Forty Hands is named as such as it is believed that it takes approximately 40 pairs of hands from the planting all the way to the point of consumption of a cup of coffee. All the sense in the name of the cafe suddenly comes into light knowing that fact. It’s a 10 – 15 minutes walk away from Tiong Bahru MRT, and along the way, it’s just clusters of shophouses, and Forty Hands Coffee is hidden in one of the corners amongst them. The cafe can, probably sit up to 30 – 40 people. It’s small and constricted on the inside. They have outdoor seating too, although the furnishing is nothing worth taking a second look.
Don’t get it wrong – they have a self-service ordering system. The menu is on the wall and that’s about it. It’s like a Starbucks concept – order at the counter concept. So don’t sit there waiting to be shown a menu or order to be taken.
Flat White ($5) :: Flat White is usually my cup of tea (coffee) when it comes to morning beverage, if not Hot Chocolate. This day I stuck with a little bit of caffeine to kick start the day. Love the art work, otherwise the coffee tasted ordinary.
Eggs Benedict ($12) :: Served in a very old-fashioned plate, the poached eggs looks somewhat promising. But I was a little disappointed to have tasted it a little overcooked. I’m pretty sure and hope that it’s a one-off incident.
Tau Sa Pau ($2.50) :: I don’t know if it’s the hype that makes it disappointing, or what. Having read all the raving reviews about it, it was surely a big miss to miss that out. I had one, it was bigger than usual, taste wise, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as spectacular as many have reviewed.
Chocolate Scookie ($2.50) :: A cross breed of scones and cookies, comes Scookie. Having been a chocolate scookie, I was expecting more chocolate to it, instead of the presence of some fruity taste. The scookie itself wasn’t as enjoyable as it looks too. It was another let down from 40 Hands.
I had expected much more from Forty Hands following the many good reviews. The ambience wasn’t quite there. The seats aren’t comfortable to chill out for long (maybe it’s just one of their ways to have a higher turnover rate). The food weren’t of an acceptable standard either. With the numerous cafes opening up around Singapore, I guess it wouldn’t be any time in the near future that I’d be back.
Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-02, Tiong Bahru
Telephone: 6225 8545
Photos by Cheryl and me.