Two words are apt to describe Well Collective, located in Northshore Plaza 2 (Punggol): “calm”, followed by “clever”.
There are plenty to mention, but first, note that you can bring your pets here.
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“Calm” because its pleasing interior of pale beige walls framed by curved arches is easy on the eye.
When you step into this 40-odd-seater restaurant on the mall’s second floor, there is plenty of indoor and outdoor space.
Not just for you but also for your furry friends, which can dine with you in the outdoors area. I observed dog bowls that customers can fill with water at the side.
“Clever” because it is located in Punggol’s young urban residential area. The on-trend interior and price point will probably draw the millennials who stay there.
The restaurant is also in Singapore’s first open-air seafront mall built from eco-friendly materials, so you can enjoy the cool breeze and views of Malaysia.
Besides, the restaurant is also integrated with a pet grooming, vet clinic, and pet shop selling food and accessories.
To get to the mall, take the Northeast MRT line and stop at Punggol MRT. Then transfer to Samudera LRT. If you drive, the signage can be confusing.
First of all, Well Collective isn’t new to the F&B game. The restaurant is helmed by Cassandra Tan and team, who are also behind Botany (Robertson Quay) and The Ritual (Bukit Timah Road).
If you have been to either, you would recognise similar themes of leafy greens and wide-open spaces here.
When you step into Well Collective, the muted colours of the layout make for distraction-free dining.
They serve a “contemporary modern Japanese-inspired casual dining concept”. You should see some interesting finds on the starter, breakfast and main menus.
Keeping in line with the theme of wellness, you can also find gluten-free and vegan options, which are suitable for those with a vegan diet.
The starters start from $10 onwards, with choices of Tofu Tempe Fries ($12), Truffle Kombu Fries ($15), Salmon Miso Soup ($10) and Torched Pitan Tofu ($10).
Unfortunately, my first choice of Mid wings with Yuzu Chilli Sauce ($13) was not available. It was a pity, as the description of “baked wings cooked with yuzu chilli glaze and garlic crumbs” sounds enticing.
The server recommended their Chicken Karaage with Truffle Mayo ($15) instead. Bite into the crunchy batter, and you would find juicy chicken thigh pieces, though slightly pricy.
I could not taste any obvious difference in the homemade batter, but the dip of truffle mayo was tasty. There was a slight tinge of wasabi in the mayo, rounding out the oiliness of the chicken.
Take note that the breakfast menu is only available till 3pm, and includes items such as Signature Avo Toast ($19), Truffle Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon Toast ($23), Steak and Eggs ($25), Grandma Lee Chicken Congee ($13), Madame’s Truffled Egg Croissant ($19), and Creme Brulee French Toast ($19).
So if you are hungry, go for the Well Daily Big Breakfast ($25), which allows you to customise to a plant-based or vegetarian version.
Since I saw Madame’s Truffled Egg Croissant ($19) mentioned a few times on social media, I decided to give that a go.
It was love at first bite. One important thing to highlight – Well Collective did not skimp on its ingredients. Upon cutting open the croissant, you can see the cheese oozing generously out.
The truffle smell was also relatively intense.
The main menu has a good selection of pizza, pasta, udon noodles and a barramundi option, such as Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($21), Mushroom Aglio Olio ($18), and Yaki Udon ($18).
You can also customise healthier, gluten-free options from the Well Daily Protein Bowl ($25), which lets you choose a base of quinoa or salad before adding a protein.
Despite the small serving, the medium rare vide steak in my Truffles Beef Bowl ($25) was chunky and had a good meat-to-fat ratio.
The Japanese rice paired with sour tsukemono lightened the savoury combination.
Apart from food, the restaurant also sells cakes, waffles, crepes, and a range of house-made baked goods such as their signature Ritual Basque Cheese Cake.
I can recommend the delicious White Cold Brew Coffee ($7.50) made in-house, which was a creamy, milky delight.
While Northshore can be out of the way, it can be worth the journey to check out Well Collective if you are coming to Punggol.
The service was great; plus it was a nice place just to sit and have some me-time.
Northshore Plaza 2, 418 Northshore Dr, Blk 418 #02-11/12, Singapore 820418
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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* Written by Juls H, a writer, designer, and social media marketer. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.