Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Tommy le Baker Boulangerie Pâtisserie @ Viva Residency, Jalan Ipoh KL

A (bread) gem just off Jalan Ipoh....

Hello.
*waves*

Sorry I haven't been updating :(
I'm back into the "Drowning in Work" mode again (to my despair) - this is really not where I imagined my new job would take me but *sigh* as much as I dislike this new imbalanced life, I am not one to shrug off responsibilities...

ANYWAY.....
:)
(Onwards to the food review and less bla bla bla)

I recently stumbled upon a little bakery, just off the main Jalan Ipoh area:
(Thank you BFM! - I was in the area running errands when I heard the interesting segment where they interviewed this very passionate baker, Tommy... His bakery was nearby, so I just had to go check it out)
Tommy's Bakery, hidden behind the trees....

It's such a small little place - with only about 4 tables available (as almost half the area is taken up by the large ovens/ equipment/ work area, but it's kinda nice because you can smell all the delicious breads and see Mr Tommy and his assistants hard at work.
(Mind you, it can get a bit warm in there though... and it's hard to get a table during peak hours)
Bake bake bake! Super bakers at work... :)....

They don't have much in terms of meal options, just a few sandwiches and a daily special - it was Chicken Croque Monsieur that day (RM 15.60):
Simple, classic French food....

To be completely fair, overall it was just ok:
Cons - Very normal (although fairly moist) slices of chicken, not quite enough of the cheese and bechamel sauce.
Pros - The sauce was creamy enough without being stodgy and MMMMMMM the sourdough bread is yummy! Crusty edges, so tasty with that nice hint of sour flavour.
(Would definitely order again if it's on the specials again)

I was already full at that point but nothing could stop me from having dessert. :D
(My eyes were definitely bigger that my stomach that day)

The Chocolate croissant (RM 4.90) caught my eye and I went for that:
The French pronounce it kwah-sonn....

I liked it enough, but unfortunately my expectations were way too high - was hoping for the same "OMGGGGGG It's so goooood" feeling that I got when I ate my first Pan Au Chocolate in Paris. :(
(The croissant at Tommy's isn't fragrant/ flakey/ crispy enough in comparison)

Still, it was definitely one of the better croissants in KL (that I've tasted so far, anyway).

(Another day, when I dropped by to buy more bread) I also tried the La Jaconde (RM 12) cake:
Yummy....

Luverly. :)
Moist layers of nutty sponge, chocolate and cream made for a delightful pairing with my cup of coffee... and what I loved most is that this dessert was just nice in terms of sweetness - a rarity in Malaysia where most times, the desserts are sweet enough to give you an immediate tooth ache and sugar high.
(There were also a few other tarts on display that looked really interesting - planning to stop by to try those soon)

Of course, being a bakery, there are a selection of breads (prices vary from RM 3 to RM 8 depending on the bread):
A simple thing but hard to get right....

There are not that many different types available but so far, so good. :)

I particularly like the sourdoughs (they have 3 types - Country, Farmer and Fruit) and have been making sandwiches for breakfast over the last few weeks.

A chunky slice of Tommy's Farmer's sourdough (RM 8 for a whole loaf) topped with Gouda cheese, smoked pork loin slice and tomatoes, lightly toasted - a great way to start the day:
My stacked breakfast....

As much as I am a typical Asian (I love rice. LURVE it), the foodie in me really enjoys good bread.... and boy am I glad I found Tommy's. :)

OK. Now I gotta get back to work. :(

Take care y'all!


Hugs,
J

So it's: Small but delicious range of delicious French breads and some pastries, a few sandwiches and hot meals (daily special) BUT there's only 4 tables for "dine in" and when there is a sudden surge of customers, service level drops (altho it remains friendly - aiya. Just don't be so fussy n wait your turn la ok? There's only 3 of them manning the shop and baking at the same time)......



CONTACT INFO:

Tommy le Baker Boulangerie Pâtisserie @ Viva Residency, Jalan Ipoh KL

B-0-7 Viva Residency,
378, Jalan Ipoh
(Opposite KLPAC)


Telephone No.: 03- 4043 2546
Opening Hours:
Tues - Fri, 10am - 8pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday , 10am - 6pm
(Closed on Monday)


Official website: Click HERE

NO PORK SERVED



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11 comments:

Sean said...

hope the workload clears up really soon! but if it doesn't, hope you're being tremendously well-compensated for it! :D

Michelle Chin said...

i normally have rice for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

looks good hor;)

J said...

to Sean:
I hope so too. Sigh.
(And don't get me started on the compensation. SIGH)

to Michelle Chin:
Rice - the breakfast of champions! :)

to Ciki:
It issssss. Go try out their carbs - they're worth it :)

Chaokar said...

ping me when u're there again. i live upstairs saja.

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London removals said...

I don't know which thing I find the most attractive on those pictures, how do you manage to discover the always good spots for eating?

J said...

to Chaokar:
Ooh I didn't know! :)
OK will ping u the next time I'm there for my bread fix - haven't caught up with u for AGES.

to Anonymous:
Thanks :)

to London Removals:
Trial and error, mostly :)

tj said...

eh JQ, how is it pork free if the farmer's sourdough has smoked pork loin? O_o;

J said...

To tJ: cos I added it! That's my brekkie at home, the next day, after buying the bread :) (Don't worry. The bakery/cafe has not a smidgen of non halalness...)

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