Redhead and I went to Chye Seng Huat Hardware next. The cafe had taken over the old premises of a hardware store but you couldn’t tell from the exterior. I’m glad that the owner decided to keep the exterior of the building as they don’t build them like this anymore. The coffee beans were roasted on the premises and there was a shop where you could buy coffee beans and other coffee-related merchandise.
As far as I could tell, the doors beneath the signboard were always closed. To tell whether the cafe was open, I looked at the grey gates to the left (where the van was parked). If they were ajar, the cafe was open; if they were closed, so was the cafe.
Redhead and I were lucky again. Even though the cafe was packed, we managed to find an empty table at the outdoors sitting area. Redhead ordered the brew of the day which had some flowery notes. As it was a hot day, I decided to go for a cold brew which came in a retro-looking brown bottle. The bottle reminded me of the iodine bottles of the old days. The cold brew was smooth with a bit of citrus flavor.
We also shared a ham and cheese french toast. It came with a pile of arugula which was drizzled with a light citrusy dressing. The french toast sandwich was yummy. The cheese was melted while the bread was dripped in eggs and then pan-fried until crispy.