They say “tough time never last, only tough people do.”

How about Rough Guys?

One of the founders of the new coffee house near Maxwell MRT station and Chinatown is someone you might already be familiar with – he was the co-founder of Beng Who Cooks, which had just recently closed for good.

He went from Hong Lim hawker stall, fusion restaurant, to the current hipster café.

South Bridge Road is no stranger to cafes, with popular spots like September Coffee and Grids Coffee & Bar also along the road.

The new addition to this line-up is Rough Guys Coffee. It has a fierce ring to it. Rest assured though, as the founders put it, don’t let the name fool you – they are genuine and friendly.

His new partner is an experienced barista previously from Kurasu; the duo makes a good pairing.

To find the café, you have to head to the Level 2 of 214A South Bridge Road (near the iconic Sri Mariamman Temple).

The interior of the cafe is very aesthetic, to put it simply. There is a long concrete counter on and behind which the magic happens.

The rest of the space has unadorned round tables and stone-like stools for diners to gather around.

As the café has just sprung into existence, their focus now still remains on coffee.

A cup of Black ($5, $6), pulled from their premium Synesso Espresso Machine, carry delicately smooth nutty notes.

As do the White ($6, $7), where the addition of milk changes the dimension of the coffee altogether. The beans used are a single origin sourced from Mexico, with tasting notes of dark chocolate and brown sugar.

On the filter coffee side, the Kurasu ($8.50, $9) is a collaboration with Kurasu Coffee, another coffee house down at Waterloo Street.

The washed beans are from Kenya, with tasting notes of Kyoho grapes and dark berries.

There used to be an Egg Mayo Foccacia ($14), but that appears to have been taken off the menu.

At the same time, Rough Guys Coffee got a contemporary bakery Yeast Side to provide them with some bakes to go with the coffee.

Look for their Croissant ($5), which is a particular specialty of theirs. Banana Bread ($5) and Brownie ($5) are the sweet goods if that is what you want.

The savoury Scallion Scone ($6) is your other alternative.

A place for an afternoon coffee run and quiet time.

Rough Guys Coffee
214A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058763
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

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* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.


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