PET-FRIENDLY VENUE

Wild­seed Cafe & Bar may be a tad out of the way, but pawrents and their pups will be re­warded with lush green­ery in idyl­lic sur­round­ings.

Pets (Singapore) - - Contents - By Christiann Priyanka

Na­ture and hearty Asian-in­flected cafe fare come to­gether at gar­den-themed eatery, Wild­seed Cafe.

if you’re a fan of Aussie-style cafes, you’ll love Wild­seed Cafe & Bar. Lo­cated at Sele­tar Aero­space Park, this hip­ster cafe oc­cu­pies the ground floor of a dou­ble-storey colo­nial style bungalow dubbed The Sum­mer­house. Fea­tur­ing hip in­dus­trial in­te­ri­ors ac­cented with rus­tic Scan­di­na­vian fur­nish­ings and vi­brant blooms—cour­tesy of on-site florist Poppy Flo­ral Stu­dio—Wild­seed serves clas­sic cafe fare, some in­flected with Asian flavours. The lat­ter in­cludes lo­cally in­spired op­tions like Ke­long Prawn & Scal­lop Pizza ($19) and Atas Kaya Toast ($8).

Stay­ing true to its green con­cept, the cafe also boasts an on-site gar­den next to the al fresco area. Be­sides sup­ply­ing pro­duce to Wild­seed’s kitchen, the gar­den houses sev­eral ge­o­desic domes that re­sem­ble minia­ture green­houses. The use of these trans­par­ent struc­tures are by reser­va­tion at din­ner­time only and cater to pa­trons of The Sum­mer­house Din­ing Room on the sec­ond storey. Although Wild­seed cus­tomers can’t dine in the domes, they do add to the am­bi­ence.

Pooches aren’t al­lowed in­side the 35-seater cafe un­less it’s rain­ing, but the 165-seat al fresco area of­fers an abun­dance of space for paw-rents and their pups.

FOOD AND DRINK

A de­par­ture from ho-hum pizza flavours, the Ke­long Prawn & Scal­lop Pizza com­bines im­pec­ca­bly fresh tiger prawns and scal­lops with su­per sweet cherry toma­toes and rocket pesto. The her­bi­ness of the fresh basil (in the pesto) coun­ter­bal­anced the rich­ness of the seafood and cheese.

One of our favourites was the Wagyu & Pork Ragout Lin­guine ($19)—an umami bomb of house-made wagyu bolog­nese with slow-cooked Iberico pork col­lar ragout. The meaty sauce was com­ple­mented by per­fectly al dente lin­guine strands.

Skip the too-sweet desserts and or­der a cof­fee or sum­mer cooler in­stead. If you pre­fer your caf­feine less tan­nic with a hint of choco­latey sweet­ness, opt for the su­perbly brewed Cafe Mocha ($6.50). On

a hot day, cool down with a smoothie or milk­shake. How­ever, the cafe does seem to be a lit­tle heavy-handed with sugar so request for your drink to be less sweet.

AM­BI­ENCE

Dur­ing the day, Wild­seed is quaint and cosy, ideal for a laid­back af­ter­noon with Fido. Bright and spa­cious, the domes in the al fresco area lend a whim­si­cal vibe to the space. Most im­por­tantly, the out­door area is well-ven­ti­lated and rel­a­tively breezy.

PET-FRIEND­LI­NESS

Although pets are al­lowed only in the al fresco area (ex­cept on rainy days), there’s plenty of room—even for bigger dogs. Pooches are also al­lowed in the gar­den, which is a boon. Wa­ter bowls are not pro­vided. How­ever, the cafe has a wa­ter dis­penser in­doors, so hy­drat­ing your furkid won’t be an is­sue.

AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY

Sele­tar Aero­space Park isn’t in the most con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, but is still some­what ac­ces­si­ble. The near­est MRT sta­tions are Pung­gol and Yishun, and from the train sta­tions, you’ll need to hop on bus ser­vices 103 or 107 to get to Wild­seed. If you drive, there’s an open-air car park right be­side the cafe.

PRICE

The prices are a bit steeper than at stan­dard cafes, but por­tions are fairly gen­er­ous. Ap­pe­tis­ers start from $8, mains from $15, sal­ads from $11, desserts from $7.50, and drinks from $4.

PAW-RAT­ING:

Wild­seed Cafe & Bar is spot-on with its na­ture-cen­tric am­bi­ence, cof­fee and food (bar­ring the desserts). The lovely gar­den alone is worth a trek with your pup to north­east Singapore. Wild­seedCafe&Bar 3ParkLane,Sele­tarAerospaceParkSin­ga­pore 798387

Tel:62621063 Open­inghours:Wild­seedCafe:9am-6pm (Mon­day­toFri­day);8:30am-6pm(Satur­day andSun­day).Wild­seedBar:5pm-11pm (Sun­day­toThurs­day);5pm-1am(Fri­day, Satur­dayandEve­of­pub­li­chol­i­days).Last or­der­sat2:30pm­for­week­dayandweek­end lunch­menus.All­day­menuisavail­abletill 4:30pm.

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