40 Hands by Harry Grover @ Yong Siak Street Gets A Facelift

One of the first third wave coffee movement joints to hit the scene back in 2010 and possibly also the first of many cafes which laid the blueprint for the hip indie estate the Tiong Bahru enclave would become today, 40 Hands by Harry Grover and Spa Esprit Group has since undergone a facelift and a bit of a sprucing up before reopening its doors at the beginning of April this year.

While the former space had a bit of a grungy and brooding soul, the revamp has made it a tad more polished, furnished with glossy tiling and all, adding a little bit more personal space between you and the neighbouring table. The menu is refreshed too, with brunch being served daily from 8am-4pm, complimented by the usual specialty coffee blends from Common Man Coffee Roasters that are pulled here.

Big cheers for no more having to squeeze with the crowds 40 Hands used to always pack in- back when brunch was available only on weekends. Weekdays are not that empty now either by the way. We came on a Wednesday morning and it was full house. Clearly, regulars are thrilled that this hipster coffee joint is now back in business.


New on the menu is their selection of Salads priced at about $15. The gym junkies will love the Muscle Mary which is extremely high in protein and low in fat, with ingredients of quinoa, broccoli, pickled beetroot and greek yoghurt. We ordered it because the name was just too tongue-in-cheek not to. Add $3 for a side of chicken as well. For a salad that even non-salad people will eat, The Megs is a great option- think bacon, feta cheese, macadamia nuts and roasted sweet potatoes.


From the brunch selection are offerings of Eggs Benedict with Juicy Steak/Organic Bacon $16– both served with a side of spicy roasted potatoes, Eggs Cocotte $16 and Brioche French Toast $15 with lemon curd. The eggs were beautifully poached, just like those at CMCR and those potatoes cooked with sun-dried tomatoes were so addictively good- they deserve a solo spot on the menu. The steak was bit too tough for our liking though, possibly because we took way too long with our photography as usual.


Toasties are still on the menu with choices of Jamaican Pork, Pesto Chicken and Mediterranean Lamb $13.50. No hesitation on our end as we ordered the Truffle Mushroom $12.50 in a heartbeat. Filled with soft creamy truffle mushroom puree and toasted till crisp, this tasted good even after it had gone cold. Such a simple but brilliant combination.


Cakes and tarts here are similar to those offered at House@Dempsey with their famous Tau Sar Pau $2.50 and Kong Bak Pau also available here. For a touch of local flavour, go for their Ondeh Ondeh and Chendol Cupcakes $4.50. The former was unfortunately sold out when we were there, which was a real shame because we had heard others raving about it so we ordered the latter, which interestingly captured the essence of Chendol but funnily, had a salty aftertaste.

Oh yes, prices here are nett too with no additional service charge or gst.

For more dining establishments with nett pricing: 25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices


78 Yong Siak Street
Tel: 62258545

Opening hrs:
8am – 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Closed on Mondays


One Response to 40 Hands by Harry Grover @ Yong Siak Street Gets A Facelift

  1. Bojio hahaha. So what is the 2nd wave and 3rd wave coffee joints?

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