[Updated] Three Hands has moved to One Marina Boulevard.
Three Hands Coffee are of no relation to third wave coffee invader 40 Hands, though the confusion is inevitable. “We have 3 owners”, revealed co-owner Karen Lim.
You won’t expect any obvious hipster café ID – no eclectic furniture, no exposed pipes, no drinks served in jugs, no lone bicycles hanging around. (And little social media presence.)
Instead you get comfy green seats (we liked the corner where 3 friends can sit comfortably) and shelves with books of wine.
The three of us ‘older’ folks thought that while the cafe was not ‘hip’, the ambience it presents quite suitable for people our age to relax and chit-chat the afternoon away.
The other meaning for Three Hands – they take one hand for coffee, one hand for pastries and one hand for wine.
Coffee beans are sourced from Oriole (the barista Benjamin used to be from Oriole as well), with the usual standards like Espresso ($4), Cappuccino ($5), Latte ($5), Mocha ($6.00) with the iced versions costing $6-$7.
Coffee was smooth, balanced, mild, without that strong kick.
As it is a small and new outfit, food selection can be limited such as simple pastries, home-made granola yogurt and eggs benedict. (I am a fan of eggs ben, but I also think there is too much of that going on already.)
Karen recommended us a Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream. Though first impressions wasn’t great (it didn’t flow like we wished to), the batter tasted soft enough, with rich chocolate that wasn’t overly heavy-going or sweet. A pleasant surprise.
While there are some limitations to space, my suggestion is for Three Hands to find a stronger identify and find that one or two food items that can really sell. Perhaps it can use some inspirations from the wine academy.
Three Hands Coffee
One Marina Boulevard OMB B1-04/05 Singapore 589825
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm, 9am – 5pm