Was supposed to go for an easy round of 9-hole golf with the Man on Sunday after our massage. But it turned out, my massage therapist gave me a not-so-relaxing 90 minutes massage. It was so super intense that it left me battered and bruised after the session. I felt like I couldn’t walk and was certainly in no condition to do any kind of swinging on the green. So we decided to go check out another new place – Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar.
Opened by the folks who’s responsible for the success of Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy, Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar looks set to follow in its predecessors footsteps. I haven’t been to the former two, but have heard and read of the rave reviews by bloggers and friends. So I’m pretty pleased to head down to their latest outlet to check out their offerings.
I’m no coffee connoisseur but I do enjoy a cuppa quite frequently, so I was pretty excited to see how good the coffee was. Feeling a little famished from the early breakie we had, I glanced at the menu and spied a couple of items that would be really good as tummy-fillers (appropriately classified if I may add).
We were there at about 2.30pm on a Sunday afternoon and despite the light rains, it was pretty crowded. It was probably the brunch / lunch crowd that we bumped into. Thankfully, it wasn’t exactly a very long wait for we managed to get a counter-seat after about 10 minutes.
After securing our seats, the Man went over to the counter to get our food and drinks. The coffee is freshly brewed and made on the spot. The servers will not be sending you your drinks, so stick around and make sure you pick your beverage orders up before returning to your seat.
Like I said, I’m not too good with coffee language and sent the Man with the wrong order. Not very pleased with my order of fresh brew and milk, I decided to go and get another cuppa. This time round, I got the Espresso with Milk (yup, an equivalent of a latte).
A much more satisfying brew if I may add.
As for light bites? The Man ordered the Hazelnut and Ginger Tea-Cake which I thought was really good. I liked the light hint of hazelnut coupled with the ginger bits in the tea-cake. A refreshing combination that I’ve not tasted anywhere else. Many of the baked goods available at CSHH are made fresh from their kitchen and they run out pretty fast. I saw a fresh batch of lemon madeleines that were placed on the counter and they looked awesome! Pity the queue was too long and I was too lazy to rejoin the queue just to buy them back. This definitely calls for another trip down I guess.
And because we felt like having something savory, we got the Breakfast Daily. Today’s special was the Baked Ratatouille with an Egg. Don’t you just love breakfast items that can be eaten at any time of the day? This definitely was and made for a real satisfying snack.
I do hope we make another trip down soon. Those beef patties that I spied some of the customers having looked super yummy. And if we do come again, I’m going to bring me an empty tummy to fill up on food and coffee.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar
Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore
Telephone: +65 6396 0609
Opening Hours: Tues to Thurs, 9am to 7pm / Fri to Sun, 9am to 10pm