The Carpenter's Daughter

March 23, 2012

Bakery-cafes are a dime a dozen in most neighborhoods now, but it's still encouraging to encounter a cheerful one that takes the craft of baking seriously, offering bread made daily with ingredients like organic flour, rock salt & olive oil.

The dine-in menu is limited, but this club sandwich _ sourdough bread with turkey ham, cheese & egg (RM14.90, no service charge!) _ showcases something simple but satisfying. Customers can also choose focaccia, panini or batard for their sandwiches.

Shepherd's pie, potato-hearty & meat-flavorsome. The Carpenter's Daughter also offers a breakfast menu that features French toast, omelets & more, but that's only available through 11:30am. The early bird gets the Eggs Benedict.

Pasta has a prominent place on the menu, though the options are unadventurous. Nevertheless, we can't really complain about the spaghetti vongole (RM17.90) ...

... or the beef bolognese (RM15.90), which boasts kitchen-made tomato sauce.

Cupcakes in paper cups, very cute. The Red Velvet (RM4.50) contains real beetroot, cocoa powder, free-range eggs, brown sugar & premium butter, though the result might not be as decadent-tasting as some customers prefer.

Dark Belgian chocolate brownie (RM8.90), a dense one served warm. Relatively healthy, not as cloyingly sugary as versions elsewhere. Other desserts here include brioche puddings, apple pies & lemon meringues.

Plenty of bread & pastries are available. That's what we should aim for next time.

All in all, we'd probably recommend this cozy hangout, but be patient with the staff _ they might operate a little slower than expected. Also note that some items such as scones run out by the evening, since they're produced fresh everyday.

The Carpenter's Daughter,
46G, Jalan USJ 10/1E, Taipan, Subang Jaya.
Open daily, 9am through at least 9:30pm.