Good news for those who live in the East. The latest bakery/cafe to open in retro-vibed Tanjong Katong Road is Do.Main Bakery, a casual Paris-infused cafe serving fine French pastries and bakes, great coffee and a small menu of good light French dishes. It is owned and helmed by French chef Frederic Deshayes, who used to head up the pastry department at At-Sunrice culinary academy so you can be sure the pastries and cakes here will be good and authentic. A bonus — it’s open at 8am. Perfect for an early breakfast, especially for those who do the morning school run.
Have the royal chocolate cake ($8), comprising a rich, intense mousse with a light almond crunch, and the most delectable lemon cream tart, with its light smooth curd held within a square of delicate pastry. The delicate little cream puffs dotted with nuts were also absolutely delightful. I didn’t try the apple tart but it’s apparently one of the chef’s favourites, so that goes down as a must-try too.
Do.Main offers a small but focused range of savoury dishes too, in collaboration with Baroque Grill and Christophe Megel, who part-owns this cafe. Prices are very reasonable, and the food is very good. The charcuterie platter ($20) is great for sharing, featuring kurobuta ham and generous mounds of duck and pistachio pate, and an excellent rabbit rillette that flaked off moistly, served with crusty housemade bread.
The “Tartiflette” baked rate potatoes with Reblochon cheese and bacon ($16) was rich and sinful, the moderately strong goat cheese sumptuously melted, and making a tasty counterpoint to the baked potatoes. I liked the relatively light croque Monsieur (S$8), puffy soft bread and a thin crusty layer of melted cheese and dotted with some sunflower seeds, and the soft cooked eggs served with bread sticks. But the best of all for me was the cassoulette of Bourguignon snails with tomato fondue ($16), dripping with buttery, herb-laden sauce and begging to be mopped up by lots of crusty bread.
226 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: +65 63481406