"We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all, we love each other!"
Fans of sweet little Madeline from her book by Ludwig Bemelmans and the cartoon, will know of this famous line, which the 12 little girls used to chime out at every meal they had in an old house in Paris covered with vines. Seems incredibly apt in these circumstances for this bakery we discovered after a tip off from my friend S. In fact, the whole weekend has been a long drawn doughy affair.
working hard; a study of reflections
At this 2-month old The Bread Shop, tucked in the affluent neighbourhood of Damansara Heights, this is where we both found dough heaven. Opened by GDP architects whose offices take up most of the space in this single row of shophouses (where the original Decanter is located), the bakery boasts a modern unfinished look that reeks of an artistic touch. We love the cool unpolished cement interior, the stainless steel kitchen with in-built ovens, the long sinks, the cool mirrors you can play with the reflections, the tall wooden tables and cement sidebars to sit at and the delicious breads found here. Sadly, we couldn't capture the look unless we had a better lens (I reckon a fisheye lens will work well here), but hopefully these pictures will tempt you to visit it soon.
1. simple works best with delicious tomatoes perfumed with fresh basil leaves 2. thick cafe lattes perk up the afternoon
Choose from an array of breads and buns to eat here or takeaway in brown paper bags. You can dine here by sitting at one of the 4 tall wooden tables in the middle or at the side cement bar counters. It's not a very big space and can probably fit about 20 persons (if pushed). Since it was for lunch cum tea, we ordered loads of buns - the sausage cheese roll (RM4.80), garlic bun (RM2.80), chocolate danish (RM3.80) and cinnamon swirl (RM3.80).
1. Unravel the cinnamon swirl to discover its fragrance 2. Delicate and flaky chocolate danish can be chomped down in seconds
We loved the soft breads, which we finished in minutes. My favourites were the soft fragrant cinnamon scented swirly bun. Not too sweet, the bun could be easily pulled apart and demolished in seconds. Best eaten with their cafe latte (RM6.80). If you want something more delicate, the chocolate danish with a thin layer of chocolate within is a good choice.
inspired by Bill Granger's Feed Me Now cookbook (a birthday present, thanks S!) - the rustic lamb sausage, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella melt with torn basil leaves using the organic wholemeal studded with pumpkin seeds bread from the Bread Shop
Aside the array of baked goodies, they also offer all day dining within the bakery; either 4 baguette slices or 2 pieces of toast with either kaya, butter/jam, 2 halfboiled eggs, tomato & basil sauce or chicken curry. Prices range from RM4.80 to RM9.80 for these selections. We ordered the tomato and basil sauce with baguette slices (RM5.80) and loved it. A simple chunky tomato sauce with torn basil leaves complimented the slightly toasted baguette slices so well, we were scraping the sides of the ramekin it was served in.
Not satisified with bread eaten there, we even took away some loaves - organic wholemeal for RM6.80 and cranberry walnut for RM8.80, which we shared with my friend S. The organic wholemeal bread went well with a Bill Granger inspired recipe of tomato, mozzarella and sausage melt that was a quick dinner from his latest cookbook, Feed Me Now!. Cranberry walnut is also excellent with chunks of walnut and dried cranberries that adds an interesting touch to the chunky rustic bread. I'm keen to also try their wholegrain (it was sold out when we were there) the next time. Reckon, I either have to make a point to get there earlier to sample that. Thanks S for the tip! I reckon The Bread Shop is going to be THE place for me to indulge in some bread bliss. For more pictures of The Bread Shop, see my Flickr set.
The Bread Shop
11, Jalan Setiakasih 5
Tel No: 03 - 2093 8734
(Pork free. Open from Monday to Fridays (8am-7.30pm) and Saturday (8am-5pm). Closed on Sundays. Located 2 doors away from the original Decanter, within Damansara Heights. See this link for the Google Map. If coming from the Science Centre from Kiara highway, at the traffic light at the top of the hill, which is Persiaran Bukit Kiara, take a left hand turn onto Jalan Beringin, go straight and take a left at Jalan Setiakasih 5 when you see this sign that says Bukit Damansara. It's either the second or third turning on the left hand side. You will see the shophouses on the right hand side, The Bread Shop is next to M.M Mini Mart. )
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.
Others who have also visited here:
- Me, Myself & Tammy loves the minimalist look too.