Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published September 25th 2012
Birds of a feather flock to dessert
In the mood for tarts and other pastries of the sort, a friend recommended me to go to By Blackbird at King William Road. I thought the name was really cute; it's apparently named after a Beatles song.
It's not just the name; the whole interior of the cafe screams cute: from the vintage decorations against the wall to the comfy sofas at the side of the cafe. There are a couple of birdcages serving as decor, a throwback to the cafe's name.
The moment I walked into the door I immediately knew I liked this place; I just love it when a place does its very best to personalise everything. By Blackbird certainly achieves that and you can't help but feel the cuteness oozing out of the very walls. A lot of thought must've been put into the place.
One of the tables caught my eye and I immediately sat myself down at it. It looked like it was designed to be a sewing machine and after getting confirmation from one of the co-owner, turns out it really WAS a sewing machine.
By Blackbird is not a very big cafe; there are only a handful of tables around and I'll bet once it gets popular, it's going to be really hard to get a table. But though it's small in size, it packs a ton of character.
I ordered the original dark chocolate (because I don't drink coffee) and when it came, I was once more cooing over the fact that their napkins had a little blackbird in the corner. Seriously, how cute can one place be? I love all these little touches.
I was having a hard time trying to order because everything looked really good. Jin, the co-owner, probably sensed my indecision and promptly began explaining each pastry and dessert on display. He's originally from Malaysia, just like me, and his friendly demeanour made me take an instant liking to him. He was also really patient with me as I struggled to come to a decision. In the end, I got 4 different items. I originally settled on 2 dishes but I just couldn't help myself.
The first thing I got was a peach Danish pastry. Really, really great pastry and the peaches were a nice, sweet combination. There's custard at the bottom of the pastry which gives each bite a nice smooth texture.
My partner wanted something savoury so he went for a sandwich croissant with a smoked salmon and avocado filling. Once again, really nice pastry, the croissant was crunchy and flaky.
Next up is the coconut tea cake, which Jin explained that it wasn't made up of tea or anything, it's just a moist cake that you have with tea. The centre of the tea cake is a white chocolate ganache. The flavours were great but the tea cake had gotten a bit hard. It's usually really moist but because it's been left in the chillers for awhile it hardened.
Last but certainly not least was the lemon tart. The tarts were the main reason I decided to come to By Blackbird as they were praised to high heaven by my friend. She was right to be so worshipful of them. One bite and I was sold; the lemon filling was sweet and zesty and coupled with the soft, crumbly shortcrust pastry made it my favourite dish there. I can't wait to go back and try all the different tarts. There's still the apricot, peach and pear tarts that I need to sample.
The whole experience there was made even more enjoyable by Jin's friendliness. He made it a point to come to our table and chat us up. He explained that he and Chakey (the pastry chef behind all these delectable tarts) had started up By Blackbird only 4 months ago and they've been doing their best to spread the word about their quirky little cafe. Then he asked me and my partner for a picture; they have this 'Sofa Snapshot' where they take pictures of their customers and post them up to their Facebook site.
By Blackbird just keeps racking up the cuteness points. I'm definitely coming back here in the future to see what future creations Chakey will come up with because the menu is constantly changing. The appeal of the cafe is just so great what with its adorable decor and amazing pastries. Their also open 7 days a week so there's no excuse not to swing by and give this place a go.