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“Interesting coffee bar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Forty Hands

Forty Hands
Ranked #218 of 10,311 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Recently opened, this café serves ethically sourced coffee and a range of gourmet sandwiches and pastries.
Singapore, Singapore
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366 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“Interesting coffee bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

40 Hands is a little bit ramshackle, but it also has two different beers on tap (one is the rather strange yet wonderful limited edition espresso beer from the Archipelago brewery) and that's something to celebrate in a coffee house.

There's a good selection of cakes and biscuits; we arrived at 9:30pm and only a maniac would be drinking coffee that late; better to drink a strange flavoured beer and eat a chocolate cookie.

The aroma of coffee is incredibly strong inside; definitely worth making the walk over for. (The only bad thing about 40 Hands is that it's pretty much as in the middle of nowhere as it's possible to be in Singapore - far from the MTR, bus stops, well, pretty much anything)

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Bali, Indonesia
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132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Riding the wave”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

40 Hands is a great little coffee shop. Think Melbourne lane ways, think Sydney boho.

Gone are the days when you could justifiably whinge about no quality coffee in Singapore, now that there are at least half a dozen great Aussie influenced cafes. I'm thinking Toby's Estate, The Plain etc.

40 Hands is very competently run, always busy but never have to wait too long. Well trained staff. Interesting, pretty small menu. Eclectic.

I disagree wiTh earlier review on the lamb sambo, I reckon it's a winner.

The little nook of Tiong Bahru is already gentrifying (or going ang mo). Popping up in the street is a book shop, funky homewares store and restaurants.

I think 40 hands is good value too. When breakfast for two can total $80 at Jones The Grocer and the like, I reckon under 40 bucks at 40 Hands is pretty good.

Enjoy!

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Singapore, Singapore
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great sandwiches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

If you fancy healthy and tasty sandwiches, simple cakes and don't mind truffle oil on your French fries, this is the place to go. Oh, and you might want to people watch...

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Singapore, Singapore
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“New coffee experience for Singapore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

Finally, there is a place in Singapore with good quality coffee. Forty Hands is difficult to find as it's located on what is, at the moment, a relatively quiet street in an up-and-coming area. Tiong Bahru has a lot to offer, so it's not necessarily a visit out of the way for a good coffee, although in my opinion it would be worth it if it was. They offer great snags (sausages) at night with a combination of local and Australian influences. During the day I have had the toasted sandwiches - some of which are brilliant (pulled pork) but others I wasn't that fussed about (mediterranean lamb - this one sounds good with ingredients of feta with lamb but to be honest they don't work together at all). They also serve alcoholic cider and some beers if you fancy a quiet beer. There is both some seating on the street, and in a courtyard (I use this word loosely) at the back. In other cities it would be located in areas frequented by the 'arty' crowd and this crowd is finding its home in Singapore either in Tiong Bahru or Joo Chiat. One issue is that sometimes the coffee isn't great but it depends on the person making it not the quality of the beans, which have been, to date, great. It is also relatively expensive for Singapore, which is a bit of a downer.

  • Visited December 2011
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Singapore
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great coffee with decent small bites!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

It was my second time at the cafe; we ordered quite a bit of food for cafe standard. The sandwiches were very tasty- could taste the freshness of both the bread and it's ingredients! I want to recommend the red bean Pau too! May seem strange to order such a snack at a place so western but I loved it!

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Thank SgJanet
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