From the folks who brought us flaky croissants and caramelized kouign amann pastries comes a brand new space that, well, strives to live a little on the wild side. Inspired by a trip to Botswana, South Africa, undertaken by Spa Esprit Group’s Cynthia Chua last year, Tiong Bahru Bakery’s latest glamping concept is literally a safari tent pitched on the grounds of Open Farm Community in Dempsey.
And it’s here to stay (i.e. not a pop-up).
But this isn’t just your regular lodge, not if TBB can help it. The canvas roof features skylights for you to dine under the stars, wooden deck screens are colored with framed butterfly taxidermy, vintage suitcases lie around artfully arranged, and beautiful blooms sit prettily on custom-made changai wooden tables. Not to mention, the tent is kept cool at a nice 25°C, for all you sweat-averse tropical residents who aren’t keen on getting too wild.
Surrounded by an edible garden filled with plants, veggies, fruits, and flowers, the 46-seater picks its ingredients fresh off the land to whip up a selection of lattes and breakfast jars. Besides TBB’s signature caffeine-free teh tarik ($7) and blue bell latte ($6, made with blue pea flower extract and coconut milk), you’ll find drinks exclusive to this outlet, such as the pink-hued beetroot ginger latte ($6.50) and the gluten- and dairy-free turmeric ginger latte ($6.50).
For something purportedly healthier to munch on, the breakfast jars are filled with apples, birscher muesli and rojak flowers ($8.50), pandan-infused pineapple, rolled oats, and black sesame milk ($8.80), and turmeric-infused papaya with tapioca pearls and coconut milk ($8.50). However, since the menu relies on what the garden grows, you can look forward to TBB Safari switching things up every once in a while.
Expect all your familiar favorites to make an appearance here as well, from brioche loaves and quiches to sourdough breads and tarts.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari is at 130E Minden Rd.
6877-4876. Daily 8am-5pm.