It seems like Singapore's coffee scene impresses a modern twist on old school glamour - Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) is not a local hardware shop. The hardware store layout actually masked a coffee bar - the latest baby of Papa Palheta, with sibling Loysel's Toy. As usual, there was a great deal of hype surrounding the coffee joint. Plus, my friend tried Loysel's Toy coffee, which was palatable for her liking and figured that CSHH's brew should not differ.
Orange Cappuccino - I thought the orange cappuccino smelt delicious, since it left an aroma of orange zest. As it turned out, the concoction tasted unnatural. Call me old-fashioned, maybe. I do not think that fruits make an ideal choice of combination with coffee - it just tasted weird. If you ask me, coffee should be prepared without any fuss - plain and natural, just the way I like it.
Black Sesame Orange Chiffon - Orange, again. They were only getting into the festive mood of Chinese New Year. Right. Yet the same genesis of novelty turned out great here. Honestly, the cake left me with the deepest impression because its texture was so light and fluffy, although the black sesame flavour was faintly present.
Trio Sausage Platter - I was not really impressed by this dish when the combination consists of three different sausages and wild rocket, cherry tomato salad and sauerkraut.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a hole-in-the-wall coffee bar tucked away in Lavender, one of the industrial areas in Singapore. As I have mentioned earlier, the old-fashioned façade is probably the lure for customers because it is also my guilty pleasure. Nonetheless, my coffee junkie instincts will not take me back here for a second chance.