DW Workshop is a bistro and workshop that opened recently in June 2016. It is housed within a restored black and white bungalow that is physically next to the main Rochester Mall building. So if you are driving to DW Workshop Singapore, it is best to head for and park at the main Rochester Mall and follow the paths. If arriving by MRT, stop at Buona Vista station and head towards Star Vista. DW Workshop is just across a small road from Star.
It is not easy to understand what DW Workshop is about but it seems to be made of three components – design, retail and food. The design philosophy and component can be seen in the beautiful spaces created in the building and the workshop classes which are held here. At the moment they are holding classes to make concrete lamps. We are hopeless at art and craft and so our main interest is in the food and restaurant part of this business.
The black and white bungalow has been tastefully renovated to created different spaces to eat, drink and to relax in. Currently, they have quite a limited menu in terms of food but the drinks list is quite extensive, focusing on cold pressed healthy juices and specialty coffees made with a drip coffee machine (Pour-Steady) created by a former NASA engineer or espresso-based coffees individually brewed with the retro Italian moka coffee pots (Bialetti Moka Express pots are sold here).
There are the upstairs areas where the workshop classes are held or used as dining spaces. There are some tables at the balcony outside. The spaces are simply but pleasantly furnished.
Here are pictures of the DW Workshop Weekend Brunch menu and a page from the drinks menu. We decided to try a signature potato rosti ($21), crab salad croissant ($24) and two cold pressed juices ($9 each).
These are our cold-pressed juices. The pineapple, carrot and citrus mandarin squash is a cold-pressed juice for beginners. Basically a sweet fruity drink that will be appealing to all. The red beet, mandarin green apple and ginger lemon was not an easy-going sweet juice, but a more ‘serious’ juice which had a more complex taste which we tend to associate with such healthy drinks, but which was pleasant in its own way. Each bottle was enough to fill two glasses.
This is the crab salad croissant. The salad part was kept separate in its own bowl. The crab bits were combined with two soft eggs within the croissant. It does look like a healthy meal. The taste was good but the crab content was low and barely noticeable.
The DW Workshop Signature potato rosti was a small dish that contained potato rosti, two eggs, some vine tomatoes and asparagus with béarnaise sauce. The taste was generally good except that the rosti was very salty. The presentation, it must be said, was very attractive.
Overall, it was nice to see a new restaurant opening with a fresh concept such as DW Workshop Singapore. It was an interesting experience to eat in a black and white house such as this where different spaces in the house provide different moods and settings.
Overall: 3 TOPs
41 Rochester Drive
(Carpark at Rochester Mall)
Tel: +65 6659 0879
Monday – Friday : 9:30am – 10.30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday : 9:30am ~ Late
Nearest MRT Station : Buona Vista