Happy January, readers! Thinking of enjoying a hearty brunch to start off the new year a bang? This this episode of cafe review, I’ve got just the perfect environment for you!
15 Queen Street #01-03
Mon – Thu: 10am – 8pm
Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat: 8am – 10pm
Sun: 8am – 8pm
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis
Located along the bustling Bugis Street is a fine bakery that provides all-day dining to the heartlanders. Asanoya’s story began in 1933, when it first installed a Spanish-made stone oven in Japan. A dine-in area was introduced within the shop, serving customers with freshly made bread and making it the first bakery to do so.
Today, Asanoya has expanded its operations to many Japanese cities, not excluding its café in Singapore, preserving its authentic tasty essence found in every slice of Asanoya bread.
Step inside the franchise outlet to be greeted by a spread of beautiful breakfasts, decadent brunches, snacks and drinks. You can also bring the Asanoya experience home with a range of exclusive spreads, dips and oils right in the store.
Get ready to be spoilt for choice with artisanal teas, sandwiches, and a huge variety of breads placed behind the glass panels. The front display is clean and organized, and customers are assisted with much efficiency and positive service.
After you’ve placed your orders, head to the counter to make your final orders and payment. I’ve decided to dine-in to various desserts and snacks while packing some away for breakfast the next day. Don’t worry, as long as you consume it soon enough, the freshness will still be sealed in!
Here, you can choose your preferred seats and dine under the natural sunlight shining through the glass panes – a perfect set-up for foodies taking snapshots for their social media sites. Be it a gathering with family, friends or even your clients, it’s a nice and spacious environment to chat over a cup of tea.
Help yourselves to the cutleries, serviettes and a water dispenser as and when you like. If you’d like to warm up your cakes or soups, head to the side counter where the staff will assist you in a jiffy.
Chocolate Lava Cube ($4.5)
First up, we tried the adorable, squared chocolate lava cake as labelled under the Chef’s Recommendation. Surely we can’t miss out such a treat! They also come in other flavours such as Green Tea. Add an optional scoop of Haagen Dazs ice cream to make your day sweeter.
We sliced the cube and witnessed the thick, gooey lava oozing out of the chewy dessert. The chocolate was overflowing and worth every single penny spent.
Karuizawa Green Tea – 0.16kg ($4.2)
Ordered a portion of a Green Tea bread loaf for takeaway. Can you believe that the white swirls of the bread contain lovely white chocolate as opposed to the Green Tea flavours?
Fruit Rye – half ($6.5)
Quoted by The Straits Times, “The fruit rye, a round rye loaf with a gorgeous crust, has a lovely depth of flavour and is filled with bits of orange peel, plump rum-infused raisins, walnuts and almonds.” You can spread it with a block of butter or simply consume it on its own.
Bonjour – Cheese ($3.0) & Chocolate ($2.8)
Sink your teeth into the Bonjour Series of cheese and chocolate buns that contain lots of fluff and flavour.
Sandwich – Prawn Avocado ($7.0)
Fancy a cold seafood sandwich? Give the prawn avocado sandwich a try and you might just like it.
Curry Donut ($3.0)
I was assisted by a man whom I believed was the manager of the franchise outlet. He recommended the crispy Curry Donut wrapped with curry fillings. It wasn’t too spicy and tingled my taste buds a little.
Mushroom Quiche ($6.0)
Another recommendation was the Mushroom Quiche that had a strong mushroom essence and an abundance of chopped mushroom slices. I usually don’t fancy quiches but this was soft, tasty and worth the calories.
Financier – Maple (FREE)
I believe that if you’ve completed a minimum spending of about $20+, Asanoya would throw in a free gift of bread sticks. Not just any ordinary bread sticks but they were sweet, soft and I honestly loved it! Even though it might have been complimentary, I wouldn’t mind purchasing it for my next visit.
Here is my overall rating of the café.
Would I visit the café again? This is a definite yes! I would love to bring my family to Asanoya for the next visit. The café layout is spacious and clean, the breads are fresh and large in variety, service was pleasing and prices were not too marked up. You pay for the quality of food consumed.