The Workbench Bistro is a hip contemporary cafe nestled under a block of HBD flats in the quiet neighbourhood of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, just behind Christ the King church.
Serving up mains, a host of drinks including artisan ciders, dessert and even breakfast items, the café oozes simplicity and a homely, warm, and cosy charm.
The Workbench Bistro: Food
The café is small in size, but big on food.
The ice cream here is supplied from local brand Bing Bing while their food creations are a fusion of western and Singaporean flavours.
The Workbench Bistro takes pride in the presentation of their dishes! All are super picture worthy.
Salted egg chicken wings
The salted egg chicken wings ($12.90) was as delectable as it could get!
They were super generous with the salted egg sauce. The sauce wasn’t overpowering, and it was just right – creamy and flavourful.
Egg lava beef burger
Next up was the egg lava beef burger ($16.90). The beef patty comes in the shape of a donut with the half boiled egg positioned inside.
The burger is then topped with crispy grilled bacon and cheese.
When you cut the burger open, the yolk flows out nicely, hence the name egg lava. There were plenty of herbs infused into the meat. If you love your meat with a herby taste, you’d love this.
All the burgers are served with freshly made brioche buns and paprika fries!
Crab meat linguine
The crab meat linguine ($15.90) was our favorite main, the dish was very refreshing. Here’s what our ambassador, Ruth, had to say!
The lumpy, jumbo crab meat was more than sufficient and the pasta itself was cooked to perfection – Al dente!
The sauce is a mixture of white wine and light tomato cream sauce. Surprisingly, it was delicate and light. We didn’t feel gelat at all! Could totally eat this forever.
We also had their signature truffle fries ($9.90), which smelled heavenly, and their iced chocolate ($5.50) and the iced green tea latte ($6.00), which were served in pretty mason jars.
The Workbench Bistro: Dessert
Finally came the behemoth that is the s’moreffles supreme ($29.90).
By the time we reached this part of the meal, we had to ask the chefs if they could just give us 2 instead of 3 waffles, which they did so with a smile.
The waffles were dark red and green. As a dish together, it certainly provided the wow factor. It looked impressive and tasted even better – the perfect guilty indulgence!
It was a tad sweet, and should definitely be shared.
The café itself was very comfortable. We were there for almost 2 hours and did not feel unwelcome at any point of time. The service was prompt and food was served at a brisk pace upon ordering.
With a cosy, rustic interior and reasonable prices (they do not add any service taxes or GST!), this café is definitely worth a visit!
The Workbench Bistro
Address: 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-1881, 560332
Opening Hours: 12:00PM to 10PM (Mon-Thurs), 12:00PM to 11:00PM (Fri), 10:00AM to 11:00PM (Sat), 10:00AM to 10:00PM (Sun)
Phone: 6452 0810
This was an invited tasting session.