10 Tebing Lane #01-01, Singapore 828836
Tel: 6242 4617
Nestled at the far end of Singapore - at Punggol Waterway is a cafe by the river known as Whisk and Paddle. The cafe has expanse of space as well as the luxury of the gorgeous views of the waterway - ponds and lush greenery - all forming part of the natural backdrop. By day or night, it makes chilling out here a pleasant experience
The interior is sectionalized into the main open concept seating area, or "The Marketplace" where there's air-conditioning and two darts machines for entertainment. Colorful and artistic tables and chairs fill out the spaces, forming part of the decor efficiently. Service is pleasant and polite here at Whisk & Paddle.
We checked out the interesting array of desserts and were eager to start ordering. The only problem was "what to order", since we had a hard time choosing between choco-banana slice, berries rose tart, or nutella fudge cakes etc. These desserts are created and hand-made by their own pastry chefs, so everything is fresh.
We started with some drinks. I had the Thatcher's Rose cider (SGD$18.00), which was refreshing and fizzy. They serve their teas in adorable mugs with interesting slogans, to perk the days up, I believe.
The Black Sesame Latte (SGD$5.50) was milky, frothy and rich in black sesame's distinctive flavour, a little ashy, yet sweet and thick. It is the kind of acquired flavour you'd either hate or love immensely.
For desserts, we chose the Tropical Brûlée (SGD$13.80) - made up of half a chocolate waffle, banana brûlée, crème caramel, almond flakes and chocolate sauce. The presentation was pretty and indulgent; the ingredients rich and appetising. The crispy waffles were rich in chocolate's taste, paired perfectly with the smooth caramel crème or crackling-coated bananas. This waffle was so delicious and filling, one could have it as a meal!
Next, Cheesecake with Berries Compote (SGD$6.00) - a decadent slice of New York cheesecake on crumbly base with sweet strawberry compote. The cheesecake was prettily decorated with blueberries; taste was velvety, creamy and cheesey without being overpowering, melting easily on the mouth like a good dream.
Finally, Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake (SGD$6.00), to add a scoop of ice-cream of choice would be SGD$10.50. The cake was a rich chocolate haven, fudgy and soft in texture; the fact that it was served warm kept the fudge moist and flowy, making it easy to revel in this dessert bite after bite, till the last.
Overall, this is a beautiful place to be, whether for a meal where one could linger over the breezes and view, or for tea as a hideout from the hot sun or rain. The pretty desserts here probably makes one wish to come back to try more- exactly the way I am feeling right now.