There was a great deal of media hype surrounding Chye Seng Huat Hardware when it opened and I was curious about this cafe joint that has the namesake of a hardware store. It is kinda of hard to find and from the outside, it looks like an old fashion hardware store. The front of the cafe overlooking the road were just windows and peering in, I could see it was bustling with people. But… how do I get inside? It took me awhile to realise that I had to go through this huge gate beside the store and viola, the entrance is on the side of the store.
The interior is industrial and quirky and the menu board is so cute.
Hubs and I were there for brunch and we ordered an orange cappuccino, an ice coffee, scrambled eggs and an omelet. I had high expectations of the coffee since Chye Seng Huat Hardware is the successive coffee bar from the guys behind Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy. I haven’t tried coffee at either cafes but I do know that indie coffee boutique Papa Palheta helped to kickstart the gourmet coffee boom.
The orange cappuccino was aromatic and delicious, with a hint of orange aftertaste. The ice coffee came in a dark medicine glass bottle – Love the cute presentation! But I was disappointed with the taste – I found the ice coffee sour and too acidic for my liking. Maybe that’s what gourmet coffee is supposed to taste like but I’m never getting it again. The scrambled eggs and the omelet were alright. Overall, I thought the coffee and food were just okay but I love the hip decor and it is a nice place to people watch.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road