Hidden within the premises of Waterloo Centre, Overdoughs by the owners of Artichoke Cafe & Bar found home among an array of traditional coffee shops and neighbourhood shops. From the looks of it, the establishment operates primarily as a takeaway bakery. The size of the shop does not allow for large crowds but it is considerably large enough to cater to a crowd size of 10 odd people.
Overdoughs stand out well from the quaint environment that it has found itself in, the interior of the shop is adequately furnished with wooden tables and benches and there are magazines and decorative ornaments as well to create a pseudo homely atmosphere. The counter is conveniently situated alongside an assortment of pastry delights that definitely highlights the specialization of the shop. As we had a tough time deciding on our orders, we depended on the selection of more aesthetically pleasing pastries.
Banana Muffin with Sticky Streusel and Banana Jam ($5.00)
The Banana Muffin, a commonly flavoured pastry was the first number up. Topped with chopped nuts, strewed with sticky streusel and covered with a layer of banana jam to make it even more extra sinful, the pastry’s enticing appearance does help to whet one’s appetite. Subsequent munches revealed the interiors to be delightful moist and soft as the essence of banana was well significant. For just $5.00 a piece, this simple yet satisfying pastry is definitely value for money.
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with a Shortbread Base ($5.00)
Yet another promising looking confection, the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cake caught our eyes when we first stepped into the bakery. Studded with pomegranate seeds, they did look like little M&Ms atop a lush layer of chocolate slathered on the remaining pastry. A delightful treat for avid chocolate lovers, one would be able to taste the sweet bitter aroma of dark chocolate within the mouth as soon as the first bite sinks. To us, the zesty after- taste of the flavour of pomegranate was a bold yet successful experiment. Priced similarly as the Roasted Banana Muffin, the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cake with Shortbread Base provides a much appreciated gratification.
Fattoush, Arabic Salad ($5.00)
Served during lunch, the Fattoush was a unfamiliar name to me but it did enough to convince us to give it a go. A classic mediterranean salad that is presented in a plain paper box, this Arabic salad is served with the traditional lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion and pita bread crisps. Unlike the common salad found almost everywhere, this variation comes drizzled with lemon sumac dressing that provided a much refreshing touch and bound all the other flavours together. On another note, there was a mild spicy taste from the onions that lingered in the mouth for probably the rest of the day. For people looking for a light bite, the Fattoush does fulfil one’s hunger sufficiently. One can opt to add extra protein such as chicken or lamb slices at an additional cost of $4.00.
Pita Packets ($5.00 for a single snack size)
Rather petite portions that would make for a decent snack when one is on the move, the exotic treat delighted with its contrasting textural dimensions- the crunchiness of the pickles was really delectable. Given 2 choices from 3 types of specialty sauces like the Tahini Mayonnaise, Zhoug Coriander Sauce and Turkish Tomato Salsa, we decided to give the Zhoug Coriander Sauce a miss this time. The extra punch from the sauces gave sweet and spicy notes that came together perfectly, enhancing the pleasure as derived from the signature dish itself. I would have hoped for a more generous serving of the slice of chicken that was hidden within though.
A quaint take- away bakery/ deli that offers comfort in its unique selection of confections, dips, freshly made pita and many other uncommon items, one might wish to check out the bakeshop that is motivated to offer a diversity of traditional flavours from Spain, Turkey, Greece, Morocco and the Middle East. The wallet- friendly prices, in comparison to the other patisseries and bakeries in town , are a selling point as well. The cosy shop space might be all that one is looking for, in the search of a venue for a light bite or an afternoon snack in the early morning or late afternoon.
** Please note that Overdoughs has been relocated to 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square. You may wish to reach them at 6336 6946.
BLK 261, Waterloo Centre
Contact Number: 6337 5945
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.00am till 7.00pm
Jay T. and Jasper N.