Official Website: http://www.freshlybaked.com.sg/
Address: 57 Killiney Road, Singapore 239520
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 8am-8pm, Sat: 8am-6pm, Sun: 8am-2.30pm
Budget: About $10 per person
Recommendations: Sandwiches, Brunch Sets
Remember I previously mentioned that I was on a Sandwich Hunt in Singapore? Well, here’s another ‘hidden’ find I stumbled upon: Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux!
Seated in a corner along Killiney Road, Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux (FB in short) is just a stone’s throw away from Orchard Central. What distinguishes it from the other cafes in town is that their artisan homemade breads are freshly baked on site. We popped by FB for brunch on a weekend and were immediately greeted by the aroma of freshly baked bread upon entering.
Their menu offers a wide selection of sandwiches that caters to both meat lovers (eg. Ham & Cheese, BLT, Smoked Salmon) and vegetarians (eg. Veggie Supreme). These come with a lunch set option ($10.90 inclusive of soup and drink), which is extremely value-for-money compared to other eateries in town. Normal western-style Brunch sets comprising scrambled eggs, bacon and toasts are also available.
As SG Boy was ravenous, he chose the Brunch Set ($10.90) that came with Bacon, Scrambled Egg, Salad and 2 slices of Thick Toasts (shown in pic above). He was served their famous Walnut Raisin Toast, as well as the Multigrain Cereal Toast.
On the other hand, I went for the Veggie Supreme sandwich ($7.20) that comprised lots & lots of fresh vegetables sandwiched between 2 thick slices of toasted Multigrain Bread. Unlike other places, they’re really generous with their sandwich fillings! On a previous visit, I tried their Smoked Salmon Sandwich and was pleasantly surprised to find endless slices of smoked salmon in the sandwich. This time, my sandwich was overflowing with so much vegetables that the thick toasts struggled to hold them together. The thin layer of butter spread, together with the huge serving of vegetables, made me feel really happy (and healthy) eating it. :D
Now for the downside. Although their homemade bread should have been the star of the show, I felt that it paled in comparison to Bread Yard‘s version. As such, I actually enjoyed the sandwich fillings more than the bread itself. Don’t get me wrong, their bread is still good. It’s just that the crusts were a little hard and I had difficulty biting into them. Perhaps I would have enjoyed them better if I had ordered soup to dip them in.
Also, ambience-wise, I feel that FB isn’t the most romantic place to bring a girlfriend on a first date (HAHA). Neither is it the kind of place that students would want to study in since it’s not air-conditioned. (If you’re looking for these, together with good sandwiches, I’d suggest heading to Bread Yard.) However, FB is the kind of place I think my parents would love; I can totally imagine them sitting there and whiling their afternoon away with delicious bread and coffee.
Although the place was slightly lacking in ambience (or maybe Gen Y people like us can’t appreciate it yet), we felt that the food was easily comparable, or even better, than those served in many other overpriced brunch places in town. Hence, I would recommend FB to those in search of a quick (& somewhat healthy) bite in town without breaking their bank, or for office workers who are looking for a quiet place to hold tea time meetings.
PS. There seem to be many raving reviews about their pastries (which we didn’t try). So perhaps you might want to save some space for dessert if you happen to be there! ;)