Revisiting Flock Café, Moh Guan Terrace

I thought I read somewhere, maybe on Facebook, that Flock at Moh Guan Terrace was closing. That was after my first visit, and I had actually wrote an email to the address listed on their website but I didn’t receive any response. Yesterday, since I was on leave and was free in the early evening, I decided to go for a coffee break, even though I felt that I already had consumed sufficient food to last me to dinner. So anyhow, it has been a while since I took a walk around the “neighbourhood”, so despite that it was humid balmy day, I took the risk anyhow. There are always back-up options in the vicinity anyway, if Flock had really closed, but I was quite happy when I rounded the corner of the block where they are located, to see that they are still in business. Woohoo!

If my stomach had allowed, I would have liked to order their scrambled eggs with sourdough, something I had on the first visit that I enjoyed thoroughly. They had other all-day breakfast options too, and various other food options; in fact, I think they have quite an extensive menu considering that typically these cafes don’t offer much in terms of food. But I resisted. And ordered for myself a muffin and coffee. There were some cakes available, both the moist and creamy-looking type as well as the simpler tea-cake kind. But somehow they didn’t really appeal to me yesterday. The only muffin available was something called “Ondeh Ondeh muffin”; oh my, that sounds interesting enough! So here goes (and any diet or wellness-eating plans).

Initially, I didn’t know what to expect of the muffin because I was imagining that it would perhaps have a soft, molten core that contains some gula melaka syrup that would ooze out when I cut into the muffin. But instead, my fork met with some resistance when I attempted to pierce the top of the muffin. It’s pretty firm and hard, even though I think they did warm it up a little (this I couldn’t be sure). The top of the muffin was just how I liked my muffins to be, firm and crunchy and best of all, not too crumbly. It didn’t just fall apart into bits despite that it’s a little tough to cut into.
Taste-wise, it did have quite a distinct flavour of pandan or coconut, whichever I can’t really tell apart because to me, they are pretty similar. There wasn’t anything oozing out, but instead the ondeh ondeh flavour is just infused into the whole muffin itself. Biting into it, you won’t mistakenly think that you are eating an ondeh ondeh because the texture is totally different, but it’s just the similarity of the taste and flavour, except that in this case, it probably isn’t as strong as when you are eating the real thing, covered with shredded coconut shavings and of course, the colour is entirely different.

I spent a nice, quiet hour in the late afternoon there, and it being a weekday, it’s pretty quiet even though there were a few sets of other patrons there, mainly just solo customers or in twos. It contrasted with the Saturday when I was first there, where we had trouble finding seats and customers were mainly in twos or larger groups, with a much more elevated noise level. It’s a nice time to have, just indulging in some sinful goodness and aromatic coffee, with a good read too. Ok, I won’t exactly call it a good read since it’s just the newspapers that I was reading, but yesterday’s free daily contained many articles aside from news stories, it being the anniversary of the passing of our founding father.There have been many opinions about him before, whether they are right or wrong, fair or not. But I think arising from his death last year and the various TV programmes that talked about his life and work, many people have began to see him in a different light and better appreciate what was being done by him, albeit in an authoritarian style and with an iron-clad manner. That worked for the generation then, where the country was mostly directionless and in need of a strong leadership voice. For the current generation that is more well-educated that has also spawned lots of opinions (some informed, others just plainly emotional and irrational), a different kind of leadership style is needed, which I think the current people are striving to achieve through continuous change and improvements.

Enough said about that, politics are never an easy thing to discuss and that’s not the main point of this post. As I read some of the articles, not without distraction though because I just cannot seem to be able to focus on reading with good concentration… this quote kind of spoke out to me:
Recalled an undergrad, “create the life we want to live, and make the most of what we’ve been blessed with”. It is not something I haven’t heard of before, but really, it’s an apt reminder that I should bear in mind – to always be thankful for what we get in life, and for what we have, make the best of it. Comparisons are inevitable because we don’t live in a vacuum, but letting comparisons get the better of us do not serve us any purpose, especially if they only lead to us envying others and lamenting.


Flock Café (relocated)

Since I moved, I thought it would be a good idea to start checking out the TB stretch of hipster cafes, which I had always wanted to do so ever since the first of those cafes started sprouting up there. It was always a tad out of the way though, and at some point I had started to deride TB as over-hyped, because to be really honest, some of these cafes (and many others around the island), aren’t up to scratch at all – they are just carbon copies of one another, which is ironic, because most pride themselves to be different in some way, not conforming to the usual cookie-cutter chain cafes like SB or CBTL. The funny thing is, with these cafes all adopting the industrial-chic look or whatever you want to call it, putting together non-matching pieces of furniture in a haphazard manner, they have become a cookie-cutter sort of template. But there are some that have withstood the test of time, and fickle consumer tastes, to last for years and are still standing today. Some of them have probably evolved into highly-commercialised entities that have lost their ‘unique’ lustre, whereas others have stuck to their original concept with perhaps a loyal fan-base.

Cafes in the TB stretch have also come and go, with some surviving the harsh and overpopulated cafe scene in Singapore. The Dispensary, a cafe along the main Tiong Bahru Road, has closed before I even had a chance to step beyond its doors. I was luckier with this other cafe, Flock, located along Moh Guan Terrace. I met my cousin one weekend and brought her there, having walked past it one day when I was exploring the area and made a mental note to return.

It was fairly crowded when we visited on Saturday afternoon (that was in January), but we were fortunate to get a table for the 2 of us on the inside, sort of on the ‘mezzanine’ deck, or the area beyond the counter. It’s a very small cafe with a narrow layout, but it could probably accommodate about 20-odd patrons inside. Maybe. Someone found us the table, and I’m not sure if he’s the owner since he didn’t seem like he was part of the crew or wearing what the other crew members wore.

So for brunch, we each ordered a coffee.We also picked the scrambled eggs with sourdough bread to share, priced at S$8 (I think). The egg was quite smooth and runny, fragrant, and also comes in quite an ok portion for us. I would have liked it more if it were egg whites, but then regular scrambled eggs for sharing is fine, otherwise all of it for me might have been too ‘eggy’. I really love the sourdough bread, which goes very well with the egg and butter! I think I could have just ordered this with a coffee and be a very happy camper. 2 large slices of bread were served in this dish.
The other item we got to share was the French Toast, which I thought my cousin would enjoy, since it seems like most people like French Toast? I don’t know, I am not a very big fan of it because it’s always heavily-drenched in syrup that makes the bread too moist and soft, which I DO NOT LIKE. I prefer my breads crunchy to a certain extent, rather it be hard than soft. The only French Toast that I liked were the ones that my mum used to make when I was young and there was leftover bread about to expire. Those were what we called Bombay Toast, or what the Home Economic textbooks called it, bread dipped in a mixture of egg and sugar, and then fried.

Flock’s version of the French Toast was similarly drenched in syrup, and served with a portion of curious-looking bacon that my cousin didn’t dare to eat. Somehow it looks like it’s overcooked or something. Anyway, we didn’t touch it at all because I don’t take bacon. This was also served with banana and some strawberries (maybe one, cut into small pieces), which I would definitely have liked more of. Overall, we both preferred the sourdough with scrambled eggs, which is a simpler (and cheaper) brunch option. The French Toast, if I recalled correctly, was S$15. But maybe French Toast lovers would still like it? Sometime after that, I thought I read somewhere that they were closing the TB outlet, or that they had ‘shifted’ to Ghim Moh (where their second outlet is). I haven’t really walked past the Moh Guan Terrace outlet since that visit, so I can’t confirm if it’s true that they have left the TB area. Sigh. I had hoped that they would still be around because I thought it was a pretty decent cafe that I wouldn’t mind revisiting to try other stuff, if not the sourdough again!

Whisk, Seng Poh Road, Singapore

New cafes seem to be popping up in the Tiong Bahru area, along with other F&B establishments like restaurants and the likes. In the week that Whisk was featured in a short write-up in the Sunday Life section of the papers, my friend and I visited it. We were probably lucky to get there and find a seat along the side by the windows, because shortly after the place started to fill up and the limited seating became occupied. I like the decor of the cafe’s interior, with the generous use of whites and use of lighting to create a cosy and clean feel. However, the bad thing about it is that it traps noise. There were several larger groups who were there at the same time as us, and their competing chatter made it hard for me to hear my friend even across the small table where we sat. That is the drawback with cafes these days, which could also be a strategy to not let patrons feel too comfortable to stay for too long. Anyway, cafes aren’t really meant for customers to park themselves at for long hours due to their need to stay viable and profitable in order to continue operating.

We ordered their carrot cake, which I found cute because of how it was decorated with a small carrot formed by 2 pipings of coloured cream.IMG_0367.JPG

It has been a while since I had it but I don’t really remember the cake to be exceptionally outstanding or nice. Only chose it because I enjoy carrot cakes, but I think I will opt for something else if I revisit the cafe, just to try something different and also to see if I will chance upon something nicer/good! But I seem to remember it being not too dry so in terms of the moisture it still scores some points.IMG_0368.JPG

Coffee is a small cup but relatively strong. To be honest, I can’t tell if a coffee is very good or not. I always let the acidity decide, even if it just means it is a different type of coffee bean or the way it is being roasted. I realise that these cafes, the standalone ones and not the commercialised joints like Starbucks or Coffee Bean, tend to serve coffee (i.e. Americano or regular brew) that is acidic and that which I feel is a little too sour. It has been explained by some of them to be coffee of good quality, so I figured that those that I am used to drinking commercially aren’t as good? Or that they are perhaps not as strong? It is then that I concluded I am not fussy with coffee and its taste so long as I don’t detect that hint of ‘over-roasting’, which would be the ‘chao-ta’ (dialect for burnt) flavour in it.

We ordered a cranberry tea cake as well, or what I think resembles one. I don’t have the exact name but I wanted something else in addition to the carrot cake since there were 2 of us which only makes sense to order 2 items right? Well, I finished most of both anyway so actually it doesn’t. Haha. I liked this cake more, perhaps because it is more buttery and there are days when my palate leans towards the softer and more buttery cakes like tea cakes. It somehow feels lighter (though not healthier, not necessarily anyway). Either ways, they both go well with coffee! There are other variants of the tea cake in other flavours which I really would like to check out next time too! Hopefully by then, Whisk will still be around!IMG_0369.JPG


Drips Bakery Cafe, Tiong Poh Road

Since a really long time ago, I had wanted to check out Drips Bakery Cafe at Tiong Poh Road, in that now-famous Tiong Bahru enclave of small, hips cafes that are attracting people island-wide to flock to that once-sleepy neighbourhood. At least to me, that was my impression, since I don’t live in that area, it is not exactly nearby the MRT station, and I don’t drive. Tiong Bahru market is quite popular with locals for hawker fare, but I haven’t really checked out the stalls much, because it is always hot here.

I like that the whole area, despite all these now-not-so-new shops and cafes, it still retains its general laid-back feel, characterised by the three-storeyed shophouses lining the narrow roads.

After 40 HandsOrange Thimble and Tiong Bahru Bakery, I finally had a chance to go to Drips!

Here’s our order for the day. Total cost: S$25.10. The drinks cost S$4.80 each, if I recall correctly, cafe latte and flat white, and the tarts are pricier, between S$7-S$8 each, thereabouts.


The cafe interior seemed rather spacious, as the front part where the cashier and display case were wasn’t cluttered with tables and chairs. Maybe that is to cater to the waiting crowd, or for walk-in customers to have more space to browse the baked goods. On the inside, there is a slight raised area that is narrow and longish, with more comfortable seats, i.e. arm chairs and sofas, where bigger groups can be seated more comfortably. This was the part where the ceiling had a see-through part to allow natural light to filter in and makes the place look brighter. 20121226-091158.jpg

Now comes the food test. The cinnamon pear tart. 20121226-091245.jpg

It had generous servings of pear topping the tart, sprinkled with cinnamon powder, however, we both agreed that the taste of cinnamon wasn’t really that strong. In fact, although we could see the powder atop the pear slices, we couldn’t really taste it. Perhaps it is to make it such that it doesn’t come across as too overpowering for people who do not really like the strong cinnamon-y taste, but ordering a “pear cinnamon” tart, in the first place we would expect to taste cinnamon and if we don’t fancy cinnamon we wouldn’t even have thought to order it in the first place, yes? But on the whole, it was pretty good because despite what I suspected from the way it looks, it didn’t taste too sweet. Most tarts that I have tried elsewhere tend to overload on the sweetness level that borderlines on unbearable.

 And we also had the blackberry and raspberry tart. I don’t really know what it’s called, maybe Mixed Berry? There was another with blueberries but I thought this looked really nice, and indeed it was! I loved that the berries used were big and juicy, and it really is a fruit tart, i.e. more fruit than tart. The crust was a little crumbly but it wasn’t hard like concrete and it is possible to cut it with a dessert fork for eating.20121226-091318.jpg

When I was there, the selection available seemed quite limited, based on what I saw on the website, so the next time I visit, I will probably try something else, because everything in the display case already looked so tantalising! Even the sponge loaf cakes looked good, and the sandwiches that we saw on the tables of other patrons. Either that, or I was just very hungry when I stepped into the cafe. Even though the coffee was quite normal, it is worth visiting just for the tarts! 

The website showed its address at Tiong Poh Road, but I recalled when I was at Sunset Way sometime back for dinner, I actually saw a shop with the same name, but it was just a bakery, without the cafe, and it sells pretty much the same thing, so probably that is a branch, so people living in that part of the island can also get the same goodness without having to go all the way to Tiong Bahru!


Tiong Bahru Bakery, Singapore (Raffles City)

After the first visit to the outlet at Eng Hoon Street where I actually queued to get in, for more than 30 minutes no less I think, I was luckier when I visited their second outlet in the basement of Raffles City shopping centre, the space that previously housed Aerin’s. Gone was the quiet of what used to be there, because with this new bakery opened in that part of the basement, its crowd and queues can probably rival Ding Tai Fung nearby, although turnover would be much faster so the people don’t need to linger/wait too long outside. At least that was what I would expect since I didn’t have to wait for a seat. When I got there, I joined a queue where someone asked us if we needed a table and for how many, and we were given a table number as we moved along the queue that formed in front of the display counters/cases. It is the same queue, regardless of whether you are choosing to takeaway or dine-in, but it’s really a quick way to move the people along I suppose.

It was a weekday lunch, but we were significantly later than the usual lunch crowd since it was already past 1pm, and most people were either already eating or preparing to leave, or the rest were just there to pack. The cafe was still crowded, but the point was that we didn’t spend time waiting. This time, I couldn’t resist my love for bread once more, and ordered two pastry items instead of their sandwiches.

I don’t remember the name of this bread, but it’s just a simple bun with chocolate chips and it costs S$2.50, or was it S$2. I think I am really like what my friend once said, that I am really “cheap” when it comes to eating because I love eating all the cheap stuff and I do not know to appreciate fine cuisine. I wonder if that was meant to be a compliment or an insult, but I’ll admit as much that I am not that fond of certain foods, and those happen to be in the category of expensive food. As plain as this chocolate bun was, I really liked it; it’s like eating a plain piece of baked item is the best way to know how good the bakery’s bread is. Ya right, you’d think, like I’d know any better. Haha. And ok, I am no baker, but that’s how I would describe how much I enjoyed this.

Remember in my previous post I mentioned that we ordered a Pear Almond Tart that was so disappointing because we found it too sweet? Well, I wanted to give the tarts a second chance and I thought the bun wouldn’t be enough to count as lunch, so I opted for the Lemon Tart.

And I was disappointed once more. I think I should have known from how it looked already but I went against my gut instinct and ordered it anyway. The tart crust was really hard so that I had to saw through it with a knife and even then I had to use a lot of effort. The lemon strips that decorated the top of the tart were rather hard too and a little difficult to bite and chew, and the lemon curd on the inside was of a thick paste texture, which reminded me of moon cake, and it tasted somewhat sweet to me. I always imagined lemon tarts to have a sour tinge to it and I am more fond of sour stuff than things that are overtly sweet. I do have a sweet tooth on some occasions but after I thought about some of the things I enjoy eating, I think I like a fair bit of sour stuff too. I ate less than a quarter of the tart, and my friend with me tried some too and took just a bite, so I guess that sort of sums up how the tart must have been.

My friend ordered a ham sandwich, which unfortunately I do not have a picture of. He thought it was just ok, a sufficient portion for lunch especially coupled with a coffee, even though it looked initially to be too little. He commented though that it would have been better if the sandwich had been heated to melt the cheese inside. Perhaps the tart would have tasted better too if it was heated, I don’t know. And for S$6, I think I would have been happier to have 2 of the plain chocolate buns.

The floor area at the Raffles City outlet is pretty big, so it can seat quite a number of people. But I guess for commercial reasons, also similar to the Eng Hoon Street outlet, tables are arranged uncomfortably close to each other so it makes getting to your seat (on the inside against a wall) difficult because you have to kind of slide yourself in, where most of the times your posterior will be skimming dangerously close to someone else’s table top. And perhaps we were seated at a ‘bad’ table, because we were directly beneath a speaker that was airing some really annoying music that was also too loud, so above the chatter of the lunch crowd, we had to contend with the music that had a very repetitive beat to it. I know that eateries play a certain kind of music to influence the pace of eating of patrons, but then again, this was really annoying and whether or not it made me eat faster I don’t know, but it did annoy me so much that I just wanted to get out of there quickly, so maybe it served its purpose well.

Finally, one of the reasons for having lunch there was because of the famed 40 Hands coffee that we had tried at 40 Hands are really loved. I tried the coffee at Tiong Bahru Bakery in Tiong Bahru and thought it was very good too. But on this unfortunate occasion, both me and my friend agreed that it tasted diluted and didn’t have that quality that had us recommending 40 Hands to the rest of our colleagues.

My my… it does seem that I wasn’t too happy on this visit. I won’t write them off, but maybe I just caught them at a bad time. Tiong Bahru Bakery still churns out good bread and I believe in their coffee too. For convenience sake, I will still head to the Raffles City outlet, but if their coffee doesn’t improve, then maybe I will have to reconsider this decision.


Tiong Bahru Bakery, Singapore

Finally I have made my way to this cafe! Yes, although a new outlet has opened in the basement of Raffles City, I decided to pay a visit to the first outlet, located where else but in Tiong Bahru? I first chanced upon this place when I went to Orange Thimble (just next to it) for lunch one afternoon, and noticed how different the two places seemed in terms of the crowd. The crowd or not at Orange Thimble was slow that day, but in contrast Tiong Bahru Bakery was abuzz with activity! Being such a bread-lover, I couldn’t resist popping in even if it was just to check the place out, and it was there and then that I told myself I would return one day, and so I did.

Check out these delicious-looking (to me at least) bread loaves that were decorating the front glass facade of the cafe. They are not for sale though, just display pieces. Haha.

Met up with my dear friend one Sunday and it probably wasn’t the best time to visit since the cafe opens at 8am in the morning, and I suppose it being Sunday, most people would opt to have brunch, so reaching Eng Hoon Road/Street at around noon meant we had to wait for a table, and in the heat that we all know associated with noon time in Singapore, or basically anytime, it could get unbearable, until we managed to squeeze inside to wait. There are a few tables outside and I honestly admire those people who would brave our brand of heat to sit outdoors.

This is how the inside looks like, which is already almost the whole of the cafe actually.

We were told that the waiting time would probably be 15 minutes but I think we waited much longer than that, the host at the door who was taking names of people waiting for tables seemed to be rather new on the job because she wasn’t really into her role of approaching people for names and such. There were maybe about 4 or 5 people on the wait list, but she couldn’t even remember who was who because she came to us a couple of times to ask and/or confirm our names despite us not moving from where we were waiting.

When we got a table at long last, we couldn’t wait to order because both of us were so hungry and the aromatic coffee was just luring us even more. It is a semi-self-serve kind of place where you join a queue to order your food and drinks, then you take your food to the table and get served the coffee afterward. I am the glutton here because I couldn’t decide what to have and ended up with three items on the tray.

Read from Anne’s blog about the almond croissant which looked really good, so this was the first item we chose. I think it’s really good, and both of us liked it, even though I found part of it, the inside filling, to be slightly sweet. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth although I can and do like certain sweet stuff, but croissants with almonds and baked to (almost) perfection, what more can you ask for? Totally worth the calories in my opinion.

The second thing that caught my eye was the raisin bun, or correctly, a roll. I have a thing for such rolls these days, because of how it is being eaten, or the way I eat it, i.e. to unravel the roll layer by layer. I know many people eat it this way too because it makes sense to eat it this way, but that is what makes it interesting for me! I think I finished this entirely on my own because it was deemed too sweet by my friend and maybe simply since it was right in front of me, or because the last thing we ordered spoilt her appetite completely. I liked the raisin roll, maybe even a little more than the almond croissant, because it is very simple and nice, it’s just a very unpretentious raisin roll, and I think the raisins make it sweet, plus it didn’t have an overtly overwhelming sensation of the items used to bake it, e.g. butter/milk, etc. The almond croissant has a strong taste to it, which makes it nice but it appears a little complicated. The roll on the other hand, is just straightforwardly nice. Ok, I know I am starting to sound really weird here, so maybe let’s just move on.


I love the display counters, but they tricked me into thinking they had just pastries and these sandwiches that come with really interesting colours which you may think inedible (check out the black buns). We didn’t order any sandwiches though since I have more of a thing for pastries at that moment, and sandwiches tend to fill one up more, not the best idea when my intention is to try more things. The next display showcases more products, which was when my friend picked the pear almond tart that was the cause of our downfall, i.e. her spoilt appetite, and my gluttony indulgence. The tart was fairly sweet, the sweetest among the lot we had, even the crust was not spared, and according to her there was this essence used which I guess she wasn’t too fond of. We, of course, did not finish this but I still had a good amount of it. See?


Besides the food, of course, what are pastries and breads without coffee as an accompaniment? We loved how the place was filled with the smells of coffee and bread, and when we tasted the coffee, they totally delivered the quality of the smell. It was only later that I recalled reading that this cafe serves coffee from Forty Hands. So… that’s why, and later that evening I found out that Tiong Bahru Bakery is owned by the same owner of Forty Hands (and many more). Ok now we know.


The thing I don’t really like is of course the crowd, which created a cacophony within the cafe. It isn’t so noisy that you can’t hear your friend sitting in front or that you have to shout, but at some points when everyone was just engaged in chatter and there are kids crying and screaming, it can be a bit of an overkill, particularly when the place is small and a little too cramped where you would think the people in the next table were part of your company. But I will want to try the other stuff I didn’t get a chance to, and skip the pear tart of course. Coffee is a must. Till the next time then!


The Orange Thimble, Tiong Bahru


A couple of months back (yes, I know I have been tardy), a colleague and I had some time to drive to Tiong Bahru and I suggested that we check out this place after the last outing to Forty Hands. I wished I had more opportunities to check out the cafe scene in Tiong Bahru because there seemed to be several other cafes in the vicinity that seem interesting and perhaps worthy of a visit.

This time, it was Orange Thimble, which my friend blogged about before. It’s located at Eng Hoon street, much nearer to the Tiong Bahru market, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find because it’s just next door to the bustling Tiong Bahru Bakery (another place I can’t wait to check out) that has recently opened a branch in the basement of Raffles City.

As we were fairly early, we got to choose our seats, so we took a table next to the front window. I think this served as a lamp at night, but it’s innovative to use this, which I don’t know a name for, as a lampshade.

And they also had the beeper device thingy that some F&B outlets are catching on in using these days. This looked rather DIY to me too.

View of the cafe interior from our vantage point. There is a separate seating area on the inside that uses glass for parts of the ceiling, which allows natural light to filter through for a brighter interior. I didn’t go in to check it out, but was told about it by my friend who went there before.

The menu isn’t very extensive, but they serve the usual cafe fare like sandwiches and breakfasts, and an assortment of pastries. Being a pastry person generally, I cannot resist them, so eventually after a bout of deliberation, I chose the spinach quiche. It isn’t a very big slice but is just sufficient to make you feel too overwhelmed with the egg.

My colleague ordered a sandwich, and this is how it looks. Two months down the road, I really cannot recall what was ordered, but it looks like mushroom and cheese with perhaps some ham? I thought the bread looked yummy, and the comments were that it’s not too bad, but as compared to the sandwich at Forty Hands, this paled somewhat, especially since sandwiches at Forty Hands come in a very generous portion!

And now for coffee. A flat white, and a cafe latte. I liked the little old school biscuits that came with the coffee, brings back nice childhood memories. Coffee was acceptable, but not as strong as Forty Hands. Sorry that I kept comparing Orange Thimble with Forty Hands, but since these are the only two cafes that I have visited in Tiong Bahru so far, I can’t help but one as a reference point.

Finally, we ordered the Hazelnut Dacquoise for dessert, which was really good! The chocolate was not sweet and it was so rich and sinful, perfect for sharing.

Food aside, I think this cafe is slightly bigger in terms of space, so they had the luxury of giving you a little more room between the tables and you don’t have to (over)hear the conversations of neighbouring tables. Forty Hands on the other hand, tends to get rather crammed since the layout of the cafe is narrow and longish, and with the lunch crowd, it gets a little warm and uncomfortable even though the place is air-conditioned.