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Strangers’ Reunion Cafe

Strangers' Reunion - (7)

When I first saw the name “Strangers’ Reunion”, I did a double take. But times have changed. Strangers’ Reunion is hardly strange when you compare that to Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which is neither a hardware store or related to Chye Seng Huat, whoever he may be. I wonder if he’s still alive actually. And just in case you were wondering, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a cafe, opened by the people of Papa Palheta! They’re closing their Hooper Road store, so you can only catch them at Tyrwhitt Road. Woe betide all those living in the Bukit Timah area.

Strangers’ Reunion is very small! Be prepared to SQUEEZE‘

Strangers' Reunion - Red Velvet Cupcake

I didn’t eat this, but I took a picture of it because I thought it was so eye catching and pretty! It’s amazing how people can wolf down cakes made of beetroot yet they can’t imagine drinking beetroot juice. For the record, I LOVE beetroot juice, and I would highly recommend it to everyone for its health properties.

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Highlander Coffee

Before there was Papa Palheta, 40Hands, Loysel’s Toy and Chock Full of Beans, there was Highlander Coffee. Started by brothers Phil and Cedric Ho in early 2004, Highlander not only sells coffee, they roast and sell their coffee beans and they even have a coffee academy to teach the finer points of coffee appreciation to coffee addicts out there.

I’ve been going to Highlander for a number of years, but somehow I’ve never managed to blog about it. This time round, I was at Highlander again 4 days ago, and I’m glad to report back that they are still at the top of their league. Actually I’d just had a flat white at 40 Hands during lunch, and I thought it was very good. Then I had another flat white at Highlander at around 5pm and there was just no mistake about it, Highlander was the clear winner. The coffee was so smooth it practically slid down my throat. Yet it was strong and with a good aroma. I think this is as good as it goes in Singapore. It was so good, we ordered a second cup.

I don’t know about you but I get this feeling that Highlander’s become a hidden gem now that there are so many new boys in the market. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that new is always better! Oh btw, Kampong Bahru looks like it’s set to be the next in place, with a number of new cafe/cake shop types opening. Remember you heard it here.

Highlander - Flat White Flat White

Highlander - Coffee Preparation Area They sell coffee beans at $12/250gm. Pretty good price I would say for freshly ground beans.

Highlander -Seating Area

Highlander Coffee

49 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169362

Operation Hours
Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Closed on Sun and Public Holidays

Contact Numbers
Office/Showroom/Coffee Academy Tel: +65 6226 1686
Coffee Bar Tel: +65 6223 7102

Loysel’s Toy Cafe

Loysel's Toy Flat White

Finally visited the much awaited Loysel’s Toy Cafe. If you’ve heard of Papa Palheta, you would know that they basically serve only coffee and sell coffee beans at their Bukit Timah Hooper Road hideout. Now, the same guys behind Papa Palheta have decided to grant us our wish, and voila, Papa Palheta’s new cafe Loysel’s Toy.

I think this must really be their marketing strategy, for they have chosen an even more ulu location for their cafe! I am 99.9% sure that there is NO WAY, anyone would chance upon Loysel’s Toy unless they were working in the exact same building that Loysel’s Toy is situated in. It’s close enough to Lavender MRT station, apparently only 7 minutes walk. Their backyard faces the Kallang River Park, but thanks to some really bushy hedges, they are hidden from view.

Despite that, there were quite a number of customers at Loysel’s Toy. All word of mouth from Papa Palheta fans I’m quite sure. That was how I found out too. The place is bright and cheery, and once again, reminds me of the cafes in foreign lands. They were also going for a sort of retro look, with interesting seat covers for their high chairs.

We only had flat whites today costing $4 each. As expected, it was of good standard, just like the ones you get at Papa Palheta. I hardly put any sugar in, which I take to be a mark of pretty good coffee.  Now that they are a full fledged cafe, they also serve a small selection of food items such as sandwiches, baked eggs, omelettes and muesli. I shall return again with the Partner to try out their sandwiches and more coffee soon.

Loysel's Toy Funky High Chairs

Loysel's Toy Cafe

Loysel's Toy Entrance and Alfresco Seating

Click on Loysel’s Toy’s website to see their menus.

Read about 365days2play’s review on Papa Palheta at Hooper Road Bukit Timah

Loysel’s Toy

66 Kampong Bugis, Ture / Sam Tat Warehouse #01-01 Singapore 338987

Tel: 94510-236 (Call Marcus first if you’re buying beans just in case the ones you want are out of stock)

Hours: 9am – 9pm / Closed on Mondays

Directions to Loysel’s Toy Cafe (Only 7 minutes walk from Lavender MRT Station, so Marcus says)


Papa Palheta – A secret cafe

Papa Palheta's flat whites

I discovered the existence of Papa Palheta a while back while reading some blogs. It’s a place so secret, they don’t even have a signboard on their front door. And speaking of their front door, I think they don’t have one either! 140 Bukit Timah Road. Yes we managed to find 140 alright, but it looked like a disused office with the shutters all pulled down. The place faces the main road, yet you would definitely drive right past even if you were searching for it. Which actually speaks volumes for the owners’ confidence in their product, don’t you agree?

We didn’t drive all the way here to leave disappointed, so we finally spied a namecard stuck to the front door with the magic words “Papa Palheta, try the back door”. What on earth, teasing us and telling us to try the back door! Is this a secret society or what? We turned the corner, and voila, we located the very packed Papa Palheta.

                         Papa Palheta Back DoorPapa Palheta Courtyard

We were ushered by a young girl past the back courtyard where some customers were seated, and past the front counter into what looked like a living room. It was a colourful and bright looking room, with a motley assortment of quaint looking furniture. We sat next to a cupboard full of bits of cloth, and an old type-writer. I suppose there are no new type-writers now? No new non-electric typewriters anyway.

We asked for menus but the girl said that Papa Palheta doesn’t charge for the drinks! The coffee is free for customers to sample, and what they really want to sell are the beans. Papa Palheta’s key competencies are in roasting and serving specialty coffee. They retail and roast coffee beans from around the world, focussing on estate, Micro-Lot and single-origin coffees. Free drinks, I want! So we ordered 3 flat whites and a cappucino for the 4 of us. Many of the other customers order iced-coffee, which I shall do so for my next visit. (Ok disclaimer, they operate by a tip system, so you either buy their coffee beans or you leave them a tip)

Papa Palheta Cappucino with rosetta

The coffee came in little glasses with saucers and a complementary bikkie. We were given the Terra-Firma blend of beans, ie the house blend. Wow, the coffee was good. It was intense, full-bodied and smooth. It was very good. All 4 of us agreed that Papa Palheta had a winner here and the 3 of them thanked me for introducing them to this gem of a place (pat pat pat on the back). I am not so sure that they would be pleased to know that I have now let loose the existence of this secret hideout to the world.

Palheta by the way, was the name of Brazilian Lieutenant Colonel Palheta, who was sent to smuggle some coffee seeds from French Guiana in order for Brazil to start its own coffee plantations. Check out Papa Palheta’s website as well as a map of their location.

Papa Palheta living room

The pretty living room

 Papa Palheta Old Typewriter 

Old Typewriter

Papa Palheta side table with glass container for tips

They request for $3.50 per cuppa but you are free to tip as you please.

Papa Palheta 250gm coffee beans

250gm bag of coffee beans

Papa Palheta Front Counter and drip station  

The front counter

Papa Palheta back door entrance

So now you know where to find Papa Palheta

Papa Palheta Speciality Coffee

140 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229840

Enter by Hooper Road

Telephone: 97990420


Tuesdays to Fridays 9am to 7.30pm

Saturdays 9am to 9pm

Sundays and Public Holidays 9am to 7.30pm

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