The trend for Basque Burnt Cheesecakes and Cheese Tarts had came and went, but was pretty surprised to be able to find a stall that only serves the two afore-mentioned items and more at Lau Pa Sat. Butter & Cream Bakery is a pretty new addition to the hawker centre, which has seen quite a number of new stalls serving pretty hipster cuisine having moved in to its premises ever since office workers have started to gradually return to their workplaces. What truly was a pretty sight is how they have lined their display counter with a wide variety of muffins — something which we found rather enticing despite the various types of egg tarts (they do have a Chocolate Egg Tart and a Salted Egg Lava Tart) and basque burnt cheesecakes that they have to offer. The items are pretty reasonably priced as well; the highest-priced being the Basque Burnt Cheesecake at $6.80.

Couldn’t resist to temptation so found ourselves ordering two bakes whilst waiting for the bus to head home for dinner — both of the bakes were pretty impressive but our pick between the two would be the Basque Burnt Cheesecake over the Original Egg Tart. Despite being a “hawker centre” Basque Burnt Cheesecake, the rendition served here at Butter & Cream Bakery puts some of the renditions served at cafes to shame — the Basque Burnt Cheesecake is light and creamy; not particularly jelak and easy to eat. Sinking the fork into the Basque Burnt Cheesecake, slicing the cheesecake was almost effortless — the cream cheese layer is decadent without being particularly overwhelmingly cheesy nor dense; all that with burnt top layer that carries a slight earthiness that gives a contrast to the savouriness. In retrospect, some may notice the thicker-than-usual crust for the egg tart; perhaps intentionally done so as the cookie-esque crust was not as dense as one would expect — crumbly, and does hold up the egg curd well despite being a tad soft. The egg curd was however smooth and jiggly; not too sweet and does work well as an entire package.

Western bakes and pastries are often a tough find hawker centres, so an establishment like Butter & Cream Bakery does come as a pleasant surprise — it being at Lau Pa Sat can be said as a safe move, considering how Lau Pa Sat had been pretty gentrified over the years with the opening of more hipster stalls targeting the office folk. What really truly impressed us is not its existence, but how they do serve up some very well-executed bakes that exceed those that some specialty cafes serve up — all at a rather reasonable price point. An option worth considering for post-meal dessert for office workers in the area, and also a spot for an easy grab-and-go for last minute office celebrations/treats if cakes and pastries are needed.