Chye Seng Huat Hardware – Yes for their Coffee, No for their Food
Hello world! It has been a tiring week, I fell sick since Sunday with a bad headache, sore throat, running nose etc and after sleeping for almost 15 hours (including nap) for the past 2 days, I finally got better to blog something.
Coffee lovers have definitely heard about Chye Seng Huat Hardware. This cafe is the latest hype in town and we decided to check it out one Sunday afternoon. The exterior is really old school and rustic, which totally reminds me of the old school provision shops.
The guys from Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy are really smart to have taken over this place. The flagship store features a roastery, an island coffee bar, a coffee school and a private coffee tasting room. When you enter into the cafe, coffee bean smell lingers around the cafe. The interior of the cafe was warm and dimly lit, perfect to lounge around with a good friend over a nice cup of hot coffee.
I ordered a cup of Espresso with Milk ($5.50). The barista who made the coffee will determine the quality of the coffee I had that day. The coffee I had that day is good, strong and fragrant. It enters the throat with a punch and a slight bitterness. They also have ice coffee that is served in a medicine bottle.
We came for late lunch at about 1pm on a lovely Sunday. As you can see, the cafe is so crowded that I have to practically squeeze my way through to look for seats. And when we finally found two seats along the bar counter, we have to spent another 15 mins queuing to order the food. And after placing our orders, we have to wait another 45 mins for our food to arrive!
To fill our tummy, I ordered a Old Fashioned Banana Cake ($4.50) first. This is a gigantic piece and we love because it is so moist!
Chye Seng Huat Hardware do not have a wide array of brunch dishes to select, I had the Scrambled Eggs with bacon ($11) which was a very classic brunch item. Eggs were moist and bacon was crunchy. Nothing much to shout about though.
We also ordered the Seared Dory Fillet ($15) drizzled with lemon butter sauce and served with some baby potatoes & mixed greens. Dory is firm and well cooked. But we find their sauce a bit too salty for us that day.
It is definitely not advisable to drop by on a weekend. It is way too crowded and you probably can’t really sit down enjoy your coffee or brunch. I won’t come back for their food, but I don’t mind dropping by for some coffee and cakes on a quiet weekday afternoon.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel: 6396 0609
Opening hours: Tues to Fri 9am to 7pm; Sat to Sun 9am to 10pm.