That Heavenly Slumber @ b.e.d. (Bread Espresso Dessert)October 6, 2012 | 17,300 views
Bread Espresso Dessert (B.E.D.) specializes in freshly-brewed coffee; decorated with coffee art by a self-taught barista to lift that aesthetic element beyond the usual cup of coffee served in conventional cafes.
And as Lady Luck would have it, good news come in droves. The emergence of Burps & Giggles; an all-day chillax hangout in old town of Ipoh has set the cafe scene in Ipoh on fire once more.
Or at least, we now have another cafe that opens throughout the day and does not close on weekends.
Of floral motives, flavoured latte and quiches.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to recommend this new place named … Bread Espresso Dessert (nicked B.E.D); a two months old cafe situated in Bandar Ipoh Raya; the business centre near to Bangunan Perak, YMCA and Taman Dr Seenivasagam (locals call this D.R. Park) ….
Three passionate youngsters formed the formidable trio behind the brand; Shi Yun is the bread maestro. CY Mok the barista. And Elaine the designated desserts specialist.
Hence, the clever acronym of B.E.D.
After all, if home is where the heart is, the bed’s definitely the aorta of the house!
Cupcakes, brownies, creme brulee, pies, tarts, cakes …etc. The list is not exhaustive, yet the brains behind their creations are constantly greased to churn out diverse choices of pastries and desserts to please the fans.
The croissant-like House Bread (RM2 for a plain one, extra condiments and fillings charged separately), and French toast (unlike the Hong Kong’s interpretation with peanut butter, honey and butter) are but two of their most famous breads. The Salmon Quiche (RM6/USD2) and Chicken Quiche (RM4.50/USD1.50) are two of the savouries on display that afternoon.
Finding a parking space on a Saturday afternoon was a walk in the park. But apparently, as Elaine exclaimed, the entire vicinity can be pretty congested come weekdays, due to the many government offices, law firms and other retail/wholesale businesses.
Since their business hours are a little awkward; from 11am until 5.30pm daily (except Tuesdays), I’d imagine that this cafe will take off during late afternoon tea breaks, or a late brunch on weekends.
Coconut & Pineapple Frangipane (RM7.80/USD2.60) – A beautifully-married flavours of lightly-sweetened pineapple cubes and coconut.
The selection of fresh breads, pastries and desserts might not set one’s tongue a-wagging, yet in what they do; it’s apparent that they do inject a bountiful dose of zest and passion into their works.
Take for instance, my cup of hazelnut latte (other choices of flavoured lattes include amaretto, caramel and vanilla) with brewed to a beautiful consistency; lightly-foamed and capped off with a simple coffee art. Only lament was the sweetness level which I believe could have been reduced; but I did suspect that the hazelnut syrup was the culprit in this.
When Elaine walked over and told the story behind their pride of a 2-months old establishment, her eyes sparkled and clearly they were still in the midst of drawing in the crowd; given the rather secluded location and lack of a certain pull factor; as opposed to cafes located in prime areas like Greentown.
Elaine and Mok having a casual banter while packing the house breads for a customer.
The menu …or rather, the selection of pastries and desserts (since there isn’t a menu to begin with) changes on a daily basis. It all depends on the creator’s mood; in this case Shi Yun for the breads and Elaine for the sweets.
The Chicken Quiche I had was a passable affair; being more of a light snack than a meal on its own; studded with broccoli, tomatoes and button mushrooms. The Frangipane (blueberry and coconut/pineapple were available today) fared much better; with a lovingly-buttery crust and the right proportion for tea time.
Not contented with what I could down on my own (I seriously need to recruit ‘makan kaki’ here in Ipoh), I decided to take home a few more items from the counter; the blueberry frangipane, their signature Mont Blanc Tart (RM5/USD1.80) with chestnut puree atop custard and cake, and their own rendition of Hokkaido cake; made famous by RT Pastry House in Klang Valley.
If say, you can’t fathom the thought of downing fast food or kopitiam food (the air-conditioned kind) anymore during the odd hours between lunch and dinner, why don’t you give B.E.D. a try?
Bread Espresso Dessert (Facebook page) (pork-free)
No. 3, Medan Istana 6,
Bandar Ipoh Raya,
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel No : +605-241 1948
Business Hours : 11.00am – 5.30pm
Closed on Tuesdays.
GPS Coordinates : 4.606129,101.080875
Directions : Coming from the Bulatan Sultan Iskandar (Anderson Roundabout) towards YMCA’s direction, after passing by Taman Dr Seenivasagam (DR Park) and YMCA on your LEFT, slow down and turn LEFT into the business area Bandar Ipoh Raya. You will find Bread Espresso Dessert towards the end of the square, when you can see Bangunan Perak (the purple-roof building) within a distance.