We got ourselves a bicycle each after the pizzas at Wayne’s Chill-out and headed straight to look for Whisk and Paddle, the newest cafe in the neighborhood, as our pitstop because it seemed really far, at Tebing Lane! We obviously lost our way half way through and took a detour towards our destination. It was really fun though cause Punggol has really pretty views and scenic routes. Besides, cycling brings back tons of memories of my childhood with my dad! Look at one of the pretty views we encountered while cycling! I’m a sucker for vast lands like these. They seem so peaceful and pretty! My most scenic view. Hahaha! But yeah, this was about time when we stopped to check the directions and realized that we had to make a u-turn.
My attempt to be artistic with the bicycle. Anyway, we got there sooner than we expected, it was about a half an hour ride there.
Whisk and Paddle is located at Tebing Lane, where the popular prawn fishing spot in Punggol is, and it is conveniently located just beside Popeye’s, overlooking the pretty Punggol Reservoir. The cafe is one of the more spacious ones I’ve been to, with both “indoor” and “al fresco” seating. Inverted commas because the cafe adopts an open concept, which is a good idea as one could use some of the breeze here, but I’m not too sure how it would be like if the weather is scorching hot.
The “indoor” seating The “outdoor” seating As you can see, the cafe is pretty spacious with ample seats that are adequately spread out. They also have a shelf of old school snacks and toys! Really cute and adorable!
I love the design of the entire cafe, which makes use of natural lighting and air, pretty eco-friendly I would say! They serve up mains, and unlike most cafes, which have their display cases at their cashier, Whisk and Paddle has their cake display on a separate space. Besides their mains, they have a wide range of cakes and pastries available to offer.
I loved the display because it’s so clean and pretty, and all of these cakes and pastries look super yummy! If only I had the stomach to eat them all!
It was unfortunate that the ride from Punggol Settlement to here was a short one, so we were not really tired and hungry then! However, we were thirsty, very thirsty. Whisk and Paddle apparently serves up a wide array of mains, ranging from all-day Brunch items to pasta and pizzas. Their food and drinks menu is 6 pages long.
We got ourselves 2 drinks, an affogato and a lychee drink with some fancy name. Both cost us about $7++, I can’t really remember the prices though! We ordered a lemon-infused earl grey pound cake, which is about $4++.
And this was my Affogato, and the process of trying to take an artistic shot with it. The boy was also particularly intrigued by the bent spoon. Look at the fail here. The affogato was rich and slightly acidic. Its combination with the slightly sweet vanilla ice cream, was just divine.
The lemon infused earl grey pound cake, which I particularly liked because I love pound cakes and the earl grey scent was mild here, which suited my preference because I don’t really like strong tea tasting food! So if you’re looking for a rich earl grey pound cake, this may not be your cup of tea! (ooh punny!)
As the cafe is still in their soft launch, they are offering 20% of your bill until the end of November! I see loads of potential in this cafe, however, it’s location may be a pitfall because of how inaccessible it might be. Besides, as they have an extensive menu, they bound to be hits and misses. While variety may be their strong suit, the pressure to upkeep the quality across the board may be a pit of their downfall. I am not sure if I would be back to try out their mains, since they are relatively inaccessible to me. Besides, most of their food offered are the ones, which we are able to get in any other cafes. Hence, I may not be willing to make a special trip down just to try out their food, unless I’m in the vicinity.
Their cakes and drinks were up to standards, and we were definitely impressed by them. Even though their bakes may be relatively affordable, a disturbing fact is that their drinks are pretty pricey as compared to the other cafes. They also do charge GST and service charge too! With a good ambience and great operation timing to boot, it may be the next hot hang out spot amongst the Punggol residents. But I can’t say that for the rest of Singapore.
How to get there?
Nearest LRT: Riveria
Monday – Thursday: 3.30pm – 10.30pm
Friday: 3.30pm – 1.30am
Saturday: 10.30am – 1.30am
Sunday: 10.30am – 10.30pm