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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Brunch at Wheelers Yard Cafe

28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781
Tel: 6254 9128

Heard of this cafe for ages, and it is not far from where I reside, so I decided to pop by for brunch after running some errands on a weekend morning.

Located amongst industrial office buildings and warehouses along the Balestier area, this cafe looks so non-discreet from the outside. It is a bicycle cafe for bikers to rest, get their bicycling gears and enjoy a lovely meal / coffee before heading for the roads again.

Not a cyclist (I cannot cycle, lol), but I did appreciate being able to see the different types of bicycles mounted / strewn around the cafe with huge capacity.

The "alfresco" area consists of a long counter selling all kinds of bicycle gears and parts, whereas there are tables for the patrons to sit and dine in cool comfort, listening to bustling  rock music.

There were quite a lot of people already up and getting their weekend doses of caffeine and good food around noon-time. The crowd is mixed - families, friends, couples and solo diners with good books in their hands.

I guess this could be considered a "sports cafe" as well. Anyway, after checking the seats, I decided to head indoors.The casual, rustic and spacious cafe makes one feel right at home, and the service crew members are ever-attentive.

Besides the menu with savoury items such as breakfasts and pastas, there's an interesting assortment of pastries such as lemon tarts, yuzu tarts, soursop tarts and horlicks tarts etc.

I had a Cuppaccino (SGD$5.00) to start the day off.  There was no fanciful latte art, but there were chocolate / cocoa powder on top, just the way I love my cuppaccinos. The coffee was aromatic and the creamy top layer of foam was very satisfying.

For the mains, I had a Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon set (SGD$18.90) - consisting of bouncy smoked salmon, fresh greens with lots of halved cherry tomatoes, buttery scrambled eggs that were smooth as tofu, and golden toast which was crispy. It was a hearty indulgence.

For desserts, I chose the Soursop Tart (SGD$7.50) - sweet cream atop crunchy pastry crust, containing luscious soursop paste within. I hadn't expected the soursop taste to be distinctive, but it broke through the surface of cream and pastry to form an impression of its own, boldly letting its delicious flavor assault the palate pleasantly.

Overall, the dining experience was nice and simply relaxing - the perfect spot for non cyclists to chill out at over chatter or a good book.

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