Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) Coffee — one of the most confusing cafes with the name of an old-school Chinese hardware store — is a roastery and cafe at Jalan Besar.

The coffee house was home to a number of hardware stores in the past, before it was purchased by PPP Coffee. They retained the name to pay homage to its origins, as well as its anachronistic facade. With vintage antiques on display and its anachronistic facade, Chye Seng Huat Hardware wasn’t just another cafe with amazing coffee. It was a whole new dining experience.

One of the best cold brews in Singapore

Their signature White Cold Brew ($8.5) was full bodied, very chocolatey and hazelnut-ty, with a syrupy mouthfeel. It stood out in comparison to your average white cold brews, which are usually very milky.

If the bottle looks familiar to you, it’s because it resembles the cold brews from Bootstrap Beverages. However, the cold brew, steeped with PPP Coffee’s Throwback Blend, is an entirely different product despite the similar packaging. Instead, this is just a collaboration between CSHH Coffee and Bootstrap for the production process.

For a more underrated coffee choice, order the Nitro Antimatter ($8.5). Tea-like, fruity, zesty, with a touch of sweetness from the oat milk and infused nitrogen, this cup was filled with robust flavous that just kinda tease your tongue when you take a sip.

Meanwhile, their Cold Brew Red ($8) was sweet and mellow. It’s brewed with a Cascara Jasmine Tea and sweetened with nectarine, dried figs and honey. A little too sweet for me, but then again, I have a preference for bitter, strong tasting teas.

Skip the pastries

Prior to ordering, I read some reviews which criticised the food here. Between the mains and desserts, we chose the Red Wine Chocolate Cake and Kouign Amann.

The aromatics of the red wine only lasted for the few moments it arrived on the table and momentarily wafted out of our minds. Afterwards, you just kinda get this deep, fruity flavour that wasinfused in the cake. The flavours weren’t bad. But they weren’t impressive either. However, the cake was quite dry.

The Kouign Amann was buttery and flaky. It started off great, actually. But the textbook texture only applies to the outer layer of the pastry. The deeper into the center we went, the dryer it got. Eventually, it just felt like a biscuit. Taste-wise, it could have also been more buttery and sweeter.

As reviewed by other diners, their pastries were really a no-go. Perhaps, their mains would fare better.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee

Location: 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Opening hours: 9am-9pm

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