Tour: W39 Bistro & Bakery

This cheerful and cosy restaurant in Clementi makes almost everyone think of home, thanks to its classic country-style interiors.

Updated on August 10, 2017 16:08 pm

Jerni Camposano

review and tour of W39 Bistro & bakery at Jalan Mas Puteh

When was the last time you stepped into a new place and found yourself instantly in a better mood? Such is the case for new (and returning) diners in this corner restaurant in the West.

Whimsical hues of sunshiny yellow and vibrant blue greet you upon entering W39 Bistro & Bakery. Its cheerful colour palette, wooden wall panels and furnishings, and the overall homey ambience promise a delightful experience for everyone.

store front at W39 Bistro & Bakery, bright and inviting colours used
colourful and clean dining space at W39 Bistro & Bakery

Sisters Jamie and Jasmine Lu, who grew up in a family of eight, realise the importance of a cosy dining ambience. "Sharing a hearty meal with loved ones over good conversations and laughs comes naturally to us. That's why we wanted to fill this cosy space with the same warmth and joy we share at our dining table, without compromising on top-notch food and drinks," shares Jamie.

Jasmine adds, "The look of the bistro has influence from classic country design with a modern eclectic approach. Some of our customers have expressed that they really love the design of our bistro and have also enquired where we got our furniture. They appreciate the cheerful yet laidback vibe of the interior and have even compared us to some cafes in Australia!"

While the sisters knew they had a gem in this corner shophouse in Clementi, certain elements proved to be a challenge in the whole design process. They consulted interior design company three-d conceptwerke to help them create a space that will look and feel like an extension of their diners' homes.

bestsellers are cakes & pastries at W39 bistro and bakery
vintage, retro and fun plating, tablewares and furnitures at W39 bistro and bakery

"As the cafe interior area is very small and was painted brown by the previous tenant, we had to make some drastic changes to make the space look bigger. We knocked down a huge bar counter," shares Jamie. "We wanted the space to not only have sufficient seating, but to look different, warm, and cheerful as well."

The Lu sisters understand that the restaurant's interiors draws customers in. "Every interior creates a different environment, mood, and atmosphere for the diners. A unique one will definitely be more memorable. Our interiors has helped differentiate us from other restaurants," Jasmine notes.

trendy and latest magazines and reads available for browsing at W39 bistro & bakery
vintage, retro wooden knick knacks and toys for display at W39 Bistro & Bakery
retro display ornaments at W39 Bistro & Bakery in Singapore

The communal table, which was customised and fabricated, is a definite headturner in the bistro and bakery. Considering that the sisters enjoy heartwarming meals with their big family, having a long dining table and mismatched bright chairs was a must.

W39 Bistro & Bakery has a treasure trove of vintage items in its pigeon hole area. The custom-made shelf wonderfully displays a collection of trinkets—some from the sisters' personal collection (toy binoculars, matchbox cars, and old mugs remind them of their happy days as kids), and others generously given to them by loyal patrons (like the mini carousel and a vintage camera).

One of the great things about being a neighbourhood cafe is the relationships they have forged with the people in the community. W39 Bistro & Bakery affords families and groups of friends the opportunity to feast on classic and modern dishes (such as the seared tuna, rainbow cake, and chocolate cake below), have meaningful conversations, and just enjoy a good time—together, in one long dining table, surrounded by interesting knick knacks from yesteryears.

seared tuna - classic and modern dish at W39 Bistro & Bakery
rainbow cake and chocolate cake are the most popular cakes at W39 Bistro & Bakery

At W39 Bistro & Bakery, home-cooked goodness is the secret ingredient of every dish. Some of the must-try dishes include Seared Tuna (slices of tuna filler gently seared on the outside, served with light wasabi mayo, avocado salsa, trout caviar, soy glaze, and shiso leaves), and the bistro's famous Rainbow Cake and Mr. Chocolate cake.

country style knick knack displays as as retro candies, tablewares at W39 Bistro & Bakery

For homeowners looking to use country style in their homes, be inspired by the laid back and casual vibe of W39 Bistro & Bakery. Here are some notes:

Dining Table: Solid wood for the table top with lacquered finished
Dining Chairs: Plywood for the table legs with spray paint finish
Walls: Plywood with veneer finish to form the wood paneling
Flooring: Raw cement flooring with epoxy finish
Ceiling: False Ceiling
Lighting: Ceiling light laid out using PVC pipe with silver spray paint finished paired with naked bulbs
Bar Area (the resto's cashier area): Body constructed mainly from plywood to form the shape; strips of plywood cut into certain angle and laid diagonally to form the outlook

brightly coloured chairs for the dining space at W39 Bistro & Bakery

With W39 Bistro & Bakery's home-styled interiors, it's like sharing a meal right in the dining area of your own home!

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