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Opened for a couple of months at UE Square where EN Bar was located, Fine Dining Bakery by Akira M. is a Japanese-style bakery that is run by Chef Akira who have had his background at Restaurant Joel Robouchon before setting up his very own bakery.

Coming in a set, the Sour Dough Sandwiches also comes with a mini soup on the side as well (not pictured). Served in the form of three open-faced sandwiches, the Sour Dough Sandwiches features toppings such as Onion, Hokkaido Mini Scallops and Smoked Salmon. Amongst the three, only the Onion is served toasted; the cheese being all melted and stretchy whilst going together well with the sweetness of the caramelised onions, while the toast gave a firm bite being dense whilst crusty on the outside. For the Hokkaido Mini Scallops and Smoked Salmon variants, the sourdough is served as-is; the bread being dense, yet fluffy without being particularly heavy, carrying a firm bite that held the bread well from crumbling while carrying a light tang from the fermentation process — pretty well-balanced especially for those who think that the sourish notes of the bread from now-defunct The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough is a little heavy-handed. The toppings are equally wonderful; the Hokkaido Mini Scallops came fried till golden brown with panko crumbs — light and crisp on the exterior while the scallops are fresh with a bite within, also coming with guacamole that was smooth, buttery and creamy. Smoked salmon was also fresh and briny; pretty generous in portion size, and topped off with onions for a slight zing that refreshes the taste buds.

A hidden gem in the heart of town which seems to be well visited by the Japanese community residing in the River Valley/Robertson Quay neighbourhood.

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