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We first heard about W39 Bistro on Power98FM, then read about it in The Straits Times, 8 Days and the Catalog Magazine and I knew we had to pop by and give it a try! Located in the private estates area of Clementi, this restaurant was easy to spot for many reasons. W39 had a light blue exterior with yellow glass doors, giving off a bright and youthful feeling – a great sight on a Saturday morning. When we reached at about 11.30am, there were already plenty of customers dining outside.
To have people not mind dining in the heat, that’s got to mean something. Luckily, someone left as we arrived, freeing up seats for us in the cooler interior. Walking in to the restaurant, it was just as cheerful as it was on the outside. The amount of positive energy flowing in the restaurant was amazing. The design of the bistro was so homely, and the staff were all smiles. We couldn’t wait to place our order! To know that this was managed and opened by 2 young sisters just impressed us even further.
Ribena lemon twist ($4.50)
First off, the drinks. In case you’re wondering what this is, it’s soda mixed with Ribena syrup, mint leaves and a slice of lemon! The soda overwhelmed the taste of everything else though, so it wasn’t too interesting.
Ice lemon tea ($3.50)
Refreshing and light, with just the right amount of sweetness.
Chef’s Special Nonya Mee Siam ($9.50)
One of the better ones we have ever eaten, the gravy was thick and flavourful. Fresh prawns were used, and a poached egg was used in place of a hard-boiled egg – huge thumbs up for that. The chilli used had dried shrimps in it which gave it an extra kick. Although interpreted in a modern fusion style, the traditional gravy nevertheless brought back a taste of nostalgia.
Fluffy Pancakes ($10.00)
This huge stack of pancakes felt homemade and they sure lived up to its name as each pancake was really fluffy, which explains why three pancakes could produce such a tall stack! The fruits used were on the sour side, creating a harmonic blend with the sweet maple syrup used.
Confit of Duck Leg ($19.50)
Very tender, the meat falls off so easily as you slide your knife through it. Some light herbs were used to marinate the duck confit, while I personally liked the light tinge of herbs, my parents preferred the use of stronger herbs so they thought it was bland. The mashed potato could have used a bit more butter and cream to make it more fragrant. The salad was fresh and crunchy with a nice dressing. Grilled tomato was lovely too.
Mr Chocolate with Ice Cream ($8.80)
The chocolate cake was very dense and moist, topped with rich and slightly too sweet chocolate syrup. With the vanilla ice cream, it was just sweetness overload! Still, worth trying if you’re a chocolate lover with a sweet tooth.
Red velvet cake ($6.80)
Cream cheese was tangy which helped bring some balance to the sweet red velvet. This once again was a little too sweet for our liking. It could have had a richer chocolate and coffee fragrance which was most probably over powered by the sugar present.
Overall, W39 is a nice chill out place with friends. We highly recommend the Mee Siam which was commendable, unfortunately, it is only available during weekend. Cakes were much too sweet and didn’t exactly whet our appetites. However, if you have a sweet tooth, you may have a different opinion!
Address: 39 Jalan Mas Puteh, Singapore 128637
Tel: 9646 5372
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Closed on Monday