We popped into Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar when we were staying in Little India as it’s just a short walk from where we were staying. And boy are happy we did.
The concept of the coffee shop is to have a coffee experience where you can watch the baristas make your coffee because they’re working at a bar which is completely surrounded by customers. In other words, a 360º bar. It’s really cool.Of course, the fit out of this cafe is incredible — world class. It has a bit of an industrial look which has been all the rage for almost a decade now, but it’s more modern and classy than that. Lighting is fantastic and seating is very cool. We loved our seat against the wall.
We had coffee and cake here and both were fab. The coffee is as good as any we’ve had in Singapore and the cake was an interesting sticky fig pudding. We’re guessing it’s a take on sticky date pudding.Prices for food here are reasonable for the quality you get and slightly cheaper than some other high end Singapore cafes. Coffee is the same as most other upmarket coffee shops in Singapore — overpriced! $5.50 for a cappuccino or latte.
We really love Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar and we highly recommend coming here if you love coffee, cafe food or even if you are just in the area and feel like some cake. Awesome.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar
150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Lavender, Singapore
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Friday/Saturday until 24:00)
Closest MRT: Lavender (green EW11) or Farrer (purple NE8)
Main meals: $18-20
Located on the bustling Serangoon Road where you might end up if you’re shopping, Usman Restaurant is a Pakistani/Northern Indian restaurant with great prices and amazing food.
It’s a food stall kind of place rather than a formal restaurant meaning you’ll be eating from plastic tables and in an open air environment.
We’ve tried a range of food and drinks here and we really love the daal (lentil curry), butter chicken and briyani dishes. We especially love the icy cold and refreshing life juices and sodas. Aside from these dishes, there plenty of naan options, vegetables and assorted curries. It’s awesome!But we just can’t go past that butter chicken. It’s so tender!
It’s definitely worth coming here if you’re in the area and if you really want to eat cheaply, just order some daal and white rice. It’s possibly one of the cheapest meals in Singapore! A great place also if you need a late night meal.
238 Serangoon Rd, Little India, Singapore
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00
MRT terdekat: Farrer Park (purple NE8)
Plain naan: $1.20
Chicken briyani: $5.50
Butter chicken: $5.00
Lime juice: $2.00
White rice: $1.00
Everyone knows that Little India is a haven of culinary tourism, but sometimes it’s difficult to know which restaurants are the best. Well, after trying a lot of places in Little India, we can safely say that Komala Vilas is one of the best and what’s more, it’s halal.
Started in 1947, the restaurant has been around so long that it must be good. Dishes range from dosai to mixed rice dishes which come with lots of different side dishes and mixing sauces.Some of the food here is spicy, but on the whole the food is more flavoursome rather than spicy. The mixed rice dishes are wide and varied, but we can safely say that the standard “rice meal” is awesome. Cauliflower, potato, beans, okra and dhal all in their own Indian sauces. The chutneys and sauces on the side are really interesting and full of flavour as well.
For a cheaper meal, try the dosai (Indian bread) which comes in about 60 configurations. We most recently tried the masala dosai and it was also so delicious. A 40cm long dosai filled with spiced potatoes and served with 3 different dipping sauces. It is so cheap for what you get and it’s almost enough for 2 people, depending on how hungry you are.
Also highly recommended are the mango lassis. A mango yoghurt drink that is sweet, milky and slightly sour. Perfect to wash down your dosai with.The ordering process is quite simple. Go to the counter where they have menus. Select the dishes you want and pay straight away. Take your receipt and give it to one of the waiters and your meal will arrive about 5 minutes later.
Most people here eat with their hands, but utensils are also provided if you don’t like getting your hands dirty.
If you want to try authentic Indian food while you’re in Singapore, Komala Vilas is definitely a good choice.
Komala Vilas Restaurant
76 Serangoon Road, Little India, Singapore
Jam Buka: 07:00 – 22:30
Closest MRT: Little India (blue DT12 / purple NE7)
Rice Meal: $8.50
Masala Dosai: $3.90
Mango Lassi: $4.10