Remembered passing by the Katong V outlet of Yugoslavia Bakery & Cafe when they had opened their first outpost there — thought the bakes looked really authentic even though we are probably the wrong folks to judge how authentic the items are considering we hadn’t come across a Burek in our lives ever — so much that we had to give them a try and we were left rather impressed. Was doing some shopping around the City Hall area and was pretty surprised to find yet another outlet of Yugoslavia Bakery & Cafe that had just opened — this time taking over the former premises of Eggstop and Truedan at CityLink Mall. Just as per their original outlet at Katong V, Yugoslavia Bakery & Cafe has its display shelves and fridges lined up facing the main shopping aisle of the mall, enticing shoppers with the wide variety of Yugoslavian bakes that they serve up; all that whilst having an interior that features a faux bricks wall with wooden floors, furniture and fittings — a pretty cosy and welcoming look. The new outlet also boasts a larger dine-in area as its previous space; all that whisker serving up a pretty similar selection of bakes that are also available at Katong V.

We have tried the Burek (Beef) and the Vasa’s Cake alongside the Balkan Coffee during our previous visit to their Katong V outlet — thought it would be great to go along with their Baklava and their Spanish Latte this time. Available in packs of 4 pieces of 6 pieces, the Baklava is described as a “dessert made of layer pastry, filled with nuts and sweet syrup” on the description card labelling the item in the display fridge — it is also claimed to be 100% handmade as well. Here, the Baklava comes tightly packed so it comes with a pretty firm bite; the top layer being flaky and somewhat crispy whilst going down below is where the nutty flavours are going to come from. Chewing through each layer, the sugar syrup oozes out a little; just sweet enough to bind all the elements together without getting overly sweet. Would say that it would have gone well with the Balkan Coffee especially which we previously tried — something similar to that of Turkish Coffee though with a lighter body and cleaner finish, though it does pair quite fine with the Spanish Coffee (only served hot here, in case one is to used to the one available at %Arabica which popularised the item) if one must have milk in their coffee.

It is pretty amazing to see how Yugoslavia Bakery & Cafe had since grown to an establishment that operates more than one outlet — something which caught us by surprise considering how low profile they had been ever since we visited their Katong V outpost which has rarely been spoken about. That being said, its expansion into a centralised location may be a good move to bring Yugoslavian culture and its food closer to the masses — a to-visit spot if one truly wishes to experience something that is less commonly found around!