Craft Bakers is a little bakery/cafe situated in Solaris Dutamas (just next door to Urban e Fresco). It produces mainly English and European type bread and other baked goods. Opened its door to the masses in February 2011, it already has a sizeable following, and some customers even willing to travel across the town for them.
It boasts a huge range of fresh sandwiches with various choices for homemade fillings, such as Chicken with Avocado, Salmon with Cream Cheese, Tuna and Mayo. All products are made with organic stoneground flour here, so it’s relatively guilt free.
They also make a variety of fresh patisseries, and I could see that the chocolate croissants are the crowd favourite as they are almost all gone by the time we got there (11.30am)! Definitely coming back to get some next time.
We were invited by Gandhi the proud owner of Craft Bakers for a little tasting session. Being completely nocturnal and a late riser, a morning session for me cannot be completed without a latte or two.
Craft bakers uses fair trade coffee and I was satisfied with the aroma and the body of the creamy latte. Definitely woke me up that morning.
We started with some sourdough bread to share. The starter for the sourdough has been around for 18 months. And they proof the dough for 48 hours. Always freshly baked in the morning, it’s best to call to order so they’ll reserve some for you. I tried a slice: It was dense and chewy with a vague hint of tartness. Perfect with some jam and butter. Or savoury filling of your choice. I’d love it with some Smashed Avo and Feta. Mmmm.
For lunch they also have hot items for sale such as these adorable mini pies, along with a variety of soups. Yes, these pies were partly responsible for my inspiration to make those Chicken Pies. Of course, they are a lot better looking than mine and I like how they decorated them with letters to denote the content.
I had the Chicken and Mushroom Pie first. The pastry was perhaps slightly denser than expected as I’m used to flaky puff pastry for pies but it’s still quite buttery and goes well with the filling. There were generous chunks of chicken and mushrooms which I like. Taste wise, it’s very standard “English”, letting the natural flavours of the ingredients come through, but adequately seasoned.
This was the Chicken and Vegetables Pie. Instead of mushrooms there were carrots, peas and potatoes with the chicken. But apart from that, the taste is almost identical to the other one. I prefer the Chicken and Mushrooms one that’s for sure. I didn’t try the Vegetable Pie but I could see that they had the same filling minus the chicken.
Last but definitely not the least, we were served a plate of scones and English tea cakes. The raisin scones, crumbly and light, are just textbook perfect. Would be better if these comes with clotted cream though. I’ve not actually had tea cakes before but according to Frank it was how it should be. Not very different from scones as they all had raisins in them, just slightly sweeter and firmer in texture. I found myself sneaking bites of them while deep in conversation.
The service was full of sunshine, which is a healthy contrast to the cool blue interior. If you like healthy and nutritious bread, try Craft bakers!
D2-G3-05, Solaris Dutamas,
No 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, , 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Mon – Fri: 07:30-18:00