Butter Bread Review: Ex Shangri-La Hotel Chef Opens Bakery With Egg Tart Croissants, Mochi Scones And More
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Butter Bread Review: Ex Shangri-La Hotel Chef Opens Bakery With Egg Tart Croissants, Mochi Scones And More

1st February 2022

Butter Bread bakery at Hougang 

butter bread items

We all have our favourite bakeries that we just keep going back to—think Champion Bolo Bun and Puffs and Peaks—but within my circle of friends, I haven’t heard of any well-known artisanal ones in the North-East. Thus, stumbling upon Butter Bread was exciting for me, especially with its unique array of options. 

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Food at Butter Bread

butter bread matcha mochi scone

My colleagues and I were most eager to try the Matcha Mochi Scone ($6). Initially intrigued by the prospect of a mochi pull, we had our expectations met by the IG-worthy shot that was captured. 

butter bread matcha mochi scone pull

I must admit that the textures of the crumbly scone and chewy mochi together were slightly confusing at first. Thankfully, the distinct bitterness of matcha became more prominent after a few bites, and thus worked well with the soft, gooey mochi. 

butter bread matcha mochi scone

After chatting with the owner, he revealed that the Matcha Mochi Scone will actually no longer be on the menu, and will be replaced with a Hojicha Honey Mochi Scone. The menu here changes often, as the owner likes to keep the options fresh for his customers.

butter bread kimchi mozzarella sourdough

Another must-try is their Kimchi Mozzarella Sourdough ($11.50). Unassuming on the outside, the size of the sourdough initially disappointed us, as we had expected something slightly bigger.

kimchi mozzarella sourdough cross section

However, upon slicing it open, we found beautiful air pockets along with an enticing orange hue, reflective of the colour of kimchi. The strong kimchi taste worked splendidly in the sourdough. The unique sourness of the fermented cabbage was not too strong to throw us off. 

Though we found the presence of mozzarella lacking, this didn’t bother us much as the kimchi alone was enough to satisfy our taste buds. Some may perceive the price as slightly steep, but I would argue that the use of actual kimchi justifies it. 

butter bread original croissant

In my opinion, every good bakery should have a quality plain croissant. The ability to perfect this technically challenging pastry without the crutch of additional fillings is essential, and Butter Bread was able to pull it off. 

butter bread original croissant cross section

Their Original Croissant ($4.50) possessed beautiful air pockets, characteristic of any good croissant. Texture-wise, it was sinfully flaky and buttery. 

butter bread garlic cheese croissant

Other than the usual sweet croissants, Butter Bread also serves a variety of savoury ones. One of which is the Garlic Cheese Croissant ($5.50), which was a pleasant surprise for us. Their decision to use minced garlic impressed me greatly, as I went in expecting mere garlic powder as garnish. 

garlic cheese croissant cross section

Each bite rewards you with flaky pastry outside, sharp garlic on top, followed by sweet and tangy cream cheese. Nothing was too overpowering or outshone the rest. 

butter bread egg tart croissant

There was also a unique Egg Tart Croissant ($5.50), which I very much enjoyed more than regular egg tarts. The light, flaky croissant pastry was a good change from the typical crumbly hard ones I’m used to eating. In addition, the egg tart custard delivered a smooth sweetness that was not too dense in texture. 

butter bread egg tart croissant cross section

My only qualm with this is the steep price point. $5.50 for one egg tart is not something I’m entirely comfortable with paying on a regular basis. Besides that, I can definitely see myself reaching for this when looking for a small mid-afternoon snack. 

butter bread chocolate chip brioche

Lastly, we also got ourselves a loaf of Chocolate Chip Brioche ($7.50). With chocolate chips evenly distributed throughout, this truly captures the meaning of life’s simple pleasures. 

butter bread chocolate chip brioche slice

There was a sufficient amount of chocolate chips in each slice, which gave it a nice bittersweetness. Soft and fluffy, these are easy to munch on plain, on its own, throughout the day. 

Ambience at Butter Bread 

butter bread sign storefront

Located at The Midtown, Butter Bread is a stone’s throw away from Hougang MRT Station. Due to its hole-in-the-wall concept, all purchases are takeaway by default. For a more delectable experience, be sure to heat them up before digging in. 

butter bread other items

Besides pastries, they also sell cookies, cheesecakes, tarts, and brownies. They tend to sell out fast, especially on weekends; do head down early, or pre-order on WhatsApp to secure your baked goods. 

The verdict

butter bread verdict

Overall, Butter Bread has convinced me smaller bakeries should not be overlooked. I truly respect their dedication to using quality ingredients, it does make a difference in their bakes. I would definitely come back for their more unique items.

If you’re looking for more bakeries, check out our Serangoon Gardens Bakery review for old-school bread. For other hidden gems, check out our 929 Desserts & Bites review for cheap bingsu by hawkers. 

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Address: 1189 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-44, The Midtown, Singapore 534785
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 6pm
Tel: 9117 3529
Website
Butter Bread is not a halal-certified eatery.

Photos taken by Zu Yi Kong.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.

Butter Bread Review: Ex Shangri-La Hotel Chef Opens Bakery Selling Croissants, Mochi Scone And More
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    Butter Bread Review: Ex Shangri-La Hotel Chef Opens Bakery Selling Croissants, Mochi Scone And More - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Pros
– Quality ingredients
– Offers items different from other bakeries

Cons
– Can sell out quickly
– Slightly pricey

Recommended dishes: Kimchi Mozzarella Sourdough ($11.50), Egg Tart Croissant ($5.50)

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 6pm

Address: 1189 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-44, The Midtown, Singapore 534785

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