Flat White, $5
Maybe one day I'll realize how much money I've spilled spending weekend after weekend waking up to idyllic brunches (read overpriced eggs), then spending the rest of the day having fair trade coffee from exotic locales. Maybe it's excessive, superficial, even foolish. But for what it's worth, I feel alive - sipping coffee, completely unwinding burdens of the week past, having random, witty discourse with close friends, enjoying the laid-back music, and half wondering how is it that all these cafés have such amazing playlists... One day I'll wisen up, maybe. But not today, not yet.
Iced Mocha, $8
Ask me where I want to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I'll still suggest Tiong Bahru in a heartbeat. The stretches of cafés and quirky stores selling everything from books to vintage furniture are enough to keep me fascinated for hours... On this occasion, I picked 40 Hands. The decor is a funny blend of geometric shapes and nature, the food a mesh of many influences, with offerings such as Tau Sar Pau and Turkish Bread. Their coffee was satisfying but comes at a slight premium above similar specialty coffee joints. The thing is, good coffee is becoming so commonplace that even the slightest premium can look a bit jarring.
Big Boy Breakfast, $18, Eggs Cocotte, $15
Food at 40 Hands is reasonably tasty but not impressive. The Eggs Cocotte featured a delicious bed of baby spinach and mushrooms with a little bit of truffle oil in the mix, but nestled on them were overcooked poached eggs. The Big Boy Breakfast had a little bit of everything - lovely Turkish bread, scrambled eggs, spicy chipolata sausage, mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. The whole just wasn't greater than the sum of the parts - no synergy to speak of, know what I mean? Essentially, 40 Hands' forte still lies in their coffee, but if you're hungry, the food isn't half bad, just a little pricey for what they are.
78 Yong Siak Street #01-12,
Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 163078
Tel: 6225 8545
Tue - Thu: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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