We heard that this cafe is a franchise from Perth and thus had to try their specialty coffee. The baristas will recommend different blends by asking the customers’ coffee preferences. The blends here are unique.
We ordered Guatemala blend Latte large ($5.50), Zumo blend Flat White large ($5.50), Carrot Loaf ($7) and Yorkless Cheesecake ($7.50).
The Latte Guatemala was quite acidic but drank with milk was not that bad. It’s like kopi O with milk. Strong bean aroma and more bitter compared to Zumo blend with a strong coffee aftertaste. Guatemala was the day’s specialty blend and Yahava charges additional $1 if you order their it.
The Flat White Zumo blend was less acidic and less aromatic than the Guatemala blend. The milk brings out the flavour. It has a strong cream/milk aftertaste. This Zumo blend was medium roasted.
The coffee here do not contain sugar. You have to add them yourself.
The Carrot Loaf had a strong cinnamon aroma with a spongy QQ texture. The walnut bits on the butter cream added texture to the cake. The cake melted in my mouth, exploding with flavour. Disappointingly, I did not taste much carrot in the cake.
The Yorkless Cheesecake was quite small. It was light and fluffy with a notable sour cream flavour.
7% GST is charged here.
They do have have individual menus for customers, you have to order from the wall menu behind the cashier.
Their cakes are outsourced and a tad too pricey in my opinion. I would definitely be back for their coffee though. This place is really quiet and spacious- conducive for studying- even on a Saturday afternoon.
Coffee appreciation workshops are conducted here too.
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Today, we went to Bedok Reservoir for a walk and it started to drizzle. It was cold and raining non-stop, so we decided that Refuel was a perfect place to for us to stay dry and enjoy some warm delicious food.
We order Seafood Marinara ($13.90), Meaty Mac & Cheese ($13.50), Soup W Toast ($5.50), Dark Chocolate Pistachio ($7.90) and Mocha Latte ($5.50).
The Seafood Marinara was interesting. It has the taste of the sea with a sour blend from the marinara soup. This dish includes prawns and mussels. Very flavourful but the portion is quite small.
The Meaty Mac & Cheese was a bit overwhelming. Too much cheese for me. It was quite disappointing to find that “meaty” element in the dish is the beef flavoured sauce.
Soup W Toast was delicious. I enjoyed the soup the most. It was similar to the one I had at Fuel Plus (same owner). I like the creamy consistency and the crunchy texture of the soup.
Dark Chocolate Pistachio was awesome. I love the fresh cake aroma of vanilla and nuts wafting from the butter cake. The dark chocolate icing added sweetness hard and brittle cake. (I know what you are thinking. The cake came with a “hole”. This was the second time. We asked for another cake as the previous one also had a “hole”. Somehow, the kitchen crew do not know how to properly cut/ serve a slice of cake.)
Mocha Latte was heavenly. It was creamy and fragrant. You have to try it for yourself. I am not a caffeine person but I have fallen in love with this coffee drink.
I stay quite far from Bedok but I would totally travel the distance to get quality food. I will definitely be back to try the other goodies on their menu!
I stay in the area but have never step my foot into this cafe as I am always skeptical about heartland cafes. It was a hot and lazy Saturday morning and I decided to grab brunch there.
The cafe is dimly lit and has a cozy ambience. I, however, felt that their air conditioner is too strong. I was literally freezing.
We ordered carbonara, mushroom pasta (vegan), latte and waffle ice cream.
The carbona was not cheesy enough. The sauce was too diluted. The bacon was not fully cooked and had the pork odour.
The mushroom pasta was a tad too salty. The linguine was doused with oil with slices of chili and mushrooms in between the pasta. This pasta is vegan.
Both pasta dishes were substandard.
The latte was dry (too little liquid milk) and sugarless.
Now, the highlight of the meal and what The Workbench Bistro is famous for. Waffles. It was seriously amazing. We had the original waffle with Bailey Irish Cream and Strawberry ice cream. The waffles were aromatic, definitely better than Cold Pantry. The waffle texture was moist inside and crisp on the outside. The strawberry ice cream was acidic and refreshing and compliments the more creamy and thick Bailey Irish Cream ice cream. The chocolate sauce drizzled on top added a sweet edge to the waffle.
The total bill came to slightly under 40 bucks.
I recommend this place if you are looking for a cozy place to get quality ice cream waffles in the heartland. To add, there’s free wifi! Since it’s located near Bishan Park, you can go for a walk after eating to burn the calories!
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