Whisk & Paddle @ 10 Tebing Lane

Priding itself as a “cafe along the river”, the newly opened Whisk & Paddle facing the Punggol Reservoir certainly delivers that experience. An open bistro with a panoramic view of the mangrove vegetation and meandering river, there is an air of tranquility and peace found here that is hard to come by amidst the hustle and bustle of our cosmopolitan city.

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We made our way here on a quiet Saturday morning just when the joggers were returning from their exercise along the park connectors and the cyclists had completed their rounds. Being the early comers at the cafe, we had first dips on which table to sit at and had a bit of fun deciding between the long communal wooden bar tables, the round colourful tiled ones or the low rise benches that flanked the friendly little playhouse put up for the kiddies. The space of Whisk & Paddle is huge by the way, offering more than enough distance between your table and the next, ensuring that your conversation was not within earshot of others- a luxury that is hard to find in most cafes these days.

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Expect the usual brunch items such as Eggs Benedict with a choice of Smoked Salmon, Honey Baked Ham or Sauteed Mushrooms served atop a waffle instead of the regular English muffin, Pancakes and French Toast on the menu. Alternatively you can also create your own Breakfast Plate $19.80 as you choose from categories of Breads, Eggs, Meats/Seafood, Vegetables, Starch and Yogurt. We had the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict $13 with asparagus on the side as they were out of cherry tomatoes. The texture of the waffle was sufficiently fluffy and its crisp exterior complimented the thick butter Hollandaise right on point. No complaints about the poached eggs either which bled beautifully.

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If you are looking for something more substantial, the mains offered here include Sea Bass En Papillote, Chicken Burger, Pulled Pork Soft Tacos starting from $17, Pastas such as Crabmeat Linguine and Vongole ranging between $12 to $21.80 and Pizzas with toppings of Duck & Lychee or Sardine & Onion from $13.80. We tried their Macaroni and Cheese $12.80 rustically served in a cast iron pan and gloriously smothered in gooey creamy melted cheese sauce. Perfect comfort food especially for the cold rainy days which we are experiencing these few weeks. Sharing might be a good idea for this dish.

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From the desserts section, we were initially a tad disappointed because we came too early and most of the tarts which are usually baked fresh each morning on site were still not out yet. We tried our luck again after we were done with our food and eventually settled for a Passionfruit Tart $6.50Berries Rose Tart $7.50 and Macarons $2.80 each.

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The Rose and Salted Caramel Macarons were surprisingly the highlights for us especially with their comparably less fancy appearance. The texture of the macaron shells were delicately sturdy without being too crisp and had a delightfully chewy interior which was moist and soft. Ratio of filling to shell was also spot on.

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As for the tarts, top marks for presentation and aesthetics. We were so enamoured by the pretty sweet treats set in front of us that our cameras could not stop snapping away. The Passionfruit curd and Berries rose fillings were also nicely tangy with sourish notes that were none too intense but if we had to be really picky, the crust was a tad too thick and biscuit-like. A more crumbly-consistency would have made the tarts a perfect 10.

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So if you are thinking of venturing out to the North-Eastern part of our island, then Whisk & Paddle is indeed worth a visit. It is family-friendly and spacious for the little ones to run around in the day, and transforms into a laid-back waterhole in the evenings where friends can wind down with a bottle of ice-cold beer accompanied by some bar bites. And though the inconvenience of getting here might be a drawback for some, I personally think that its obscurity makes this cafe all the more alluring and charming.

Photos in this post were taken with an iPhone 5S.

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10 Tebing Lane #01-01
Singapore 828836
Tel: +65 6242 4617

Opening hrs:
Monday-Thursday: 3:30pm-10:30pm
Friday: 3:30pm-11:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am-11:30pm
Sunday/PH: 9:30am-10:30pm

Singapore

One Response to Whisk & Paddle @ 10 Tebing Lane

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