To what I can recall, Forty Hands is one of the pioneer cafes that triggered off this whole cafe craze we are experiencing today- the number of cafes of recent has certainly ballooned as compared to the small few a few years ago. Despite the competition in the region of Tiong Bahru, Forty Hands has still been able retain its usual crowd and has not only come up with a new improved menu but also, many more seats for dining indoors.
Three years on from my last review on Forty Hands, it is easy to notice the changes that have occurred within the little cafe along Yong Siak Street- the graffiti wall at the back of the cafe, the many more seats and dining tables, more brunch items are available now, there is a wider variety of snacks, bites and cafe favourites and also, the dessert spread is even more exciting now. One thing remains the same though, it is still as crowded and a little cramped as ever.
The Big Bang ($15.00)
One of the more recent items on the menu, The Big Bang comes with a choice of organic Beef or Pork Sausage, topped with Bolognese, crispy Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Sour Cream and Chilli Flakes. Most certainly one of the more show- stopping Hot Dog creations around the area, it should be easy for this to please the more indulgent diners who are looking for all of their savoury favourites put together.
Onde Onde Cupcake ($3.50)
Bound to be a hit with those with a sweet tooth, the Onde Onde Cupcake boasted a smooth and intensely flavoured Pandan topping, centred with a sweet Gula Melaka- drenched shredded coconut filling in its heart. Thankfully, the sponge cake fared just as well in the textural department.
Lemon Curd Cheesecake ($7.50)
One of the better Cheesecake versions I have tried, the Lemon Curd Cheesecake featured a satisfying pleasurable blend between the cheese and the tangy lemon curd, providing for a sourish sweet taste that would grow on one.
Of course, a visit to Forty Hands will not be complete without their signature coffee blend creations. A full-bodied cup of Cappuccino to kickstart your day or one to enjoy on a slow or lazy afternoon, the perfect balance of acidity and milk should be able to give you the right dose of caffeine and of course, the pleasure you are seeking for when you enter those doors.
Four years later, Forty Hands does certainly seem to have retained its glorious spot its as one of the best cafes around. Having garnered a loyal following yet drawing cafe- hopping fans to its small space, the new and improved menu and the increase in number of seats within the cafe are changes that potential customers will look forward to.
Many thanks to Ms. Annabelle and Ms. Janice from the Spa Esprit Group for the kind invitation.
78 Yong Siak Street
Contact Number: 6225 8545
Tuesdays to Sundays, 8.00am till 7.00pm