Four years ago, a man named Harry Grover joined forces with the Spa Esprit Group to breathe 40 Hands to life in the once quiet Yong Siak Street. As one of the first cafes to offer a taste of Third Wave coffee, they were due for a little sprucing up. So, one quick three-week renovation later, the cozy neighbourhood café now sports a fresh new look but with that same soulful feel. Probably even more exciting to note however, is that their brunch selections are now served daily and with newer options too. Minimalist no more Ditching its bare walls for new and shiny tri-coloured white, red and navy tiles, the popular Tiong Bahru cafe now looks far more polished than ever. If anyone’s tired of minimalist interiors and cement floors that only remind you of your classrooms in the 90’s, you’ll appreciate the solid wood floors and ceiling here.
From our actually comfortable seats on the wooden stools, we spotted our favourite feature of the space – the military-inspired shelves behind the counter, where some of owner Harry Grover’s childhood army knick-knacks stood on display. Brunch now available daily
Put your (forty)hands in the air and say goodbye to weekend-only brunch menus at this café as they finally extend it to a daily affair, available from 8am to 4pm. On top of that, new menu additions include a unique rendition of Eggs Benedict ($16), which comes served with a piece of juicy and hunky steak alongside some spicy roasted potatoes - we daresay a winning combination. Salad lovers will be well taken care of with the Muscle Mary Salad ($14), with the mix starring fresh mint, quinoa, pumpkin, broccoli, figs, Greek yoghurt and a sweet and zesty honey-lemon dressing.
Before you go, be sure to pick up some of their signature Tau Sar Pao ($2.50). Unlike the usual steamed red bean bun, these come flat with a ridiculously generous amount of red bean paste filling. (We would give it two thumbs up only we need both hands to hold up the entire pao.) Here, you'll also be able to enjoy that delicious line of new cakes from HOUSE, as well as a house blend of Common Man Coffee Roaster's Espresso brew. For more information about 40 Hands, click here. By Peh Yi Wen See Also: Best artisanal bakeries in Singapore Can't decide between breakfast and lounging in bed? Check out these places for all day breakfast now!