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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Western
Do not be misled by the name of this establishment - Chye Seng Huat Hardware is the successive coffee bar from the guys behind Papa Palheta and Loysel's Toy. This flagship store features a roastery, an island coffee bar, a coffee school and a private coffee tasting room.

Tue - Fri: 09:00 - 19:00

Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 22:00

Closed: Mon

+65 63960609
$14 based on 77 submissions
Brunch (21 votes), Breakfast (12 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (10 votes)
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Good Coffee

Chye Seng Huat hardware roasts their own beans and serve an excellent cup of coffee. Service is brisk and patrons are served coffee at the counter upon payment. I thoroughly enjoyed my latte but was not big on the Ham Omelette I ordered.

Perhaps one of the pioneers of the old school exterior / modern interior F&B establishments, expect heavy crowds especially on the weekends. Great place to chill and people watch.

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29 Oct 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Good Coffee

Chye Seng Huat hardware roasts their own beans and serve an excellent cup of coffee. Service is brisk and patrons are served coffee at the counter upon payment. I thoroughly enjoyed my latte but was not big on the Ham Omelette I ordered.

Perhaps one of the pioneers of the old school exterior / modern interior F&B establishments, expect heavy crowds especially on the weekends. Great place to chill and people watch.
22 Sep 2014 • 16 reviews • 0 follower

Overrated

Tried the breakfast set and was very disappointed by it. The coffee taste weird too. Tried the hot chocolate too but that was okay. Will not visit again.
28 Aug 2014 • 2 reviews • 27 followers

Overrated, go elsewhere.

Should have heeded the commenters here who did not recommend this place.

Perhaps the baristas the day I visited (Saturday 23 August morning) were inexperienced or too busy; but the coffee my friend and I got were less than subpar: they were downright atrocious.

She got a daily brew of the Dutra Jatoba variety; which tasted bland at the first sip, then produced a disturbing sour aftertaste. According to this website, (http://www.papapalheta.com/coffee/Dutra-Jatoba-42) the taste notes to look out for were: "caramel, roasted nuts, and creamy milk chocolate". Needless to say, she was utterly disappointed.

I got a Nuts & Bolts latte, and it was less awful because I could at least taste one of its taste notes, that which is, well, nuts.

We also ordered banana pancakes. Presentation-wise; almost passable: too little icing sugar and a meagre amount of maple syrup given for so large a pancake. The actual pancake had practically no flavour, and I was hoping for some butter to go with it. It felt more like eating a banana cake than an actual pancake, since the banana slices were placed inside of the pancake.

For the amount we both paid, we could have just gone to Starbucks and enjoyed our food there more. The menu was also difficult to read in terms of font and layout, and there was much clarification done with the server as to how to correctly place our orders (i.e. I could not have Nuts and Bolts as a daily brew, though it was written in the menu).

 Stay away; unless you know there are actual quality baristas on shift.
23 Aug 2014 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Noisy and the cafe is over rated. Not worth visiting!

Was at the cafe on a Saturday afternoon. Ordered the breakfast. Food came fast but it was cold and obviously cooked before hand. The ham is very saltish and scrambled egg is very cold and bland. After 1 mouth of each item, couldn't bring myself to take a second bite. Horrible food! The place is nosiy and cramped. Definitely not worth the monies.

10 Jun 2014 • 335 reviews • 3 followers

CSHH - not very comfortable unfortunately

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Cafe is a very interesting concept, for a hardware store to branch out into the cafe business, but hey, everyone's heading there so it was inevitable that I have to be there too. One could choose to sit outdoors (mind you, outdoor seating is full if one comes on a weekend!).   Or one could head inside and sit amongst the cosy interior with its wooden bar counter, round wooden stools and surrounded by many hardware items on display (mounted on walls and decorating the countertops).   *Edgar and I snagged a tiny table in the crowded cafe and took a "gold-plated" menu with us. Frankly, the table was too small and the chairs were not really comfortable. Plus the cafe was crowded so it was not really an ideal place for chilling out for long, long hours (*Edgar was nearly butt to butt with the person sitting behind him at the table next to us!).   We both tried their famous Cold Brewed Coffee (SGD$7.00), served in bottles that resembled cough medicine bottles. Being adventurous, I tried to drink without the milk and sugar syrup at first, but the taste was kind of bitter, with a strong sour aftertaste. I guess this is what "pure-ness" is all about, but to me it was an acquired taste that needed getting used to. In the end we both emptied all the milk and sugar syrup into the coffee to make it sweeter and more likeable.   I had the Ham & Cheese French Toast (SGD$15.00) which tasted good. The french toast slices were crispy around the edges, and the sweet flavor of butter with beaten egg was easily detected. Combined with melted cheese, tender ham, sweet tomato slices and sprigs of rocket salad, this made for a good and satisfying meal.   For more detailed information and photos, please feel free to visit: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/06/brunch-at-chye-seng-huat-hardware-cafe.html