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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Do not mislead by the run down appearance of this hardware shop if you happen to pass by in Tyrwhitt Road. In fact Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) is one of the popular cafes right today, famous for their brewing Coffee.

The place is owned by Papa Palheta, an independent coffee boutique, specializing in roasting coffee in Singapore and Malaysia.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Initially I was mislead by its quiet surroundings from the facade and thought that it was closed on a Sunday but as I walked further into the side gate, I realised that its just another heaven.

CSHH (Chye Seng Huat Hardware) Coffee Bar
Dining place was divided into 2 portions, indoor and outdoor. Furniture are pretty interesting at the outdoor, with old school kind of coffee shop tables, welded strongly to durable metals, even its stools too.

Seatings
For the curious ones who pass by the outdoor sittings, there is a glass house in the middle featuring their roastery by Papa Palheta.

The Roastery
I had a look into through the glass panels and saw big roasting machines. Too bad I wasn't in the luck to see its process. However if you are keen on their roastery tour, you can check up on the C-Platfrom via Papa Palheta Website.

Roasting Machines
With such stuff around, it definitely feel more like a hardware place, matching its business name, CSHH.

Machine
Just right beside, there is another room with machines exposing its wiring and electronics. Look's like someone was trying to fix and figuring something out or even to the extent of repairing their faulty machines.

Repair Workshop
The interior was cosy showing a island bar situated in the centre of the cafe with interesting hardware items hanging around the walls. With limited seating, I would say one has to be careful while walking by the aisles as it was rather narrow.

Interior Dining
Just at the counter I was drawn away by the odd size and colorful Ang Gu kuay in the display cabinets. I had the thought "hey, what are these traditional queues doing here among the muffins / western pastries? ".

Weird Encounter
A simple and straight forward menu was attached to the clip board are available near the cashier counters.

Menu
Coffee lovers, perhaps will be taken away by the Hand-Brewed with Love portion on the menu. One can select the standard of brewing in terms of bright, balance and bold. However, some waiting time is required and you will be notified by the counter.

What's Brewing?
Making up part of their hardware displays, they have some old school music player (turntables) with The Beatles disc by the side.

Old School Stuff
Hot chocolate was foamy and came with good choco fragrance, perhaps the only letdown was its latte art which was some kind of out of shape.

Hot Chocolate - $6.50
Impressive breakfast with a nice color presentation on a grey IKEA plate. The Huat breakfast consists of 2 pork sausages,  ham steak, potato salad roasted tomato, croissant and egg of our choice (scrambled, sunny side up or over easy). Totally an energy booster. I love its flaking butter croissant and pillow soft texture with my air pockets internally. Well, if this style floats your boat!

The Huat Breakfast - $17

While I thought pancakes were uninteresting in all breakfast menu and boy I was wrong. The banana pancakes were out of my expectations.  Fluffy and soft texture topped with roasted almonds flakes and refreshing strawberry. And where's the banana?

Banana Pancakes - $12
 Instead of having slices of banana topped the pancakes, they have them done together with the pancake mixture, thus with every bite lending its fragrant and satisfying bite!

Banana Fillings
Ta-Da! Our semi complete breakfast meal while waiting for the brew beverage.

Breakfast Table
Last but not least, the long awaited 20 minutes of balanced brew coffee. It comes in a tall glass and a scarf on its bottle neck. Coffee was smooth and taste was definitely as stated, striking a good balance between a not so sweet and not so bitter after taste.

Tobing Estate - $6
For those who decide to buy something off their retail shop can go further into the Annex.

The Annex
From coffee beans to sovenirs, do have a walk in there.

The Annex
The service in overall is polite and commendable. It's not easy to grab a seat during the weekends, so if you want to skip the crowd, visit them at other timings.

Overall, food was tasty and with such rustic environment, its hard not to come back again.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Location: 150 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563
Website