Lord knows we love a good play on words at Time Out. So upon hearing of a cafe and bakery called There Will Be Bread, we dropped everything to check out whether or not this café was intentionally riffing on the title of one of last decade’s best films, and whether or not it was any good.
Sandwiched between two of our long-time favourite peddlers of French foodstuffs – The French Butcher
and Comptoirs de France – this bakery has its work cut out for it. But the warm space and pungent aroma of freshly baked pastries and ground espresso beans are comforting from the start. Unlike the surrounding outfits, There Will Be Bread was clearly born with their customer’s WeChat Moments feeds in mind. From stickers bearing slogans ranging from the cheeky to the downright peculiar, and mugs sporting 'There will be coffee', it’s clear the place is trying to stand out.
The daily offerings rest in neat shelves by the large glass doorway, which beckons in passers-by with fancy, gallery-style fixtures. Light baguettes (18RMB) and longer fermented loaves (21RMB) rest beside pain au chocolat (25RMB), almond croissants (28RMB), pretzels (12RMB), cinnamon rolls (22RMB) and sliced bread (20RMB).
The almond croissants are our favourite by far, with ample coating of sliced almonds adding a pleasing crunch to a filling of silky almond paste; the pain au chocolat adds much sweetness to a pungent cup of espresso while the fresh baguette – ostensibly bought to accompany our dinner – barely makes it home. They are respectable takes on classics that hardly rewrite the book on the age-old staples of French baking, but are a pleasant addition to an area already rich in options for Western confectionery.
By Nick Gollner