Punggol isn’t my favourite neighbourhood even though the new estate is just a 10 minutes drive from my place via TPE. But I suppose Punggol today isn’t like what it first started – Heavily polluted by large scale constructions and a bit of a ghost town. There’s Punggol Settlement and a large park along the river now, great for people who loves getting close to nature.
Whisk Breakfast Plate ($19.90)
Perched along the riverside walk houses the alfresco cafe, Whisk & Paddle. A rather spacious cafe since it is a building by itself. I came here on a weekend afternoon so only the brunch and pasta sections of their menu were available. Brunch here is just divided into three categories: Egg Benedicts, waffles/pancakes & toast and the Whisk Breakfast Plate or what I like to call Big Breakfast meal which consists of assorted choice of carbs and proteins.
For its location, I think their brunch menu are reasonably priced with the exception their Big Breakfast at almost $20.00, the rest are under $15.00.Egg Benedict with Honey Baked Ham ($13.00)
Honestly speaking, I’m quite tired of trying out new places simply because they all offer more or less the same stuffs. I no longer need to travel out far to certain places for certain cravings too. Bedok and Katong has all my favourite cafes and they are opening even more.
When I look up at reviews of this place, I wasn’t expecting too much. I just wanted a new place with a nice view and relatively peaceful without the unnecessary screaming and shouting like I see at overly popular cafes too. I ticked those off my check list when I reach Whisk & Paddle.
Food wise, I must commend even though it’s still the very typical dishes everywhere are offering, at least they make an effort to present it nicely and garnish their food. I also liked how the clean white plates were filled with food too. The only misgiving I had were that the penne in our Bolognese ($15.80) weren’t cooked to our liking. They claimed its al dente but I guess every individual got their own benchmark of what al dente pastas should be. Nevertheless, we got the dish sent back into the kitchen to be cooked a little longer.
We were too full to have a dessert each so we got three macarons and one green tea tiramisu (in a cup) to share. I didn’t enjoy their pretty macarons which had hollow shells. I would have gotta their passionfruit tarts if I had someone to share with. It looked as though a lot of effort has been done to do up curd and tart base. On a side note, I read from here that the owner of this cafe bakes her breads and desserts too. Another thumbs up from me then.
I like the entire nature concept of Whisk & Paddle and I sure wouldn’t mind coming back again. But I do recommend dropping by in the early mornings or late evenings. Sitting outdoors on a hot windless day is just not for me. I say open a few bottles of craft beers, snack on pizzas and finger food sounds like a good plan yah?
PS: If you can’t find the cafe along the Tebing Lane then keep a lookout for Popeye’s at the end of the road. The cafe is just beside the iconic orange building.
Whisk & Paddle
10 Tebing Lane #01-01
Tel: +65 6242 4617