Conveniently located in the heart of Tiong Bahru, you will find Whisk, one of the newer cafes in the community. This four months old establishment facing directly opposite the hawker centre has drawn its fair share of attention when news of their rental went viral.
It does make me ponder if running a F&B business is profitable or not. My family is in one and I can assure you it’s not always smooth sailing and rosy like outsiders from the industry paint it to be. We came on a Sunday afternoon, greeted by an elderly man manning the coffee machine. I love that image now that I think of it as I write this review. The slight grin on his wrinkled face and acknowledging our presence with a nod before proceeding with whatever he was doing with the coffee machine. I can’t be sure if he was in charge of making all the coffee but if he was (and still is), then I’m impressed. And that’s where the familiarity stops.
As we peered into their display panels considering what was good and enticing, a stern lady stopped us from walking to any empty table ahead. Apparently, we could only have a table once we placed our orders. For that moment I felt like I was not in one of those homely cafes but one that only keen in making money. Honestly, I felt a little disappointed with their service.
Neither was I excited about their food. I took a peek at their spacious kitchen on my way to the restroom. Surely I think I could say they baked most of the desserts on display but in my opinion, I could grab something similar but better. The torched meringue from the Lemon Curd Tart ($5.00) was unexpectedly soft. It was wet and sweating the moment it reached our table. I cannot explain that but my ideal meringue is always perky, stiff and slightly dry.
New York Cheesecake ($7.00) on the other hand, fared better but it was too simple. I tasted ginger from the biscuit base with hints of lemon on the cake’s glaze. 15 minutes of desserts and tea and we were off to another place. I was not enjoying my time here at Whisk. I paid almost twenty five bucks but I reckon I could get something better elsewhere. If it was not for the hot weather, I don’t mind crossing over and check out the new Tiong Bahru Bar across the street instead.
Perhaps I have been expecting too much from Singapore’s cafes and comparing them with cafe brands I frequently go. But my take on Whisk Cafe? If they are to continue their business in competitive Tiong Bahru, they better have something new or a signature dessert for cafehoppers to continue returning for. Or at least make their service worth a second visit.
58 Seng Poh Road #01-15
Tues toThurs: 9am-8pm
Sats & Suns: 9am-10pm
Closed on Mondays