Location: 19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
Style: café and home décor store, light eats available.
When: A few days after their soft launch on 8 June.
Why: We needed a light lunch, and we were excited to see the space, having been privy to their titillating posts on Facebook.
What: We had a pear almond loaf (S$5), sandwich (ham & lettuce) (S$9.5), iced chocolate (S$6) and flat white (S$4.8). [Before we left, we also packed a passionfruit meringue (S$5.8).]
Thoughts: Carpenter and Cook is not just a café. It is a home décor store filled with vintage goodies. The visual branding of the place is resolutely and delicious retro. It starts the moment you set your eye on the store, when you see their vintage china on display under an old “Patisserie” sign. It continues when you step into the store and find your feet upon mosaic tiles that people just do not take the trouble to lay these days.
We really liked Carpenter and Cook’s interior styling – the fancy china, the eclectic selection of chairs and tables, and paraphernalia from another era (check-writers; typewriters; clocks, analog radios, weighing scales; enamel tin cups; machines we do not recognise). The logo and packaging also fit well with the visual identity. I especially love the aprons the staff were wearing. Siew managed to check the price of the home-made jams for our readers (S$12.5) while I spotted lovingly packed bags of cookies.
You will have a choice of tables – long, thin wooden tables where you can knock knees with your other half, or where the whole group can crowd upon; little round tables perfect for an afternoon tea with two of your best friends, or small marble-top tables for two, set upon the legs of an old Singer sewing machine. (PS. The last item is on sale for S$580, and we think that’s a fair buy.)
The pear almond loaf was very good, and perhaps as a result of comparison, the sandwich, while competently done, did not seem special. We were asked our feedback of the place, and Siew (belatedly) thought of a solution for the iced chocolate being too clumpy – have bigger straws! That said, they use nice Valrhona chocolate powder.
Other than selling the furniture on site, they also provide dessert tables, styling services, vintage props and décor for photography shoots.
Parting notes: Shush to all those who complain the west of Singapore does not have any nice café. Carpenter and Cook will officially open this coming Saturday (16 June 2012), amidst a vintage-themed party.
The people behind Carpenter and Cook already had some coverage in the Business Times, even before they opened. I think that’s a great start for a lovely store.
More information: There is no GST or service charge, and it seems best to check their opening hours via their Facebook page, in case it changes. As for getting there, people taking the bus should find their way to one of the stops along Jalan Jurong Kechil, while those driving can either park along Lorong Kilat, or at the public car park where Upper Bukit Timah Road meets Chun Tin Road.