Breads. Breads. Breads.
I’m a self-confessed bread-whore. I eat bread everyday, at times half a loaf at one go (if not more) and I buy breads in bulk. My fridge has a minimum of 3 different types of breads at any one time (just so I can eat whichever one when the mood hits) and I’m always on the look-out for new bakeries/cafes/hotels that sells healthy, artisan breads.
I don’t eat Gardenia (unless it’s from Singapore – check out the Gardenia from Singapore HERE!) /High Five or breads from Bread Story/Bread History etc.
Those are empty fluffs, full of sugar & empty calories.
So yeah, in conclusion I’m a high-class bread eater.
Well, the good news is I have found a few really worthy of recommendation bakeries recently, and will be sharing them on my blog, one after another.
I’m starting off with Craft Bakers, a very traditional European type bakery and cafe, but unfortunately with a very annoyingly hard to find location.
Anyhow, location hardly deters hardcore bread-whores like me. After 40 minutes, I managed to figure out where to park in that new Publika building (Solaris Dutamas & the Publika area is a maze) & thankfully found the cafe soon enough before my mood worsen.
The menu is extensive; and that got me excitedly starting to take my pick of breads, only to be disappointedly informed that most of them are not available, or available only on made -to-order basis, or available on certain days only. Ishhhhhh… *annoyed* .
But enough of complains. The breads here is good. And that’s we are here for.
We started with a sandwich each. Kevin ordered one with English Cheddar cheese, and this was paired with English gerkins/pickles & lettuce (RM11.50). The options for sandwiches were ciabatta, multi-grain or foccacia.
He chose the ciabatta and both of us agreed that the texture was spot-on (see the air pockets below?). Crusty yet chewy and soft inside.
His focaccia may look pretty sad here but I assure you that they were generous enough with the cheese. The whole ensemble was very filling as the breads here are dense and half a portion easily feeds a medium-sized diner .
I for one, could only finish half of my Chicken and Crunchy Peanut Butter Sandwich (RM11.90) even though I’m such a bread-whore. The multi-grain slices were heavy but wonderfully aromatic & fresh.
See for yourself the quality of the flour used and the actual grains in each loaf. Now, this is my kind of bread!
My sandwich was spread thickly with nutty peanut butter and layered with cuts of chicken breast. Tomatoes, lettuce and Japanese cucumbers completed the package. The fillings were simple, no doubt replicable at home but it was the breads that made the difference.
Hence I lugged a whole loaf of wholemeal loaf home. It weighted almost 2kg ( I kid you not!) and it took me a week to finish it. All I could consume was ONE slice at any one time.
All breads from Craft Bakers are freshly made the traditional way, slow mixed and proved, hand crafted and then baked in their brick floored oven.
No addictives or preservatives are added into any of their baked goods. Craft Bakers only use untreated, unbleached flour and they do not enhance their breads with fats or sugar. They also proudly proclaimed that the flour they used are 100% organic stoneground wheat flour from Cann Mills in the UK.
Below are the usual range of baked goods that greets you if you were to walk-in into their bakery at any one time. Bagels, some danish and croissants.
I tried the bagels as there were samples at the counter and found them to be lacking in texture when compared to the “actual” traditional bagels, where it is really dense & chewy.
The ones here are “Malaysian-ise” I guess, coming across more like dense buns than bagels.
Since it’s an European bakery, I just had to try their croissants.
I’m not a pastry person, as pastries are very high in fat content. But an an exception was made this time as I was impressed with the breads; and hence was hoping that their croissants are up to mark. I like my croissants flaky, buttery & light.
Unfortunately my ultimate croissant hunt continues. The croissant here is not as flaky as I would have liked, and at the inner folds (as you can see below), the pastry sheets were “stucked” together & thicker than it should be.
Croissants (RM4.00 each) .
Pies are available on Wednesdays, and pizzas by trays (where you can purchase them by slices) on Thursdays. I hopped in on a Wednesday, on an invite, ever curious of how their pies are going to be like. No doubt I had high expectations, as this is after all an European bakery.
And I was delighted at the sight of this huge chunky wedge of Creamy Chicken Pie.
It was loaded with chunky cubes of chicken, with the usual potatoes and carrots thrown in. I think Craft Bakers are trying to localised it again, as there were curry leaves inside in the mix and the fillings tasted faintly of curry powder.
But it wasn’t as creamy as its’ namesake. As much as I would like to proclaim that I liked this, I have to honestly say that it fell way below expectations. The fillings were badly in need of more seasoning and the potatoes were firm and hard instead of the delighful mushy soft cubes that we are accustomised to in our pies. PrincessJoLing hopped in from her office for a taste and returned the same verdict.
Well, I would still recommend Craft Bakers for their European breads. And of course, for the pizzas of which I have yet to sample.
Anyone up for a Thursday pizza lunch here??
Utilitarian set up with functional tables and chairs. I wouldn’t call it cosy but it was bright & airy enough. Service is warm and the baker, manager (Gandhi) and staff (sorry I couldn’t remember their names!) are very helpful and ever- ready to suggest and answer any queries you may have about their breads.
D2-G3-05, Solaris Dutamas, No 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6012 2900504
CALL FOR ORDERS: +603 6205 3913
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 7.30am-5pm
Email: [email protected]