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Nearest MRT Station: Novena, Toa Payoh
Located in the heart of Balestier is the unique café-cum-bicycle showroom that customers frequent. Wheeler’s Yard has successfully adopted this new concept of an industrial warehouse setting that will keep customers busy snapping away their cameras. It’s spacious, a wonderful eye-opener, and great for bicycle-lovers!
In fact, Wheeler’s Yard encourages bicycle lovers to cycle over to the café through the ease of the park connector, while they can rest for a short tea break before setting off again.
However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t keep non-bicycle lovers in mind. Within the creative space of the industrial warehouse setting lies the answer to your hungry stomachs. It’s not a typical café that you will commonly find in our country and definitely a must-visit for photographers.
Despite its location, Wheeler’s Yard still has quite a crowd, especially on weekends. We took a look at the menu once seated. Brunch runs from 10:30AM – 17:00PM while Dinner runs until 21:00/22:00PM, depending on the day you visit.
As for the food menu items, Wheeler’s Yard serves drinks, pies, sandwiches, all-day breakfast, appetizers, mains, and even their specialty Yard Burgers such as the Hum Bao Bao ($23.90).
With their illustrated Coffee Guide for new customers, ordering a cuppa latte or cappuccino becomes a breeze.
Wheeler’s Yard also encourages customers to practice ‘self-service’, where orders can be placed at the main counter, and food or drinks can be picked up from the side counter once the alarm signal goes off. (Psst, did you realize that the yellow structures above form a W letter for Wheeler’s Yard?)
In addition to the ‘self-service’ practice implemented, customers can help themselves to the utensils, serviettes, straws and sauces at the side counter. Complimentary iced water is provided. You can also plug in to the headset to tune in to a couple of songs.
Iced Latte ($6)
It was a tad too bitter for our liking and a pity that adding sugar grains couldn’t help because it was iced and not boiling hot. Hence, we requested adding milk into the iced latte and the staff kindly assisted. It was still rather bitter, but we were glad that the staff at the side counter assisted us in a polite manner.
Truffle Fries ($16)
The truffle fries come in a big portion that could be easily shared among 2-4 people, depending on your intake. Reasonable quantity for a heavy price, although I personally prefer shoestring truffle fries that provide me with a greater ‘truffle flavour’.
I’m a huge fan of truffle fries and this plate of truffle fries was rather disappointing because of the lack of ‘truffle flavour’ infused in the fries. Some of the fries at the bottom are soaked with truffle oil, yet many of the fries we tasted in that platter contained little or no ‘truffle flavour’.
Grilled Chicken ($17.90)
We also decided to order a plate of Grilled Chicken under the chef’s recommendation. The mushrooms tasted great and there was also an abundance of sauce drizzled over the grilled chicken. Mashed potato lovers can also opt for the purchase of this dish.
However, for customers or the elderly who lack a strong set of teeth that could withstand chewing on harder food, it might not be recommended as the grilled chicken and asparagus might be slightly harder to chew on.
Besides a great variety of cool accessories to choose from, there are also a few selections of kid’s bikes that can be sold to the public. Sofas can also be found, even within the workshop space, outside of the café. Customers enjoy sitting on the couches while unwinding and admiring the vintage furniture and fixtures.
Here is my overall rating of the café – Wheelers Yard.
Would I visit the café again? Maybe, because of the cozy set-up in this revamped warehouse that creates the atmosphere that customers favour. Despite the food menu items being satisfactory yet charged at a heftier price, the friendly staff at Wheeler’s Yard and the whole concept of a bicycle café draws me back for a visit again in the future. Click here for more information on Wheeler’s Yard.
That’s the end of our first café-hopping stop! Hope you’ve found the article helpful and like our eLifestyle World Facebook page if you haven’t. 😉 Stay tuned to the next stop! Till then.
eLifestyle Food Blogger (Cheow Yi)