Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar

Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563

Opening hours: Tue to Fri: 9.00am – 7:00pm, Sat & Sun: 9.00am – 10.00pm, Mon Closed

Introduction

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store, or simply CSHH, is currently one of the most hip cafes in Singapore that is very well known for their coffee. It is one of the three cafes owned by the Papa Palheta. Papa Palheta is a independent coffee boutique that specialise in roasting specialty coffee in Singapore and Malaysia. They also conduct Barista training course and coffee appreciation classes.

CSHH – The Interior

From the outside, CSHH looks like an old hardware store, but it’s totally another haven on the inside. It is divided into a few areas – the indoor and outdoor dining area, the roastery, the coffee tasting room and a small area that sells their own merchandise like their blend of coffee beans and equipments for hand-brewed coffee.

CHSS, Chye Seng Huat Coffee

The Outdoor Dining Area

Apart from the food, their drinks are mostly self-service. There is no restaurant treatment here as you need to look for your own seat and place your order and make payment at their counter.

CHSS, Chye Seng Huat Coffee

The Roastery

Large group seating is difficult to get in this crowded cafe as there is only one big table at the indoor area. Visit this cafe in smaller groups if you can.

CHSS, Chye Seng Huat Coffee

The Merchandise Area

Updated Menu as of Oct 2014. Click to enlarge.

Old Menu: Click to Enlarge

Caffe Latte 

CSHH serves their Caffè Latte in regular and small size that cost $4.00 and $5.50. The Barista at CSHH effortlessly pulled a latte art and it’s served to you right away. I thought their caffe latte is nice but dont really differs a lot from the rest. The more interesting coffee are in fact the hand pressed coffee with a different range of coffee beans to choose from.

Hand-Pressed Coffee

If you are sitting near to the counter, you can see their Barista in action and i was quite entertained by seeing how their Barista prepares a seemingly simple coffee that involves numerous sophisticated steps.

I can’t say which brew is better as coffee taste is very subjective. We ordered their Bright and Bold which one is more acidic while the other is fuller bodied but i love the deep, rich aroma roast of both cups.  It’s rather interesting to be able to try out different kinds of coffee beans rather than a typical espresso bean.

There are also a variety of muffins available for food pairing at their counter if you are not in the mood for their main course. I give my vote to this buttery sweet Chocolate Almond muffin.

The Huat Breakfast ($17.00)

At a net price of $17, it’s rather decent. Although the taste does not differ much from a typical “big breakfast” platter, and as a meat lover, i am quite pleased for the inclusion of a whole sausage. The baked potato is also a healthier choice compared to hash brown.

Scrambled Egg is smooth and runny but I wish that it can be more flavourful though. The portion is also quite decent for this price. Overall an “OK” dish.

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich S$13.00

Among the three main courses, i like this Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich the most. The bread is well toasted, the steak slices is well flavored that is topped with melted cheese and served fresh from the oven. And how bad can a serving of nachos be? Ordering this should be a decent and safe option.

Cod Fillet S$19.00

Their cod fish is rather disappointing. The portion is small. Appearance wise is not appealing and the cod fish is rather dry and tough and doesn’t come cheap. I’m sorry but this is a big thumbs down.

Can a piece of Cod Fish looks any sadder?

Conclusion

I thought sitting indoor is a much better experience as you chill out and just sit around, watching how the Barista enthusiastically prepares every cup of beverage so as to appreciate the effort behind a cup of hand crafted coffee.

As for their food, i am not particularly impress and CSHH’s food is probably not my first choice at the area. While i love the Aero-Pressed Coffee more than their Caffe Latte, their food didn’t exactly score well here. It’s a pity that the food does not excite me as much as their beverages.

Therefore my conclusion is Chye Seng Huat Coffee Bar is a great place to chill out and to grab a cup of coffee after a meal, and maybe plus a cup cake, provided that the crowd is not crazy.

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Lola’s Cafe – The most popular Cafe at Kovan

Lola Cafe

Address (Google Map): 5 Simon Rd Singapore 545893

Opening hours: Sun to Thu 10am to 11.30pm, Fri & Sat 10am to 12am, Closed on Mon

Introduction

Lola’s cafe is another hipster brunch cafe that is situated near to Kovan MRT. You won’t believe how popular this cafe is. Despite the inconspicuous location, there is even a queue on a weekday lunch hour.

I went there a couple of times, once on a Sat afternoon at about 3pm and i was told that there are ten people in the queue so i left. When i returned at night at about 8pm, i was told that I needed to wait for 45 minutes so i left again. Then, I visit this place on a Friday afternoon at 11.40am and I STILL NEED TO QUEUE. Need to be so popular or not?

But this time, the waiting time is only 15 minutes and I got myself a seat for two pax. They have a queuing system whereby a diner enters his contact mobile into an ipad and system will give you a call when your table is ready so that you do not need to stand outside the cafe like a dummy and i like this system very much.

They serve breakfast menu from 11 to 3pm and dinner from 6 to 9pm. Note that they only serve starter dish and finger food between 3 to 6pm. All prices on menu are nett with no GST and service charge.

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Lola’s Full Monty Breakfast

In recent years, brunch culture is blooming in Singapore and everyone started selling breakfast platter. Majority of them are actually mediocre and seeing all-day breakfast on the menu does not excites me as much as before.

However, Lola’s breakfast platter brought back some excitement to the term “All-day breakfast”. Unlike some restaurants that charge for the sky, Lola’s is at a reasonable nett price of $15.

Their honey glazed ham and bacon is outstanding with a tinge of char-grilled flavour by torch flaming it for a slightly charred outlook. The scrambled egg is creamy and well-flavoured with a runny texture. If there is one thing to improve, they can increase the quantity of the bread for a fuller meal.

Butter Croissant ($13 nett)

Melted Cheddar Cheese, Sliced Ham, Pan Fried Bacon, Scrambled Egg wrapped in a lettuce and freshly toasted Croissant.I love the Croissant. Cripsy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Each mouthful is sinfully good with chunks of egg and melted cheese.

This dish not exactly an exciting option, but Lola’s manage to bring together people’s all time favourite ingredients and made it into something better. The only complain is it’s served on a flat wooden pan. Although it looks nice on photo, the crumbles of the Croissant fell all over the place and was really untidy. There’s gap on the table top so these crumble even fell onto my legs.

Paparika Honey Wings

This is a highly recommended dish by many fellow Singaporeans. It was sold out when I went there for brunch so i returned on another day’s evening for this. The garlicky wings are well marinated and lightly battered and it’s served piping hot. The exterior is really cripsy while the interior retains it’s tender juicy texture. The added paprika powder is mild but yet adds a rich flavor to the wings and the final touch is completed by the sweet honey taste. Love every bite of the wings.

Dinner menu

While I’m back the second time, I ordered their dinner menu, but it was not as impressive as their breakfast menu.

The chicken burger ($14 nett) is rather mediocre and it’s marinated in a curry powder marinate with the bread spreaded with aioli. The only good thing is for the tenderness of the patty and the generous amount of fries.

The Bacon and Mushroom Spaghetti in Truffle Cream Sauce ($14 nett) is not bad though not impressive and probably is my favourite among the mains that I had. The pasta is creamy rich with a generous amount of mushroom but can be better as the truffle taste is not strong enough.

Duck Leg with Honey Mustard Sauce ($16 nett) The Duck leg is well-cooked, but i can’t accept the supposed Honey Mustard Sauce that is drizzled on the duck. If you enjoy sour and sweet sauce on your duck, then likely you can accept this dish better than me.

Their Banger and Mash is an all-day dish but I find comfort in this dish after a few not-so-exciting experience of their main courses. The sausage is the same as the breakfast platter.

Conclusion

It’s a pity that their dinner menu is not as good as it’s breakfast menu so sadly only Lola’s breakfast menu works for me. You can see many youngsters pantronizing Lola’s as it probably has something to do with Lola’s affordable pricing as well as their sinfully good side dishes.

Truffle Fries ($12 nett) with grated parmesan cheese

Judging from the waiting time, having Lola’s in the vicinity is definitely a move welcome by the residents of Kovan. However, that also means that instead of being the place to chill and hang out, it became a eat-and-pay-your-bill as there are much people waiting for a seat. On top of that, Lola’s tables are very close to one another and is rather cramp. As such, my conclusion is – Dinner? So so. Place to relax and chill? Not really. Brunch? Yes.

After You Dessert Cafe (Siam Paragon – Bangkok)

After You Dessert Cafe

Address: Siam Paragon Ground Floor

Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.30pm daily

Introduction

After You Dessert Cafe apparently is the rising star of all dessert places in Bangkok. There is a legend that says ‘you have never been to Bangkok until you tried Afteryou dessert’. I visited this place once previously but I thought this saying was too exaggerating but nevertheless, After You Dessert Cafe is worth the visit for their Signature Shibuya Honey Toast, for at least once.

Twice, I visited their Siam Paragon branch situated at the basement. It was rather early at about 10am so there is no crowd. Awesome. After You Dessert Cafe mainly sells sweet items like pancakes, waffles, ice-creams and toast etc. They only have a handful of savory items on their menu and one of them is the Grilled Ham Cheese Sandwich.

They have another branch at Thonglor area, that is just opposite to Roast Coffee & Eatery and Mr Jones’ Orphanage. I didn’t pay a visit to this branch as i was already too full after having brunch at Roast and dessert at Mr Jones’ Orphanage. But one thing i am quite sure is, comparing to Siam Paragon’s basement branch, food shots at this Thonglor branch should turn out better due to the natural lighting.

Branch Address: J Avenue, Thonglor 13 Operating Hours: 10.00am to 12.00am daily

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Signature Shibuya Honey Toast

The whole idea about this Shibuya toast is actually very simple. This is not a sophisticated dish which requires long preparation time. I personally think that the reason for it’s popularity may just be it’s well toasted soft fluffy thick toast with melted butter evenly infused into every single slice of the toast.

After You Dessert Cafe then topped the toast with their fresh vanilla ice-cream and generally speaking, an additional scoop of Ice cream can almost never spoil a dessert. Complete this dish with honey syrup for those who have really sweet teeth. To be frank, this dish is definitely not out-of-this-world, but i would describe this dish as a ‘very satisfying’ dessert.

Hazelnut Pancake with Nutella Sauce

The formula to this dish is even simpler. If i am someone who love Nutella and Hazelnut, i will love this. After You Dessert Cafe provides a small tub of butter to be applied separately. I thought adding the butter is a good idea as sometimes it taste a little dry with just Nutella alone. I have no complain about the pancake. Soft, warm and fluffy.


Grilled Ham Cheese Sandwich

Using the same thick toast as the Signature Shibuya Honey Toast, this savory fluffy toast can be an option for those who are not very into sweet stuff. For certain kind of toast, i prefer the toast to be very thin with a lot of fillings, but not for this Grilled Ham Cheese Sandwich. The bread itself is rather enjoyable with two layers of melted cheese and a layer of ham.

Maple French Toast with Smoked Sausages

I think this is the other rare savory item in After You Dessert Cafe’s Menu. I thought the french toast is OK. It’s something that we can easily find in Singapore so nothing fantastic about this and can order something else on the menu.

Conclusion

Personally, i think that this place is not a die-die-must-go place but if i am at this area, specifically Siam area, i will make a point to visit After You Dessert Cafe just for their Shibuya toast. I really like the buttery taste of their toast that goes very well with vanilla ice cream.

For those who like an even stronger flavor, they also have Shibuya Chocolate Toast, Shibuya Nutella Toast and even Cheddar Cheese Shibuya Toast. You may want to give yourself a reason to pop by this cafe to see what is the big deal of these Shibuya Toast.

Bangkok Good Food – My Bangkok Food Itinerary

Intoduction

I went to Bangkok a couple of times and each time, i spent quite some time researching where is a good hunt for good food in Bangkok.  I thought it would be useful to consolidate all my food itineraries into a single post instead and hope that this post will come handy to like-minded food lovers.

Feel free to click on the food header to link to my more elaborated posts in my blog which includes address, operating hours , in-depth review and more photos of the eatery.

Street Food and Cheap Eat

(1.) Sabx2 Wanton Noodle  This famous Wanton Noodle is very popular among Singaporeans. Many returned to this humble stall for their crispy-pork-lard-filled noodle and it’s location is just situated opposite Singaporean’s favorite shopping mall – The Platinum Mall. Some are also hooked by their really tender braised pork knuckle.


(2.) Chatuchak Pork Chop Bun The pork chop bun stall is situated at  Chatuchak Area 22 Soi 4. Their tender Pork Chops are freshly grilled right in front of their stall, wrapped in fluffy white steamed bun.

(3.) Chatuchak Coconut Ice Cream The famous must-eat coconut ice-cream at Chatuchak. The ice-cream comes with two toppings and the stall owner offers free coconut juice to go with the ice-cream.

(4.) Sukhumvit Soi 38 Food Street – “Bangkok Best Mango Sticky Rice” Surprisingly, this street food stall earned it’s reputation of “Bangkok Best Sticky Rice”. I thought that indeed this is one of the best that i had in Bangkok, but not sure is it Bangkok Best. The whole street of Sukhumvit Soi 38 is transformed into a Food Street at night that operates up to 2 am at night or later. With about twenty street food stalls here, it is definitely a good place to indulge in Bangkok’s street food culture!

Cafe

(1.) Roast Coffee and Eatery One of the must-go brunch place in Bangkok. Situated at Thong Lor area. Serves pretty good all-day  breakfast, main courses and award winning hand-crafted coffee. I love to chill out, relax at this cafe while watching the time roll away.

(2.) Mr Jones Orphanage Just visiting this cafe for it’s interior design is well worth the travel. This is a cafe that pops right out from a story book, with the interior decorated with giant ceiling clocks, carousel, pastries-filled kitchen and an attic dining area. Also situated at Thong Lor area, you can just pop by to this cafe after having a meal at Roast Coffee & Eatery. With a wide variety of cakes and desserts, surely one will be able to satisfy your sweet tooth.

(3.) After You Dessert Cafe This is a very popular dessert cafe in Bangkok. Long queue is formed outside this cafe during peak hours and is famous for their Shibuya Thick Toast. It comes in many variations like Nutella Shibuya Toast, Chocolate Shibuya Toast or even Melted Cheddar Cheese Shibuya Toast.

(4.) Mont Nom Sod Mont Nom Sod is situated at MBK level two that specialise in Toast and Milk. Mont Nom Sod’s bread is nothing like our square toast which the texture became a little tough after toasting, or the really crispy style like Ya Kun’s. Their toast is crispy on the surface and fluffy soft on the inside. There are many options for the toast spread, like Coconut Custard, Condensed Milk, Chocolate, Taro spread, Pumpkin spread and Corn spread. A good place to have a quick bite before heading off for the crazy shopping regime again.

Dessert Place

(1.) Mango Tango Mango Tango is a dessert place that specialises in Mango dessert at Siam Square Soi 5. They are well known for their fresh mango and mango juice at a very reasonable price.

Thai Cuisine

(1.) Soi Polo Fried Chicken This fried chicken has a reputation of Bangkok Best Fried Chicken and it’s known as the hidden gem in Bangkok. People agreed that the fried condiments that were scattered generously over the tender fried chicken are really unique and it greatly enhanced the taste of the chicken. The location is not exactly the easiest to locate but well worth to try out this unique style of fried chicken.

(2.) Thip Samai Pad Thai Has a reputation of “Bangkok Best Pad Thai”. They sell good Pad Thai and sell only Pad Thai. Each plate of Pad Thai are prepared right in front of you and served piping hot, and frequent by a lot of their locals.

(3.) Huaplachongnonsea Junior Situated at Central World, i consider Huaplachongnonsea Junior as a relatively cheap eat at a very convenient location. Their speciality are their hotpot tom yum soup as well as their curry crab meat. I enjoyed their two signature dishes and will be going back for more in the future. This is a very non-mainstream non-touristy restaurants that are frequent mostly by locals during my last visit.

Romantic Restaurant / Restaurant with a view

(1.) The Deck @ Arun Residence Great place to chill after visiting the Grand Palace, Wat Arun or Wat Pho. This restaurant is strategically situated across Wat Arun. This is one of the best place to catch a glance or take a good photo of Wat Arun during set sun or watch Wat Arun glows in a golden light in contrast to the night sky.

(2.) Quince Bangkok Eatery & Bar Quince, a newly opened restaurant in the second quarter of year 2012, offers a fine dining menu at a typical Singapore restaurant price. It’s located at Sukhumvit 45 which is a couple minutes walk away from Phrom Phong BTS station. The amazing interior provides a great ambiance for couple to indulge in a romantic evening dinner.

Conclusion

This list will be updated if there is any new post on Bangkok food by me. Hope this is useful enough for you guys and have a great trip!

Roast Coffee & Eatery (Bangkok – Thonglor)

Roast Coffee & Eatery

Address: SeenSpace Thonglor 13, Bangkok, Thailand 10110

Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-12:30am, Sun: 9am-11pm

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Introduction

Recently, visiting a brunch cafe is one of the must-do things in Bangkok. Roast Coffee & Eatery, the one of the most popular cafes in Bangkok is situated in the area of Thonglor, just next door to Mr Jones’ Orphanage. Roast Coffee & Eatery offers a wide selections on their menu with more than 90 items to choose from, including all day breakfast, dinner menu, sides and drinks.

I made a reservation through their Facebook page but their Facebook admin replied me saying that there’s strictly no reservation during the weekend and i should be able to get a seat if i’m there at 9am, and i did. From my photo, you can see that it’s not that crowded yet.

Situated at level 2 with all it’s full height window, the cafe is very well lit with natural light, and this can almost guarantee that your food photos will look good. Having a meal here and chilling out with some friends definitely gave me a great way to start a day.

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The Roast Breakfast Set

The breakfast platter cost 350++ baht and comes with a compliment juice and a hand crafted coffee/tea.

The best item in the platter got to be their bacon! Super crispy! Not exaggerating to say that this is one of the best crispy bacon that i had. And they are quite generous with the portion of their bacon. The more interesting item got to be the sausage patty. It taste like our Chinese dish – steamed minced pork patty with preserved vegetables, but less moist and with additional tinge of herb taste.

For those who like runny scramble egg, you may want to request them to make it more runny cus Roast’s style is a little dryer. The portion is huge for a breakfast. Don’t forget it comes with a glass of orange juice and a coffee with this set. Definitely a hearty brunch!!

Pulled Pork Burger

Costing 320++ Baht, the well toasted burger bun is served with a generous serving of moist juicy pork that are well tossed and coated with barbeque sauce and a portion of fries. I am glad that their pulled pork taste as good as how it look! This dish was recommended by the staff of roast.

Crab Cake Benedict

The only problem is their crab cake benedict. The poached egg’s yolk was almost fully cooked, which i consider it as a failure. And the portion for the crab meat egg benedict is really small. At the same price (350++ baht) as the roast breakfast set, i will choose to order the platter anytime.

Conclusion

Having your meal at Roast Coffee & Eatery is a break-away from the heavy traffic and the crazy shopping routine.  Apart from Roast Coffee & Eatery, this area also has many other interesting restaurants worth visiting. if you have yet to visit this area of Bangkok, why not fork out some time in the morning to chill out at this place and continue with your crazy shopping in the noon!

Don’t forget to pop by Mr Jones’ Orphanage for a quick dessert just next door!

Directions

The nearest bts station is Thonglor station and takes a 15 minutes walk. Taking a cab may be much easier, especially if Roast is your first meal of the day. If you choose to walk, you just need to walk on one straight road on Sukhumvit 55 and turn left into Akkhara Phat when you see a building call “Home Place”.