets, the focus is pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastas.
There are some vegetarian options here, such as the aubergine pizza ($14). Using Italian flour, the 10-inch pizzas are baked twice: they are first par-baked in the wood-fired oven, so that when the ingredients are placed on top and baked the second time, the crust won’t be soggy. The aubergine pizza has lovely light flavors, but an indecisive crust, in between crispy and fluffy. I wish they could go one way or the other. (I heard they are still tweaking their crust recipe.)
The sandwiches are good, and the credit goes mostly to the buns, baked in-house. The unctuousness of pulled pork ($12) is undercut by a sweet pear compote, with bitter rocket as a base note and an addictive sweet brioche.
The usual cakes and pastries from other outlets are sold here. Passionfruit tart is a perennial bestseller. My favorite is the lemon tart and I always buy the cinnamon roll ($4.50) home. That day, we had a delicious carrot cake ($7.50), full of bits of textures and a light cream cheese. I appreciate how they maintain their high standards of confections after all these years.
One last thing I like about this new outlet is the good value. I suspect the rent is high, so a pizza at $14 is incredibly priced. Including coffee and excluding the pastries we bought to take away, we paid $44 for two persons.
321 Alexandra Road, #01-14 Alexandra Central, Singapore 159971
Sun-Th 8am-10pm, F&Sat 8am-11pm
Service: NA. (order at counter)
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.