W39 Bistro & Bakery is a cute little restaurant in West Coast, Singapore. Hidden away from view inside a residential estate near Clementi Stadium, it is the kind of small neighbourhood restaurant that one feels comfortable in very quickly. Our pictures don’t do justice to it. This drawing of W39 Bistro displayed on a shelf within the restaurant is better at capturing its character. Notice Oscar the Corgi right in front.
W39 Bistro & Bakery is located at 39 Jalan Mas Puteh, a small lane just off and parallel to West Coast Road. It is within a cluster of shops within the residential housing estate. It doesn’t catch your eye from afar as the signboard is small and not prominent. But it gets more interesting as one gets closer. The yellow awnings and window frames give it a warm look. There is an outdoor area which is dog-friendly. We saw quite a few cute canines (and owners as well) while we were there.
The interior of W39 Bistro & Bakery is a mix of country and holiday home. It has a Hamptons vibe that made us feel comfortable the moment we enter. A good eclectic collection of magazines is available to entertain diners. This can be a good place to dine alone.
W39 Bistro has a good collection of enticing cakes. It has a short food menu which is expanded by a Brunch menu on weekends and public holidays. Here are pictures of some pages from the menu.
W39 Bistro & Bakery Menu
We thought that the local items in the brunch menu looked more interesting and ordered the mee siam ($14) and the Ayam Masak Merah ($15).
Both the dishes were rather pricey compared to their counterparts at hawker centres. But we get to eat them in a nice place and with an attractive presentation. The mee siam contained the usual mee siam ingredients except that the prawns were much bigger and the usual hard boiled egg replaced by a more fashionable soft sous vide version. The taste of the gravy was balanced – sourish and spicy enough but not too much. The chilli was briliant. It was an enjoyable serving of mee siam.
As for the Ayam Masak Merah, it was an upmarket version of nasi lemak. The main difference being the chicken thighs braised in spicy tomato sauce that accompanies this dish. The coconut flavoured rice was very good in terms of both texture and fragrance. The ikan bilis were too hard for our liking. The chilli was too sweet. We used the chilli from the mee siam instead. Overall, the dish was not bad but not all-round delicious like the mee siam.
Dessert and Coffee
We did not plan on dessert initially, but we were easily tempted by the cakes on display and decided to share a slice of salted caramel cake ($6.80) with coffee (Cappuccino $4.50 Long Black $4). The cake was well made and beautiful but a bit too sweet for us.
Overall, we were glad to have discovered the W39 Bistro & Bakery. It is a neighbourhood eatery we would be happy to drop by again when we are in the West Coast / Pandan Loop areas.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
39 Jalan Mas Puteh
Sat-Sun & PH: 9am-10pm
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