In the middle of nowhere, set amongst a backdrop of lush greenery, located on the banks of the tranquil Punggol Serangoon Reservoir, Whisk & Paddle ticks all the away-from-the-bustling-city boxes, plus they dish up some good grub and lip-smacking beverages to make any discerning foodie want to fork out some serious cash here. With such an extensive menu and plenty of tables to go around, it’s the perfect place to bring a group of friends for a hearty brunch. And yes, that’s pretty much what we did over the weekend.
Although quite a mission to get to, a few of us from the Cafe Hoppers team gave the much raved-about waterfront cafe a try. And it was worth the effort – I got to try a glorious Black Sesame Latte (S$5.50 – characteristically gritty, but pleasantly palatable), and we quite enjoyed the spacious al fresco dining area, which teemed with life. While the cafe also provides guests with an indoors seating area (complete with a galaxy of colourful exposed light baubles overhead and even a cosy sofa corner with cushions), try to sit outdoors if you can – it’s warmer, but the vibe is much more intoxicating.
As for the food, you’ll see that Whisk & Paddle offers simple and hearty fare that all brunch lovers will approve of. From perfect scrambled eggs to obligatory smoked salmon, bacon on waffles to full breakfast spreads (pork sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, the lot), and of course an extensive drinks menu filled with quintessential cafe must-haves like flats whites and earl greys, along with curious oddities like gula melaka lattes and matcha & rose lattes, you’ll probably have a hard time deciding what you want. And no, they don’t just serve brunch, they’ve got pastas, pizzas, bar snacks, and an intense dessert menu for the weekday lunch and dinner crowd to indulge in.
Multigrain Toast with Scrambled Eggs (S$8.50)
Includes choice of Smoked Salmon / Honey Baked Ham / Streaky Bacon / Sautéed Mushrooms.
Whisk Breakfast Pan (S$19.80)
Eggs of your style, smoked pork sausage, streaky bacon, Lyonnaise potatoes,
roasted cherry vine tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, 2 slices of toast and French butter.
Prawns & Kelp Spaghetti (S$21.80)
Spaghetti, tiger prawns, kelp, chilli padi, garlic and Italian parsley.
Italian Carbonara (S$8.50)
Spaghetti, garlic, egg yolk, bacon, parmesan cheese, poached egg and crispy parma ham.
WHISK & PADDLE
10 Tebing Lane
3:30pm – 10:30pm (Tues to Fri)
9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Closed on Mondays, except for Public Holidays.
Exploring the surroundings
“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone,
then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
— Robin Hobb
All of us explored the area after brunch. We walked along the reservoir and eventually got to the famous red bridge, which supposedly leads to Pasir Ris. Which makes sense, geographically, but it’s still interesting to note, because I don’t really associate Punggol with Pasir Ris. But, yes, they are literally neighbours. One day, I will do a proper exploration of the place.