UPDATE April 2009: I went back to revisit, and they no longer have the croissant with the set. The rosti, sadly, was even more burnt. Breads still good though.
Ah, I wish I discovered this place earlier. Finally a nice breakfast joint! Swiss Backerei is a casual little bakery cum cafe along Frankel Avenue with some awesome breads and grub. It's a small but cosy place. There are just 4-5 tables inside and two outside, so dine-in seating is limited.
The rosti with bratwurst (S$14.90 for set meal) is a greasy platter but oh-so-delicious. The grated potato is well-seasoned and fried real crisp. I like my stuff a little bit burnt, so this was just right for me. The sausage was yummy with that coveted snap of the casing.
They have croques (sandwiches topped with Gruyere cheese and grilled) with different fillings. I chose the mushroom one (S$11.90 for set meal, S$9.90 a la carte) and it was another decadent indulgence. Lots of pan-fried mushrooms on good bread smothered with melted cheese on top.
The two meals above were sets, which mean they come with a croissant (butter or wholemeal) plus coffee or tea. The croissants were just heavenly - fragrant, soft, fluffy and crisp. The homemade strawberry jam (with thick cuts of fruit in them) had a tinge of orange or lemon in it that lifted it beyond the realm of ordinary jams.
Service too, was warm and wonderful. A sweet elderly waitress gave Nadine some animal-shaped cookies, which she enjoyed. Swiss Backerei also has a deli counter with meats and sausages. As for the baked goods section, there's lots of enticing stuff to choose from. The six-grain bread with cheese (S$5.20) is a treat for the tastebuds. Light yet addictive, good enough to eat on its own. Seriously, this place beats the Swiss Bake chain anytime for better food and more authentic eats!
97 Frankel Avenue
Open daily 7.30am to 7.30pm