aporeBest coffee in Singapore? So they said. People started to brag about how great the coffee is, how unusual the place is. And those things just grew my curiosity even stronger.
I know.. I know… Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) doesn’t sound like a cool place to hangout. And believe me, it does indeed look like an old hardware store from outside. How could people notice there’s good coffee inside? I wonder.
Anyway. I found CSHH accidentally during my last trip to Singapore last January 2014. It was located JUST ACROSS my hostel. I was like : “… wait. Is this the coffee shop I read about earlier? YES IT IS!”. Now you know what I do first thing in the morning.
The Coffee Bar
You know, CSHH was once a hardware store. Then, I don’t know how it happened, but somehow they manage to turned it into a popular coffee shop. Once you step inside, you’ll be greeted with a lovely coffee smell, the smile from the friendly staffs, and of course, the most important thing is, the cool air-con, considering it really is hot and humid that time in Singapore.
Who would’ve thought it’s so cozy inside?
The coffee bar lays just in the middle of the room. The busiest part of the shop.
Since it was early in the morning, we decided to have the breakfast meal. Fred had The Huat Breakfast & Americano. While I had Butter Croissant & Hot Latte.
Espresso + Milk ($5.5)
It’s interesting that they don’t name the coffee with its usual name, like latte, cappuccino, or you name it. Instead, they simply call it Espresso + Other Ingredients. As for my latte, they name it Espresso + Milk.
It was smooth and creamy. But somehow I found it not strong enough, at least for me. I mean, I’ve had better ones. But still, I don’t resist to have another cup.
Espresso + Water ($5)
And this one is Americano, I guess? It was good, but still, not strong enough. Perhaps we should ask for a double shot next time, eh? 😉
The Huat Breakfast ($17)
A big breakfast for a big tummy. That’s how I describe this. The Huat Breakfast consists of 2 eggs, sunny side up – but you can ask for scrambled egg if you want to, 2 slices of bacon, jumbo sausage, grilled tomatoes (yum!), beef pastrami, sauteed potatoes, and a butter croissants. What an energy booster!
Butter Croissant ($3)
And you know what? CSHH does have pastries as well. The one that attracts me was the croissant. I mean, look at that! It’s crispy at the outside and still manage to have those nice soft thin buttery layers. Definitely my favorite. They use the name ‘butter’ quite literally.
Before we left, we made it to the back side of the shop. There is a small room called The Annex which has some coffee drips, syphon coffee brewer, and many other thing! You can also buy some coffee beans here.
And then, there’s a workshop – where people build or fix the coffee machine and do those engineering stuffs I don’t even understand.
And there’s even some seats outside, for you smokers out there.
Well, sort of. Considering it doesn’t look like a decent coffee shop from the outside. I wonder how people find out about it at the first time – before everyone starts bragging about it. It would be even better if the coffee is stronger! Or perhaps it is now. I visited the CSHH in January, remember? 🙂
And one more thing! The service was really good. Even though I can clearly see that the Barista is somehow… busy, they still manage to serve us quickly. Really quick, to be honest.
How to get there?
It’s quite easy to reach Chye Seng Huat Hardware. Just get off in Lavender MRT station, then go straight all the way down to Horner Road until you reach Tyrwhitt Road. Keep walking until the end of the road, turn right and you’ll be there in a minute!
* All price are in Singapore Dollar (SGD)