Brunch @ Chye Seng Huat Hardware

November 13, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Having learnt that CSHH is always packed on weekends, my girlfriend and I decided to visit on a weekday, when we were both on leave. It’s a 15 minutes walk for me from Lavender MRT while my girlfriend managed to find a carpark lot without much difficulty.f Though I dare say it’ll most likely be a different story (to find a lot) on weekends. And to enter the premise, one has to walk through the vehicular metal gates.


Raw industrial and vintage looks are definitely the trend now as that’s how the interior is being designed too. The place gave out a warm and cosy feel. Nice.

The menu is presented as a paper clipped onto a clipboard. And from the menu, my girlfriend and I ordered:-

1) Patrick’s platter, $16 (above) – Comprised of pork rillette, duck terrine and parma ham, we were not impressed with the bread. The bread was hard, like mega hard. No comments on the meat as these are most likely purchased off the shelf. Thus, without having to state the obvious, we did not finish the platter due to the lack of good bread. Instead, the most decent item was the mini onion bulbs.

2) Smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese, onion & capers, $11 (above) – This was decent, if not normal.

3) Lemon meringue tart (above) – Wanting to try the desserts, we ordered this which is not mentioned on the menu but displayed at the cashier. This was nice. Worth a try!

4) Latte, $5 (above, right) – Coffee being their pride, this was needlessly said good.

5) Galvanished ale, $7.50 (half pint) (above, left) – Mixture of coffee and beer? I had to try! It’s a little bitter (the beer) with the slight fragrance of coffee. Worth a try, I say.

And having sat at one of the tables, we observed a particular female staff would ‘perform’ at the counter whenever hand brew coffee was ordered. Thus, wanting to try (at both the coffee and getting a picture), we placed our order for one while moving to the counter seats.


6) Balanced, $5 (above) – My girlfriend being a true coffee person commented it taste more like Bold. What a shame. In fact, we were disappointed with the service. What distinguish good service from average is the sensitivity of the staff. Despite us being one of the few customers present, the male staff (not the female staff previously mentioned) failed to realise we probably moved to witness the hand brewing process and chose to ‘perform’ with his back to us. Since CCHS wishs to set itself unique with interactive performances, their staff should be sensitive (to customers) and be knowledgeable (He did not know where the beans were procured from when asked).

All in all, we loved the ambience. Service was fine, with the exception of the male staff. I will recommend coming here for coffee (no hand brew unless you’re being served by the smilely female staff) on a week day when the place is not packed to the brim to better appreciate the place.

CHYE SENG HUAT HARDWARE
150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore
6396 0609, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Tues – Fri : 09:00 – 19:00
Ambience: 7
Sat – Sun : 09:00 – 22:00
Value: 6
* Closed on Mon
Service: 7