“Cafe by the river.”
Whisk & Paddle is a recently opened riverside cafe that’s situated along a section of the Punggol Waterway which garnered a sudden boom in popularity on Instagram recently. The whole cafe is somewhat al fresco, with a nice view of the nearby river & vast stretch of untouched greenery. You can find home-made desserts, tarts & pastries here, as well as their extensive menu of breakfast fare, pastas & pizzas.
View of the cafe from the Park Connector.
The huge space of Whisk.
Both seats inside & outside.
The whole look of Whisk & Paddle is quite simple, with minimal decor. With a few scattered potted plants & long wooden tables on the inner part of the cafe. The outer part is filled with more patio-like furniture & is nearer the park connector & river. The place benefits from the vast space it resides in, which makes dining more comfortable. (Unlike the cramped spaces of 1/2 the cafes in Singapore.) You can also find a whisk placed on select tables, a nod to the name of their establishment.
Whisk is quite known for their home-made desserts, especially their freshly baked tarts.
Unfortunately, they were all unavailable during my visit & their dessert selections were quite limited. Perhaps the best day to visit Whisk for their desserts would be on a weekend.
A few more desserts on display.
A sample of the menu of Whisk & Paddle. You can have a look at their full menu here.
Whisk & Paddle offers your usual brunch fare, with all-day breakfasts, Eggs Benedicts, waffles, pancakes & French Toast. Aside from these, they also offer an extensive range of pastas & pizzas, with one of their most notable dishes being their “Macaroni & Cheese”, which is served in a pan. As mentioned early, their home-made desserts & tarts are also worth checking out. (Their Passionfruit Tart has been Instagrammed to death; unfortunately for me, I didn’t get to try it. Then again, I’m not a big fan of passionfruit.)
One of the more glaring downsides to Whisk & Paddle would have to be their prices, which are towards the higher average range. Mains are priced around the 15 dollar mark, with some going over 20. And sadly, they also charge GST & service fees.
Black Sesame Latte ($5.50)
Ground black sesame with frothed milk
Having tried many lattes, it was interesting to find a Black Sesame Latte. It was simply awesome and I loved the taste of it. (It’s basically like glutinous rice balls with black sesame filling, but in liquid form.) It is quite sweet though, and unless you have a sweet tooth, perhaps it’s not for you.
Macaroni & Cheese ($12.80)
Macaroni, Honey Baked Ham, Onion, Pink Sauce, Cheese
Here we have the Pièce de résistance! One of the most iconic dishes from Whisk & Paddle is their Mac & Cheese. Not only did it look aesthetically pleasing, being served in a pan, it tasted really great as well. The cheese is much more gooey than usual, which was perhaps due to a generous portion of mozzarella added. (My guess.) Best eaten hot!
Of course, if I had to make a choice, I felt that I still preferred Pacamara‘s Mac & Cheese.
Ham & Pineapple Pizza ($16.80)
Honey Baked Ham, Bacon, Pineapple, Bell Pepper, Sunny side up, BBQ Sauce
We went with sans BBQ sauce as my companion wasn’t a fan.
The pizza here was pretty good as well, with a satisfactory amount of toppings. I really liked how it was served on a wooden board. (Anything for photography!) The crust was slightly crisp & perfectly done. Though not the best pizza I’ve had, but still good nonetheless.
Kurobuta Pork Collar ($28.80)
Grilled Pork Collar, Pumpkin Mash, Roasted Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Orange Sauce
This was HEAVEN. One of the most delicious things I’ve ever came across. The pork was tender & flavourful, with a good amount of fat on it that made it extremely sinful. (Especially for your waist.)
The pumpkin mash was fantastic as well & complemented the pork as an awesome side.
Sadly, I was torn between the deliciousness of the dish & the price. (Oh the price! Well… you are paying for Kurobuta, the most highly prized pork in Japan.) In any case, if you do have some petty cash to spare, I do recommend giving this a try.
Seasoned Fruit Pastry Cake ($3)
As their tarts were unavailable that day, the choices for desserts were quite limited. Aside from the few cakes on display, this pastry cake was one of the things that caught my eye.
While the cake tasted pretty nice, the texture was basically sponge-like. It was too dry for my liking sadly, and the accompanying fruits on top were mostly sour which further alienated my taste buds.
Lemon Infused Earl Grey Pound ($3.50)
This was another iconic dessert from Whisk. (I noticed it earlier on Instagram before my visit.)
This tasted pretty nice, with a great hint of Earl Grey. I did find it to be a tad dry as well; perhaps if it was served with a scoop of ice-cream, it would have been better.
Choose your weapon of choice. Whisk? Or paddle?
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
While I do quite like Whisk & Paddle, with it’s fantastic view of nature and the good food, the locale & price of the place could possibly turn a few people off. Though the location has a great view of the Punggol Waterway, it is actually situated quite far from the main residential districts & commercial areas. (Best to head there by car.) Also, even though the food is quite alright, the prices are also a tad too high for my liking. Of course, it’s a nice place to chill out as it is very quiet & secluded; I do recommend a visit at least once in any case.
WHISK & PADDLE
10 Tebing Lane #01-01, Singapore 828836
(Nearest train station: Riviera LRT)
Contact: 6242 4617
Mon – Fri: 3:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:30 am – 10:30 pm