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Carpenter and Cook

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#01-06 19 Lorong Kilat Singapore 598120
 
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Listing created by Averlynn Lim on December 16, 2012    

They both sell coffees, cakes and pastries and breads and retail vintage and retro items in their shop at the same time. The theme of the cafe is vintage where you'll be served with vintage cutlery. 

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Dainty and Posh

One thing that I instantly fell in love with when I saw Carpenter and Cook is the overall interior design. Adopting a vintage kind of feel, with wooden cupboards and exquisite floor papers, which made the whole place feel really nice and cosy. And also the lighting of the place was not too bright, which felt good, but bad for photos. Not only is it a café, it also serves as a vintage shop. So if you see anything you like, you can actually just buy it for yourself!

Selling mostly pastries and desserts, this perhaps isn't the best place to go if you want to have a full hearty meal. After considering, I bought the croissant and rolled bun, along with earl grey. In terms of food quality, it's pretty average, nothing exceptional or worth mentioning. However, it was simply lovely that they serve their food and drinks is dainty british cups, which made me feel very posh.

Carpenter and Cook is an overall great place to check out, especially if you are into vintage china and all things dainty. But is it worth a revisit? Maybe.

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Average Spent Per Person:
14
Best Part:
Good ol' British Vibes
Branch Location:
Bukit Timah
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Only for the cafe lovers

My friends and I were truly excited when we finally had time to head down to Carpenter and Cook. We've had people raving about it so we had really high expectations. However, my experience there was a disappointment.

Like most cafes, their food items are overpriced. I had a raspberry and banana brownie together with iced chocolate and they were so expensive. They didn't even taste superbly nice. We had also ordered a lemon meringue cake in advance as a birthday surprise for my friend. While my friends loved it, I thought it was too sweet and got jelat of it very fast.

However, I really liked the interior of the cafe. It had a vintage and antique feel to it which was very unique. Nonetheless, it's not a cafe you'd want to visit for a proper meal. If you're a cafe lover, this would be a great cafe. If you're a food lover, not so much.

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Great on a weekday

I came here on a weekday and i absolutely love how empty the area was and how easy it was to find parking right outside the shop. The shop has a very nice vibe and the owners put in real effort to make it stand out from any other cafes around Singapore. It is also nice that the cafe is in a neighbourhood that feels like time has stopped. Just check out the clinic beside it, its so bare and old school i think a ghost film can be filmed there.

So anyway, the tarts are very decent and the coffee is decent too. This is more of a tart and cake place so i don't expect life altering coffee.

I came here again on a weekend and it was quite a nightmare. There were no parking space nearby (walking is not for me) and the cafe was full! So yeah, i left.

I didn't find this place pretentious as it looks so rustic and charming. Or perhaps, i'm pretentious, or perhaps you and you visiting are all pretentious since there is a certain group of people these cafes are targeting. So perhaps, maybe people out there who find such a place pretentious should go to a aircon free down to earth kopitiam or upgrade yourself a little and have a cake at toast box. Cheers.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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(Updated: June 19, 2013)

Nice branding, fab decor but that's all

Like all the other N cafes popping around our little island, this cafe is no different. Serving cakes, tarts and coffee while trying to differentiate itself by selling things that are available in the shop. The problem with this is that every cafe tries so hard to "differentiate" themselves (e.g chye seng huat hardware) they all end up looking pretentious most of the time and just unnecessary. Though I have to admit that the decor at C&C is nice looking and all but really, does anyone buy those stuff?? Ok enough of digressing, hahaha

I visited C&C because my friend raved about the passionfruit tart. The tart was spikey (reminded me of the Esplanade) and the inside was creamy and sweet. I was hoping for more of a tangy punch!! It was just average in my opinion. It costs around $7 if I remember correctly. Quite pricey for a small tart but isn't that what all cafes charge? I don't get the hype of this place at all.. Service is slow and impolite and the place is really inaccessible. If you know where Kim's Family Restaurant is, C&C is just further up. If you don't have your own mode of transport, I think it would be really difficult to come to this place so I would suggest to not even come here at all! Save your time, money, energy and of course calories (for something else better)!

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Am I missing out something

Or does places like this just shouldn't visit?

I think it's the latter.

I came here because the signage, the outlook, the decor of this place from the outside looked deliciously promising. I could try being fancy for a day so I did go in and god was I disappointed.

I truly dislike pastry-dominated cafes and this was one of them. No solid food. Just tiresome pastry after pastry. But since I was there, I decided to try their lemon scone.

I thought having a fun date for the night would help. WRONG. It tasted terrible. It was very tiresome and I made my date try it. And even he couldn't finish it for me. When two persons cannot finish one scone, you know something is terrible.

I left and never looked back.

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Recommend to Friend:
No
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I'm sorry.. But I don't get it...

Like many others, I paid a trip to Carpenter and Cook after reading raving reviews about it, and I'm really sorry, but I don't get it. Perhaps it was because it was especially crowded that day, but I do not feel that that should count as a valid reason for my disappointing experience.

The setting was definitely unique with all the antique furniture but the ambience was completely destroyed by the crowds and squeeze I was subjected to that day. If operating at full capacity leads to a huge compromise on the dining experience, then that doesn't seem very fair to the paying customer, given the fact that it is marketing itself as a 'cozy cafe for a nice relaxing meal'. I couldn't appreciate the setting as my vision was filled with more people than furniture.

I thought my disappointing first impression could at least be mitigated by the supposedly 'awesome' food but well, it did not. I can barely remember what I ordered that day though the lengthy wait I had to endure before each tiny pastry arrived never escapes my memory. The food wasn't spectacular, it was just decent.

Service was also not up to par. It seemed as if the staff there were more interested in chatting with their regulars and friends than attending to other customers or sharing with them more about the menu. It was an experience I would really like to forget.

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Average Spent Per Person:
30
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(Updated: January 17, 2013)

Place of comfort

After all the raving reviews of Carpenter and Cook, I finally made my way down to the small and cozy cafe. I simply love the place for its vintage furnishings, giving the cafe that nostalgic feel.

We order the Passionfruit Meringue Tart and Lemon Drizzle, and peppermint tea to go along. The Passionfruit Meringue Tart was indeed unique in terms of its spiky appearance. With the meringue so wonderfully done - firm enough on the outside, and creamy on the inside. The taste of sweetness from the passionfruit curd is so beautifully captured in the flaky crust.

The Lemon Drizzle, on the other hand, looks so much less eye-catching. The flavour in that small piece of cake is just so rich, but I felt that it was a little too sweet for my liking.

Nonetheless, the ambience is just perfect for any day of the week. Oh, and the idea of sharing tables and getting to know fellow cafe lovers! Or just sitting in with a hot drink and a good book. The simple moments of one's life that's worth living for.

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Nice!

Carpenter and Cook is a small cosy cafe in Bukit Timah with vintage interiors. Some of the decorative items on display are actually on sale though they are not cheap. However, it is interesting to just walk around the cafe and take a look at the items they have on display. If you are a vintage fan, you might actually appreciate this cafe even more.

Their chocolate sea salt caramel tart is pretty good! The heavenly mixture of sweet and salty is indeed delicious! The smooth, creamy caramel and the buttery tart makes this dessert so unforgettable. The most chocolatey chocolate cake is very chewy and very chocolatey. The portion is rather huge too. It was almost chocolate overload that day but I'm not complaining.

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vintage ambience

I gave my sister a birthday celebration surprise there, knowing that she loved anything vintage & she was so delighted! We spent hours appreciating the vintage displays and there was meticulous details in every aspect. From the namecards to the the serviettes to the toilet, everything was in theme! We especially loved the dainty floral-printed teapots and rugged vintage patterned flooring. Great for taking photographs!

Up for sale which are used as displays are vintage typewriters, telephones, cameras, weighing machines, luggages, tables, chairs and even wooden horses! It was a useful concept whereby revenue will not only be earned from the cafe items but also from the sale of vintage items.

The staff can seem more approachable though, they were really pretty but were very hostile and glared at us from head to toe when we stepped into the cafe. We tried the mushroom quiche and latte. It was above average but maybe we were just too fascinated with the lovely plate and cutlery it was served in!

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Average Spent Per Person:
8
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Adorable.

The decor in this cafe is a throwback to more romantic, more dreamy times. Stepping into the cafe, you would feel like you had entered a time machine that has transported you back in time, all the way back to the olden days of British colonization. Entering the cafe really felt like Alice falling down the rabbit-hole. Dressed in modern, updated clothes and clutching my smartphone in one hand, I felt slightly out of place in such a cutesy, vintage setting!

They retail the most remarkable retro little items that are absolutely adorable. From little vintage typewriters (which I absolutely love) to items with intricate and gorgeous floral decals like cutlery, I was absolutely astounded by the authenticity of it all. I was completely fascinated by the items (being a very easily fascinated person) and could not stop looking at them and playing with them. However, they were on the pricey side, so unfortunately, I had to leave the store with nothing in tow.

Well actually, I did leave the store with something - a full stomach. I tried the desserts there and although the portion sizes were inadequate to satisfy a glutton like me, the taste far made up for it. The cake simply melted in my mouth and I was delighted with each and every food order. Indulging in these little delicacies in such a vintage setting, I felt like Marie Antoinette somehow.

Quirky concept, beautiful place, great food.

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