I guess there is no need for an introduction to this shophouse cum warehouse place in Jalan Besar. Opened to much hype last year, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a cafe with an easily misrepresented name. However secretive the name may sound for a cafe, the fact is most if not all cafe junkies would have already heard of this before you have read about it from here.
Nearly a year on, the hype still remains. Photos on instagram had showed full house or even overcrowding in the shophouse on weekends. I visited the cafe on a weekday after lunch hours and while there are empty seats around, 70% of the tables have already been occupied. Most of its patrons had raved about their coffee, which is said to be one of the best and probably even a benchmark to compare with others.
The weather these days were so crazy that I seemed to only want something iced or cold to cool down from the heat. Cold Brew probably deserve distinctions just on presentation alone. Where else would they serve cold coffee in a medicine bottle? If only coffee is the medication to the sore throat I was having that day. Behind all the fancy packaging however was quite a strong brew. The Papa Pahelta blend feels rather pure and is pretty acidic, so it may not be a hit to those who love slightly earthy blends. Nonetheless it was quite a good cup of cold coffee.
The Almond Croissant looked quite unique. It had a pretty nice almond crust on the outside which was pretty light and alluring. The Croissant however did not seem to fare well. It was a very doughy croissant which felt more like a bread and seemed to have been left there for quite some time as it was very difficult to slice. It just does not seem to have met the least of the expectations of a decent croissant.
As much as I hate to say it, I have to agree with what most others had mentioned. Although I have not tried their mains, the croissant had convinced me to say that if you are one who goes for food in a cafe, you could give Chye Seng Huat Hardware a miss. If you are however having a bad romance with coffee but just can’t give up the chance of having a good coffee, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is totally worth visiting even if you are out of the way; it is just something coffee-lovers out there would understand.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Telephone: +65 6396 0609