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28 Lor Ampas Singapore 328781
 
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Listing created by Bryan Choo on February 04, 2014    

A workshop space that favours bikes which also has a cafe inside.

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Opening Hours:
11am - 8pm
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  • $10-$20
  • $20-30
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Not worth a visit

The service does leave much to be desired - this place, despite proclaiming to be hipster and indie and cool, doesn't have the service staff to match these labels, although the decor is surely a plus.

Beside the decor, though, this cafe is definitely not worth a visit. The bicycles may be cool and all, but the food is pretty subpar and the service, again, is horrendous. One of the staff members fixed a glare upon me when I dared to ask for more utensils having dropped my fork. Honestly, it wasn't that much of a hassle for her to meet my request, so I really cannot understand why she reacted so melodramatically to it.

Don't go, really. You might as well eat outside an East Coast Park bike rental shop.

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Visit only if good food is not your thing!

I told myself I had to visit this place at least once to see what the hype is all about and also because it's only located within 5 minutes from my workplace in Balestier. One weekday evening, we visited the place after work and was wowed by the concept, unique bicycles on display for sale, huge space and cosy decor of the place which was really very instagram-friendly! The back of the workshop faces the park connector and you can see people walking their dogs and jogging on a breezy evening.

However, the good things ended here and what follows was a lackluster dinner at not so pocket-friendly pricing that we promised ourselves never to visit again! I ordered a grilled chicken chop and the gravy on the mashed potato that accompany it was so salty, I was under a full fledged MSG-attack that I didn't touch the mashed potato at all! Needless to say, I was pretty thirsty after that! My husband's Aglio Olio was over-drenched with olive oil and rather forgettable. The service was non-existent as we had to collect our own food but the waiting time was not long. The cakes sitting at the counter looked rather forlorn and unpalatable for their price tags.

I would say you can visit this place ONCE for the novelty or if you only want a nice ambience to chill and read a book with a nice cuppa.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best Part:
Nice & unique ambience
Recommend to Friend:
No
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overhyped

After seeing so many photos of my friends posing with the trademark turquoise backdrop on my instagram, I had to make a visit there. As usually, the impressive backdrop was indeed photo worthy. The interior design is pretty cosy too. Mainly featured bicycles and its parts. Chose a nice comfy sofa seat at a corner and ordered some food. We ordered a burger and a side of truffle fries. As for drinks, we got a cup of latte and a cup of hot chocolate.

It was about 12noon and the cafe is packed. But thanks to its huge space, there were plenty of seats and there wasn't much of a queue. The food and drinks came pretty quick. The truffle fries were really disappointing. There wasn't a tinge of truffle taste nor smell in it. We even asked the waitress if that was truffle fries or just french fries. It was pretty tasteless. And for a price tag of $16, it was expensive for a plate of fried potatoes.

The burger was average. The patty and buns were dry and the fries that came along with it, was as bland as our truffle fries. Drinks wise, not too fantastic either.

But I must say that Wheeler's Yard makes a nice cosy place to read a magazine and chill the afternoon away. But I probably wouldn't head back there to have lunch again.

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Recommend to Friend:
No
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The Latest Instagram Hotspot!

Wheeler's Yard has got to be the latest "see and be seen" spot. With everyone posting their mandatory patron shot in front of it's now-famous shutters, I felt compelled to try it for myself. While the decor is refreshing (even though the bikes are overpriced for the simple frames and wheel sets), the food is decent, but the service is horrible.

I don't know if it's part of the "3rd wave coffee movement" attitude, but I have come to notice that increasingly such cafes are beginning to slacken in their service. Bad service attitude really gets me and I will not hesitate to give a bad review because of that. It doesn't take you a lot to just smile at your customers and even if you own or co-own the place, you don't have to put on a scowl.

My husband ordered the drinks during our first visit and gave me the feedback that their attitude was horrible. I wanted to experience it for myself (and also give them another chance) and went back a 2nd time, during their off-peak day and hour. This time, the staff that served me was rather chirpy, but an older lady (probably the co-owner, cos she does nothing but uses her laptop or walks around with her laptop) whom I saw in my previous visit had the exact same look both times - a permanent "black face".

The man at the bike shack doesn't seem to know his stuff well. My husband (who is takes part in triathlons and ironman competitions, and has his own tri-bike) asked him several questions about their bikes but his replies were rather haphazard. I would like to think that the bicycles are more for decor purposes than for sale, because there are many other places in Singapore which offer better bikes for less.

Back to the food and drinks. I must say I enjoyed their iced chocolate and ordered it both times. Caffeine is not my drug so I always order a cup of iced chocolate whenever I visit cafes while the husband will have his usual flat white/ latte. Most cafes serve iced chocolate that are either too milky or too powdery. I like that Wheeler's Yard iced chocolate is rich in chocolatey taste without being too powdery.

The husband liked his coffee as well. On my 2nd visit, I ordered a buttered croissant. It was a tad too oily and flaky for my liking but my todd loved it.

In view of the bad service experience, I wonder if I would return for a 3rd time to try out their food menu. But for now, I hope they will improve on their service standards because Singaporean consumers are smart and sensitive souls. Once the hype dies down, people will look for the extra something that you have to offer.

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Love this place!

Wheeler's Yard has been hugely popular among the locals, especially the teenagers, so I decided to check this place out on a Saturday morning. Upon entering the place, my first thought is that Wheeler's Yard is really spacious! Even though there was a huge weekend crowd when I went, the cafe had more than enough space to fit everyone in. I love how there's an indoor and outdoor dining area, so you can choose whether you want to dine alfresco or within the comfort of air-conditioning indoors.

Even though I read several reviews regarding the bad service and long waiting time, I didn't experience either when I was there. We waited approximately half an hour for all of our food to come, which was served piping hot. The only minor error was when my buzzer rang for me to collect my food when it actually wasn't done, so I made a wasted trip to the counter, and the server didn't really apologise. But since there's no service charge, I'm not really picky about their service.

Food was quite decent. We tried Big Breakfast, Smoked Salmon Buttery Croissant and Smoke Salmon. The Big Breakfast was well done with a generous serving of scrambled eggs, and the smoke salmon was pretty delicious. Also, the fries served with the main dishes were really good, so good that we finished the whole lot in no time. All the servings are really big, so they're quite worth their price tag. In general, Wheeler's Yard is a good place to chill and have a nice cup of drink or a full meal with friends or even on your own.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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