Author: Sassy Eater.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store, or simply CSHH, is currently one of the most hip cafes in Singapore that is very well known for their coffee. While many cafes try hard to be cool, CSHH is cool without even trying.
Located in the heritage district of Jalan Besar and with no less than 10 cafes in the vicinity, such as Bao Makers (read my next review about Bao Makers), Tiramisu Hero and 20F Specialty Coffee House, it’s great for cafe hopping around when you pay a visit to CSHH.
The nearest MRT station is Lavender station. Walk alongside Jalan Besar Stadium on Horne road then turn right into Tyrwhitt road. When you come walking from Jalan Besar Stadium, it is easy to miss CSHH because the retractable doors were shut, like most of the hardware businesses around the area that were closed over the weekend. But a few steps more, you will see some parking space repurposed into an outdoor dining area.
From the outside, CSHH looks like an old hardware store, with the old school and rustic metal entrance, but it’s totally different in the inside. The chic modern decor blends well with the original hardware store look. It is divided into a few areas, the indoor dining area and al fresco dining area, the roastery, the coffee tasting room and a small area that sells their own merchandise like their blend of coffee beans and equipments for hand-brewed coffee.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware don’t have a wide array of brunch dishes to select. Nonetheless, coffee is the reason most coffee enthusiast in Singapore come by.
CSHH serves their Caffè Latte in small and regular size that cost $4.00 and $5.50. The Barista at CSHH effortlessly pulled a latte art and it’s served to you right away. I thought their caffe latte was smooth and had a good body and depth. Not too acidic, just the way I like my coffee.
The more interesting coffee is the hand pressed coffee with a different range of coffee beans to choose from. I recommend going for their hand brewed coffee. I like how they provided a little factsheet when they serve their coffee, educating you on the characteristics of the coffee beans they have used for your coffee.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware believe in rotating their brunch, lunch and coffee menu every season to give their regulars a refreshing treat. So when you come to CSHH, you may not see what you see now in my review.
For our breakfast this time, we tried the Papa Pork Burger ($18). It’s surprisingly a hearty burger in spite of the looks, a succulent pork patty with soft charcoal bun, served with caramelised pineapple chutney and a side of chips. But I disliked the potato chips that had strong wasabi smell.
There were also a variety of cakes and kueh available for food pairing at their counter if you are not in the mood for their main course.
The bite-sized Friands with a dollop of Nutella on top, were simply nice and I liked how it was moist enough and had many banana put into the making of it.
I give my vote to the Chocolate Cake from the counter. Since I have a soft spot for chocolate, this chocolate cake hit all my chocoholic button. Eating the cake itself was already satisfactory, but when I went on to mix in the chocolate ganache on top together with the chocolate crunchy pearls, the end result was simply delightful.
Chye Seng Huat Coffee Bar is a great place to chill out and to grab a cup of coffee after a meal, and maybe plus a cake.
There’s so much more nice things to say about CSHH, but I suppose my most important sentence would have to be, Come here to experience it yourself!
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt road
+65 6396 0609
Opening Hours :
Tuesday – Friday : 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday : 9 am – 10 pm
Monday : closed