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Newly opened this November (2013), this bakery is a specialty retailer of Japanese European style artisan bread.
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impressive artisanal bread
I walked past Duke Bakery while shopping with a friend at CityLink Mall, and was drawn to the interior of the store – lit display cases and high loaves of bread, complete with a chandelier. My friend told me there were free samples, so in true-blue Singaporean fashion we went in.
First we were told that they stopped giving away free samples, but we couldn’t resist the aromatic smell of freshly baked bread. They specialise in artisanal bread, featuring typical flavours like chocolate and cheese, but also more exotic flavours like yam, orange and wolfberry. We picked out the Chocolate Bun, Crown and Hokkaido Azuki and Milk Toast. The staff there were all very quick and professional, and we had our bread ready promptly. All their bakes were light and fluffy, and the filling was very generous. My personal favourite was the Chocolate Bun, which was filled with rich, bittersweet chocolate.
Duke Bakery is fast becoming one of my favourite bakeries for bread, but their bread schedule makes it a little inconvenient for me to buy a specific kind of bread. Thankfully, their bakes are pretty healthy, so I won’t feel so bad leaving the store with bags full of their bread.
Expensive but oh-so-good artisanal bread.
A defining trait of this brand is the little baskets of samples in front of their bread selections. The very first time I walked in, I tried almost all the bread and bought at least 7 types of bread. My tummy smiled, but my wallet cried.
My favourite bread from the bakery is the Chocola Cheese, with sweet and savoury notes merging into an orgasmic concoction of doughy goodness. With cream cheese lining the bread, the cheese is evenly spread out all around. Even better if you can pop it in the oven for a short while just before eating, so as to get a crispy crust and softer cheese!
Other great selections include their chocolate buns, and the Hokkaido Double Cheese which is perfect for cheese lovers. The next time you see a Duke Bakery around, don’t just take their samples, buy these bread home too! You won’t regret it. ;)
Duke Bakery's display of bread and its marketing are impressive. By allowing customers to sample their bread with no obligation to buy, it looks like a dangerous tactic in Singapore. However, I understood their rationale as soon as I tasted my first sample. The bread was really good and it compelled me to buy a bag of Chocolate Buns.
Boring it may sound, it tasted great. The dark brown exterior of the buns yielded easily to pressure and held their weight in the mouth, giving a solid feel. The bread was very slightly savoury, a good support for the sweet, rich chocolate filling. This was not cream adulterated with chocolate but actual melted chocolate which I imagine would solidify in the refrigerator if I kept it in there. I didn't. Melted chocolate is always better.
Another bread that I intend to purchase in the near future is the Chocolate and Cheese. I had a sample of it and it was truly remarkable how the marginally salty cream cheese harmonised with the strong (dark?) chocolate. The result was a luscious, gooey eruption of flavour and mouthfeel that is difficult to describe but divine to experience.
Chocolate lover that I am, I focused on the breads containing chocolate and neglected the others so I cannot really review the other items.
This is a bakery that is not afraid to give free samples, knowing that its products are good enough to snare your patronage. I am impressed.
Great Tasting Bread
What attracts customers to this outlet is the opportunity to sample the different types of bread. The shop decor is also different as it's dark in colour compared with other bakeries which are usually bright and airy.
My first taste of their bread was at the Bedok Point outlet when they just opened. I loved their Hokkaido lychee bread and bought 1 with an opening promotion discount. Unfortunately, they're not producing it anymore. Their various types of chocolate bread, garlic,cheese and durian bread also taste good.
Their latest outlet is at Citylink Mall which was just opened before National Day. The new flavour is curry, which tastes very good. My latest purchase is Swiss Chocolate bread, which tastes just nice, not too bitter or sweet. If you prefer sweet chocolate, go for black beans which is 5 small chocolate buns in 1 pack. Otherwise, try their other types of chocolate breads.