Wheeler’s Yard, which must have been one of Singapore’s most instagrammable café, has opened Wheeler’s Estate.
Tell me which café hopper / fashion instagrammer / local ‘hipster’ have not taken an #OOTD #Jumpshot with that iconic blue door preserved from the 1980s at Wheeler’s Yard.
Okay, I am one of those slow ones who didn’t. Blue door we remember, food not quite.
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In line with the mantra, “Singaporeans can travel ANYWHERE for food”, the Ong brothers team has opened Wheeler’s Estate at the redeveloped Seletar Aerospace Park.
The Uber driver asked me what I was going to do there, very suspiciously.
Obviously to eat, right? There are a few other food concepts at this ulu part of Singapore – Youngs Bar & Restaurant, The Summerhouse and Di Wei Teo Chew Restaurant. Welcome to new ‘Dempsey’ to Seletar.
Wheeler’s Estate comprises of 6 components – Restaurant, Café, Bar, Events, Picnic and Cycling.
This is the place where you can bring your families to see some real greenery of Singapore, for children to run amok without iPads distracting them, and for food bloggers and instagrammers who pretty much run out of hip-places to eat in Singapore.
Get a few kakis, and spend a leisure afternoon there.
This is a huge and charming place of a two-storey colonial bungalow – a grill house downstairs, a restaurant upstairs. Feel free to borrow a mat to have a picnic and get a tan.
The interior is done up well – Cantarutti chairs spotted, but can get echo-y when diners talk too loud.
Food seems to be on the pricier side – Beef Short Rib ($59), Tequila and Lime Pork Spare Ribs ($45), Peruvian BBQ Style ($32), Surf and Turf ($45), Estate Corzetti Pasta ($20), T-Bone Steak ($90 for 500g) and Scotch Filler ($39 for 300g).
Just a quick observation of the customers (for now): Other than 4 tables of instagrammers (I count myself too), the rest of the other diners were carrying expensive bags, and came in some fancy car like the Mini Cooper.
I was recommended both the predictable fare Chicken Parmigiana ($29 for 2), and The Fish and Chips ($25), which I obediently ordered.
Not bad, not bad.
The parmesan crumbled chicken schnitzel came topped with ham, mozzarella cheese and Napoli sauce, with curly fries on side.
The chicken had a moist, tender bite. Considering it was already quite thin in thickness, they somehow managed to seal in the juiciness. Wished the outer layer was crisper though.
Fish and Chips was to the expensive side, but at least boosted of light batter and fresh tasting meat.
Personally, I am not overly sure if the quality of the dishes corresponds to the price-point.
However, I find this a comfortable, attractive place that is not overly pretentious to have a good-day’s conversation with family and friends. I came with a friend’s mum. Now, who say aunties cannot be hipsters?
2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park Singapore 798386
(From Punggol MRT: Make your way to the bus stop at Punggol Temporary Interchange, Punggol Place. Board bus 117 and alight at Seletar Aerospace Drive, just right before The Oval.)
Tel: +65 6262 0001
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri, Eve of PH), 8am – 10:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.