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Wheeler’s Yard @ Balestier

Wheeler’s Yard was often tagged by my friends in FB, and I made it a cafe that I would love to try with Princess. If you are expecting fine dining, this is the wrong place.

How it works

It is a casual dining location. Pets are welcome at the outdoor areas. There’s a possibility of reservations for big groups, but one gets overwhelmed if coming for the first time, so let me break it down to you.

Firstly, go the counter and order. If you need some time to look through and think of what you want to eat, skip Step 1 and go straight to Step 2 and find a seat to look through the small menu.

Then return to the counter and order, you will be given a buzzer tag, just like the ones from China 🙂 Remember if you want to delay the desserts, just tell them when you order the food.

Food is then served when the tag buzzes. You return back to the counter to collect the food (and the cutlery).

The Food

The menu was not really extensive (two pages) that made up of all-day breakfast items, and some lunch and dinner a la carte items. Portions were reasonably big, so two mains with fries for us were a bit too much.

French Onion Soup

Daily Soup – French Onion Soup. This was  a daily special. I wished they would not introduced it again. The consommé was mushy with the onions. I find it a bit bland.

Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries with Furikake. The fries were not bad, but no truffle taste. The furikake sprinkles on the fries became soggy with the truffle oil and totally killed the dish.

Chilli Crab Pasta

Chilli Crab Pasta, spaghetti, homemade chilli crab sauce (contains egg), soft-shell crab, curry leaves. This dish actually worked. I tried it again back at home with chilli crab from No Signboard, and it still worked. So I would say this was the best dish of the day.

Suki Beef Bowl

Suki Beef Rice Bowl, sliced oyster blade, braised daikon, onsen egg, homemade suki sauce, spring onions, japanese rice, sesame seeds. The second main we ordered. It was a Western play on the Japanese sukiyaki beef bowl. The choice of cut was an oyster blade which could be quite chewy if grilled wrongly. The onsen egg was not flavourful. It was made with one of those Singapore farmed eggs that had no egg taste. The sukiyaki sauce was more like a teriyaki sauce. It would be a good dish if the beef was sliced more thinly and marinated more.

Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake

Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake, homemade sponge cake, berry compote, strawberries, butter crumbs, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream. We shared a dessert because it looked really pretty. I find the whole thing would be better if the sponge cake was replaced with a pound cake as the denser pound cake will hold its own with the wet cream and melting vanilla ice cream.

So all in all, the food wasn’t that great.

The Surrounding

The surrounding was what attracted me to come in the first place. I really loved the laid-back feel of the whole place, with a bicycle pro-shop in the front. The cafe was filled with beautiful people – millennials, yuppies, young family, etc. If only the food was better.

Wheeler’s Yard
28 Lorong Ampas
Singapore 328781
Tel : +65 6254 9128

Date Visited : Jul 2018

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