Carpenter and Cook20.3.13
i've always been a cafe person but i don't think i cafe-hop as much as i would like to. with more and more coffee places sprouting up across the island, i decided i really want to visit one so the girlfriend and i settled on carpenter and cook, a 9 month old vintage themed bakery cafe/furniture homestore.
only three adjectives to describe the place - vintage, whimsical and somewhat eclectic. i fell in love at first sight! i don't usually use lots of filters on my phone camera images but the filters are so apt in this case so i used lots of them! didn't regret not bringing my DSLR out one bit because i think my phone takes better pictures sometimes!
i mean seriously, how not to love the place? lots of vintage eye candy - from suitcases to wall clocks and sewing-machine-turned-dining-table to enamel mugs and ladles.
as for the desserts, nothing very fanciful and definitely no entremets in sight. mostly rustic english ones like tea cakes, scones, quiches, tarts. but they were so prettily presented on vintage tiered cake stands it makes me wanna have dainty afternoon tea everyday!
possibly my favorite pic of the lot - berry financiers.
our drinks - cappuccino and latte. really silky smooth and so much better than many coffee places.
for desserts we ordered the lemon cream tart, passionfruit meringue tart and carrot cake. apart from the meringue being a little too watery and the carrot cake being too tiny for our liking, they were all awesome! their desserts are baked fresh in-house btw, unlike many cafes who usually outsource theirs.
some of the stuff they sell apart from furniture are tea sets, tea, homemade jams etc. i also spotted some vintage style paper doileys and plates which i'm contemplating whether to get them. i think i might just will, so i'll have an excuse to visit the cafe again :D
despite being a tuesday afternoon, the place was packed and bustling with activity! it was indeed a wonderful and laid back afternon, thank you A for the lovely company!