Drips Bakery Cafe is a quaint addition to the nostalgic estate of Tiong Bahru, just a stone’s throw away from the artsy Orange Thimble.
With shelves brimming with well-executed array of sweet confection and savoury nosh, it is obvious that Drips is taking the path of her sister branch, Fredo Galaxy, which is located amongst the neighbourhood of Tanglin Halt. Bringing a map along (even for locals) is absolutely advisable, or risk detours and roundabouts in this maze of residential estates. I certainly had my fair share of navigation before arriving at its doorsteps in drips, of sweat. And ladies, brace yourself and do not lose sanity as you will be greeted by the tarts and cakes, which are all but eye-candies. The diffusion of the subtle aroma coming from the freshly baked further creates that temptation that takes a strong-willed to resist. We love the spacious and naturally-lit cafe, which is also adorned deliberately with a mish-mash of vintage furniture. This joint also boasts an in-house pastry kitchen where you could take a peek at your desserts behind the scenes, lest you get bored.
Of course, what is a cafe without a good cup of joe? Do not be surprised to find a separate counter on its own delivering just coffee. Our latte was served unsweetened, so it was lightly bitter though we could taste the subtle sweetness that came naturally from the warm milk itself. The velvety texture made the brew a joy to drink. We have no complains.
Their rendition of the tropical fruit tart was a love-at-first-sight, and it tasted astonishingly good. Mounted upon the tart was a huge fortress of mango cubes stacked on top of one another, and randomly garnished with thyme. Plough through the fruit and expect a spread of medium-sweet custard wonderfully hidden in between. Also, expect the buttery tart to crumble all together in your mouth, melting away. All in all, it was a sweet, sticky relationship. Apparently, it lived up to its magnificent looks. It was no wonder there was no sight of this beauty anymore when we depart.
How could we not pick this slice of chocolate cake when it came fresh from the kitchen? The truffle was very common-looking, with a layer of chocolate sponge sandwiched between 2 distinct layers of bitter-sweet mousse, and ending off with a crispy hazelnut base. It was a dark-indulgence affair, which devolved into a sticky mess. We knew this was as sinful as can be, though we rather focus on the fact that it was 76% dark chocolate.
With the chef serving up fresh cakes and sweet treats in the in-house kitchen beside us, we were more than contented. A neighbourhood cafe with neighbouring pricing, the one-month-old Drips has indeed already brought much joy to the nearby residents. Also, do watch out for their savoury grubs although they are not their specialty here. Yet again, to our delight, another cafe with no extra charges smacked upon what’s written in the menu, hence I guess I have already an idea where to head to when my cravings get the better of me.
82 Tiong Poh Road
Wed- Thu: 11:00-21:30
Closed on Tuesdays.