Talk about sunshine happy! Just stepping into the cafe will probably lift your spirits. W39 Bistro & Bakery is delightfully decked out in shades of sunshine yellow, bright turquoise and white, and makes for a very whimsical and cheerful cafe experience.
Located in a quiet estate in the west-side, the cafe’s calling card is their sunshine happy staff, and delectable food. The interior is an eclectic and interesting mix of odds-and-ends, and vintage candies and toys.
Being a part bakery, they have a bright turquoise cabinet (gorgeous!) that showcases their golden baked goods. Everything looks so good, I wanted to buy one of each, although I settled for the brioche and was delighted – the fat round disc of bread was soft and fluffy, and had a swirl of custard baked into the top to offer a slight sweetness. It’s delicious toasted slightly and topped with a smear of butter.
It was a hit with the kids too, simply torn and eaten fresh out of the bag!
The dining menu is limited but enticing. There is also a children’s menu available too, but our kids were satisfied just munching on the bread, so we left it at that. My latte was served in a petite cup, and I would have loved for it to be double the size, because it was rich and very well made. The iced lemon tea came in a larger cup and is an excellent thirst quencher for hot afternoons.
We ordered the seared tuna, avocado salsa, soy glaze wasabi mayo after spotting it on another table, and realising that every single other table had also ordered it. Being nosy, we had to have it too!
And… it was the runaway winner of the whole meal. Reasonably priced, the dish boasted 6 long and thick chunks of perfectly-seared tuna, a dollop of creamy fresh avocado, caviar, and a drizzle of tasty balsamic glaze. It was beautifully presented on a slate, and looked like it should’ve been served in a fine dining restaurant. GET THIS DISH…. you won’t regret it.
The parma ham and mozzarella panini looked pretty enticing when it arrived, though I can’t comment on the taste as I didn’t have any. My girlfriend, however, noted that the staff did not drain the mozzarella properly, so the water was oozing out of the sandwich as she was eating, and had also soaked into the bread, making it soggy. An effective draining technique would have made this dish much better.
My sake mussels with fries was a delight, and a dish I’d order again for sure. The mussels were the small kind, but were cooked to juicy and tender perfection! The sake gravy was paired beautifully and gave the dish the right amount of salty taste, and the substantial bowl of fries was sufficient to fill me right up.
Their cakes are tantalizingly displayed in a glass cabinet (watch out kids!), and it was difficult to select one each. So much so that I bought two more to takeaway. My mister Chocolate was indulgent. A soft chocolate sponge cake, draped in rich chocolate ganache. You’ll love this if you’re a chocolate lover.
The small slice of crispy Hazelnut cake looked like something out of a French patisserie. It left us wondering if the cafe bakes their own cakes, or purchases them from somewhere else? The cake was light and I thoroughly enjoyed the gentle crispiness of the layers. I certainly wanted more.
The kids spent ages playing around in the cafe. Fortunately, it wasn’t too crowded on a weekday, and they had a grand ‘ol time pottering around playing with their toys, and playing peekaboo around the large table. At least it gave us mamas a bit of time to relax!
There is also a sweet cat on premises, that hangs around and is as gentle as can be! Even with two toddlers terrorizing it and trying to pat it, it tolerated all that attention like a boss. It means that kids are kept occupied outside the cafe too, and my toddler was in much awe at seeing a real cat up close.
Last Bite: W39 Bistro & Bakery is a whimsical and cheery cafe, offering a limited but well-executed menu. The food is beautifully presented and delicious! Kids will have a great time ferreting around the old school candies and toys, as well as playing with the gentle cat outside.
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: Yes
W39 Bistro & Bakery
39 Jalan Mas Puteh, Singapore 128637
Tel: (+65) 9646 5372
Opening hours: Tue to Fri 11am-10pm, Sat to Sun 9am-10:30pm
Beverly is a mama of 2, a confessed shopaholic, a hardcore foodie, and the writer and editor behind the new website, Brunch with my Baby. Brunch With My Baby is all about helping parents live a stylish, delicious and fun life with their kids in Singapore (and beyond!).