There must be something about the air or water in Tiong Bahru. Bakeries there turn out good croissants. As you approach the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, you see a new cafe just opposite the market – Whisk. You guessed it, they do pretty good croissants; and their carrot cake is not bad either.
Owned by Patissier Tricia Lim, the small lovely cafe seemed to be run by family members. On a weekday afternoon, some of the customers appeared to be aunts and uncles or friends of the family coming to support the new cafe. Once word gets around, we suspect the trendy set and cake lovers will start descending on this place. Whisk does pretty good coffee and the pastries and cakes are as good as, if not better than, those in the more established and well-known cafes in the neighbourhood.
Whisk has a bold look that starts from outside with the name in lights, and dazzling white wood frames with glass panels that allow you a glimpse of the inviting interior. Inside, the decor has a clean white theme with soothing wood elements. The cafe gets plenty of natural light and there is an airy and spacious feel. The bakery is at the back and you can see the artisans at work through the half glass door.
Our latte ($5.50) came with beautiful, but by now rather mundane, heart and leaves latte art. Perhaps the next time we will ask for a demonstration of the bear with bow tie design. The medium bodied coffee had a pleasant aroma and a smooth, fine flavour.
The Cranberry Orange Cake ($3.50) drizzled with glaze looked interesting. It was good but we would have liked it even more if it was a little more moist.
The Almond Croissant ($3.50) had flaky puff pastry with almond filling and was topped with roasted almonds. It was one of the better croissants we have tried recently.
The Carrot Cake ($7) was strongly recommended by the staff. Visually, it was not exciting or enticing. We learned not to judge a cake by how it looked because the moist carrot cake was delightful. It had shredded carrots, nuts and fruity bits which combined well for a cake with nice flavour and texture. It was an enjoyable piece of cake.
Whisk also offers their signature Salted Caramel Eclair, Lemon Meringue Tart, Macaron and a good range of breads and pastries. We can tell that they are passionate and proud of their products. The few items we had tried were good. Many of those we had not tried looked very interesting. Friendly service, no grungy industrial look, no service charge and no GST – we like the place. We shall be visiting Whisk more often.
Food : 4
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs
58 Seng Poh Road #01-15
Tel: +65 62226543
Mon : Closed
Tues – Thurs : 9am – 7pm
Fri – Sat : 9am – 11pm
Sun : 9am – 9pm
#Street fact – Seng Poh Road was named after Tan Seng Poh who became the first Chinese Municipal Commissioner of Singapore in 1871. The Perak born Teochew man was an interesting character – he had the monopoly to sell opium in Johore, was the head of the Opium and Spirit Farm in Singapore and owned a gunpowder magazine in Tanah Merah.
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