Bread is just one of those things that gives everyone a bit of satisfaction. It’s both comforting and delicious and can be enjoyed in so many different ways.
We’re absolutely addicted to the smell of freshly baked bread. Nothing compares to holding a warm crusty loaf in your hands and breaking it open to devour its goodness. The beautiful crust with the soft chewy insides just beckons for you to have more.
Whether you’re crazy for croissants or bananas over buns, we’ve rounded up our favourite 5 bakeries to help you satisfy your bread cravings.
1. Tommy Le Baker, Jalan Ipoh
It’s always a challenge to find authentic French breads in Malaysia. They’re either adapted to our palate which gives them a slight sweetness or the texture is off due to the humidity. Tommy Le Baker has changed this though with his wonderful offerings. The breads here are as true to the French style breads as can be possibly done here. The croissants are buttery and flaky while the baguettes are crusty and have a good sound when lightly knocked on. Another great find in this little spot are the lovely loaves of sourdough bread. Tommy believes in a long fermentation process and he feeds his starter atta flour, the kind used to make capati. Apart from breads, this café offers sandwiches, pastries, and fruit tarts. This is a worthy spot to drop in and grab a bite to eat as you listen to a bit of French radio and have a chat with the exuberant Tommy.
Unit B-0-7, Viva Residency, 378 Jalan Ipoh, 03 4043 2546
2. Hiestand, Mont Kiara and Bangsar Village
The sun-dried tomato bread here is to die for! This crusty loaf is so good on it’s own and even better when broken off and dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Aside from this bread in particular you can find an entire range of grain breads, sourdough breads, and other baked goodies. Hiestand is a Swiss Gourmet bakery that specializes in European goodies that are made with high quality natural raw ingredients. Another great find here are the bagels, which are chewy, and doughy, especially lovely slathered with cream cheese. Sit in the café and order one of their sandwiches or breakfast specials and enjoy it all with a cup of coffee. The smell of freshly baked bread will keep you on an all time high.
Visit http://www.hiestand.com.my to find the one closest to you.
3.The Bread Shop, Damansara Heights
Tucked away in Damansara Heights there’s this cosy little bakery offering delicious baked delights. Everything made here is without preservatives and artificial substances and on Wednesdays and Saturdays they even have organic bread available. In keeping with the health spin they have a special bread known as broom bread that is packed with grains that are meant to sweet your digestive system clean. Fun name for a loaf of bread! If you’re into sweet pastries go for the cinnamon roll or the chocolate croissant. These are seriously good! One thing to note is that this spot is not child friendly. The space is small so maneuvering with a pram might be a problem and there aren’t any baby chairs. If you have tiny tots we suggest stopping in to pack some goodies and enjoy them in the comfort of your home. This wonderful bakery also offers yummy hot chocolate that compliments their tasty croissants and pastries perfectly. A definite must-try for chocoholics.
11, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Damansara Heights, 03 2093 8734
4.Bread Aroma, Plaza Damas
If all you’re after is great bread and you’re not looking for a café to enjoy it in, this is the spot to visit. This is the type of bakery where you buy your weekly supply of bread as the quality is high and prices are low. When you step in all you’ll find are breads stacked on shelves, a payment counter, and behind the counter, machines that are responsible for making the bread. Everything here is fresh and you’ll find the staples. If you’re in the mood for a treat go for the pesto ciabatta, which is full of flavour, or the croissants that are buttery and flaky. Yum!
Plaza Damas Level G, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
5. Levain, Jalan Delima, Off Imbi
This beautiful bungalow houses a popular bakery and restaurant. Here, the breads and pastries are baked fresh daily using natural yeast and made in a traditional stone oven that gives a unique flavour and texture to the goodies. Enjoy the historic charm of the building as you take in the ambience while enjoying your meal. This is the perfect inner city getaway; because once you’re here you’ll feel your stresses melt away. At Levain you’ll be spoilt for choice as they have over 60 types of baked goods. You won’t know where to start! We personally like the butter roll that is rich and full of fatty goodness, as well as the orange peel rye bread that has a sensuous aroma. Another great find is the cereal baguette, which is both crusty and nutty, perfect for making sandwiches with.
No.7 Jalan Delima, 03 2142 6611
Another one worth mentioning is The Bakery at Ukay Heights. Their croissants and wholegrain breads are pretty good. If you prefer not to venture down to KL, they also have another branch in Sri Hartamas.
Ukay Heights. Jalan Chong Koon Lin, (after ISKL make a left turn after the SPCA)
03 4260 1606. No 17 Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, Taman Sri Hartamas, KL, 03 620 333 54