12-inch Pizzas & Records

Getting older is no fun, but it helps when you have lovely friends and a luxurious salted caramel popcorn cake. Come next year, I shall ban numerically suggestive candles of any shape and size, unless of course if they read “21”.

12-inch Pizzas & Records
70 Jellicoe Road, V Hotel, Level 4, S(208767)
Open Mon-Sun: 12pm – 1030pm

The Space Program

The Space Program is a project initiated by Foreign Policy Design Group, in collaboration with Unlisted Collection and supported by National Heritage Board.

Quite a mouthful, huh? Well, that basically means there is now a pop-up store at the lobby of New Majestic Hotel, selling everyday items related to the Singaporean culture.

Carefully curated by Foreign Policy Design Group, you can expect books, art prints, DVDs, and even freshly roasted coffee beans from Papa Palheta.

I especially loved how the display shelves were constructed using stacked washboards. Very innovative and nostalgic!

I was elated to see the latest issue of apartamento here as I had been searching high and low for this. It was featured for a short fiction story set in olden Singapore.

The Space Program is happening from now till 11 October at the New Majestic Hotel. If you’re interested to see how contemporary popular culture can also be uniquely Singaporean, then you won’t want to miss this.

The Space Program
New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh S(089845)
Open daily from 11am-7pm

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Chye Seng Huat Hardware is the newest and biggest establishment yet by Papa Palheta. Just a little into their second week and the cafe’s overflowing with eager customers — looks like the coffee fever in Singapore is still going on strongly.

Lovers of single origin beans would be happy to know that at CSHH, they use a string of different beans for the various brewing methods. Which is great because everyone has varying preferences, so if you know how you’d like your coffee to be (milky/bold, strong/light, acidic/bitter) then you can’t go wrong with this menu.

As the orders for hand brews were piling up, I settled for a cold brew (above left), conveniently sealed in a… cough medicine bottle? The cold brew method helped to bring out the bright flavors of the ethopia sidamo beans — sweet citrus notes with mild acidity and a clean finish.

The hazelnut muffin (above right) went hand in hand with a regular cup of espresso with milk (below). Just like how it works at Nylon Coffee, the mini 3oz contains less milk than the regular 5oz. So if you’d prefer a stronger cup, go for the mini.

Some other bakes we’ve tried include the raspberry financier (above left), pistachio cranberry tea cake (above right) and butter croissant (below). Decent, but weren’t quite impressed. Anyway, the coffee’s what we’re all after, right?

Adjacent to the cafe is a small, curious room called The Annex. It’s an experimental bar with an evolving menu, perhaps something like The Steeping Room, where coffees would be paired with light bites to spark discussion and a deeper appreciation.

Priced at $23/pax, sessions are held Tue-Thu at 3pm and Fri-Sun at 3pm & 8pm, each lasting for at least an hour. If you’re interested, email surpriseme@cshhcoffee.com for reservations.

Another noteworthy setup at CCSH is the working gramophone and the wide collection of records used to serenade the ears. Many customers might not even notice, but it’s these little details that make all the difference.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road, S(207563)
Open Tue-Thu: 9am-7pm, Fri-Sun: 9am-10pm