Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Singapore

August 19, 2017

Looking for industrial-chic coffee spot in Singapore? Look no further. Chye Seng Huat Hardware is your best bet.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a former hardware store known for its gourmet coffee, eclectic eats, gadgets & gifts. I have always loved cafes with industrial-chic interior. So, when I heard Yining planned a coffee date at Chye Seng Huat Hardware for our meet up I was thrilled.

Before we begin, you gotta meet lovely Yining. She’s an incredible woman. Independent. Smart. Kind. Matured. Insightful. Dependable. She bakes amazing cakes, which I hope to try in the future! She loves matcha, marble plates, everything minimal and Scandinavian. Always a pleasure catching up with this girl.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Concept & Interior

Chye Seng Huat Hardware makes a good hang out place. With chic industrial space, anyone will easily fall in love with the cafe. What makes it special is that it is a former hardware store. So the cafe needs not try hard to be old school and hip. Plus point for its easy to find location wise, too.

The restoration makes Chye Seng Huat feels homey and cozy – reminding one of Singapore the historical side of Singapore. The outdoor area is just perfect for a day out in the sun, which reminds me of a good sunny day in Melbourne. Don’t get me talking about the beautiful cake counter! It makes me want to order everything.

The coffee display is both helpful and aesthetically beautiful. The display features 3 single origins the cafe uses, coupled with coffee beans description that is easy to understand for both coffee beginners and experts. No need to worry about trying new coffee beans anymore. Whether you like your coffee balanced, bold or light, Chye Seng Huat has something for everyone.

Full marks for wonderful interior and concept.

But.. my favourite corner in the cafe is the blackboard with coffee workshops schedule – free and paid. In my opinion, this is an effective marketing. Workshops aren’t just a side income for the cafe, they help the cafe reaches and focuses on the right target market. With free coffee cupping and other coffee workshops Chye Seng Huat engages coffee lovers, encourages repeat visits and customer loyalty. Win-win.

What Could Be Improved

Next time when I try the food items, I’ll let you know my recommendations. For now, I definitely  recommend you to be careful with the cakes. Choose wisely.

We ordered Cempedak Crumble ($5) that sounds really interesting. A perfect local fusion, we thought. There were pieces of cempedak in the cake, and it was not overly sweet. We would like it better if the cake wasn’t too dry, and didn’t crumble at every scoop. Perhaps it was our mistake to ask for it to be heated up. Or perhaps that’s what the patisserie is going for.

Being fans of tea (Earl Grey especially for me), we love the Earl Grey Lemon Cheesecake ($6) better. The earl grey essence was strong but not overwhelming. We love the lemon curd and strawberry twist on top of the cake. Otherwise, the cake would be too sweet and rich. Not the best cheesecake, I’ll admit. But, worth a try.

Regret that we didn’t have space for Deconstructed Lemon Tart ($10 + $4 for ice cream), which doesn’t only look amazingly delicious but also has raving reviews. Next time!

Coffee? Decent. Slightly disappointed because of the high price. Would love to try the Cold Brew & Banana Cake ($10) and Daily Brew & Raspberries Financiers ($10). They sound amazing! And I was told that the Nitro Black Matter ($7) is their signature coffee.

So.. What do you think? Does Chye Seng Huat Hardware sounds like something you’d love to try? Let me know your experience if you have been there, too. And if you like the review, pin it below.

The Verdict
Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Value: 3 out of 5
Ambience: 4 out of 5
Overall score: 3 out of 5

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore
Contact: +65 6396 0609
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu (9AM to 10PM), Fri – Sat (9AM to 12AM), Sun (9AM to 10PM)

Till next time, city walkers!


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