Review: The Book Cafe

Mr M and I spent a lazy afternoon in The Book Cafe – him chilling with his iPad and me poring over the latest copy of Nail Up! magazine (not that it’s available here – I’d purchased it earlier from Kinokuniya). We loved the concept of The Book Cafe and it was high on our must-visit list. Here’s how they describe themselves:

The Book Café was formed to provide a great chill-out place for its guests with its relaxing, casual and cosy atmosphere. The indoor dining area resembled a large living room with big inviting sofas, soft lights and book shelves to complement its intimate interior that allows guests to dine-in with comfort. Al-fresco dining is also available in The Book Café.

Well-equipped with a huge array of magazines, electrical power-points for laptop users, foreign and local newspapers, free wireless access and a photocopier, our café have became a hot-spot for students as well as professional occupation personnel. All-Day breakfast are also offered in our café, providing delicious and sumptuous breakfasts to those who wished to wake up slightly later than usual!

Located at the Martin Road which is away from the hustle and bustle of the
city, The Book Café is just the right place to hold your for first dates, chill-out sessions, families’ gatherings and even business lunches.

The Book Cafe has three different seating areas to cater to different preferences – there’s outdoor dining, and as for indoor dining, there’s a section with the usual tables and chairs, and a super section with coffee tables and comfy sofas. No prizes for guessing correctly which one we opted for!

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Having had lunch a little earlier, we settled for some light bites. I ordered a pumpkin soup that came with toasted bread.

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Looks pretty, doesn’t it? I ordered it because I wanted to try something new (my first time having pumpkin soup!), but unfortunately for me, I found it too sour and left it mostly untouched.

Mr M had much better luck with ordering a Shibuya Toast topped with bananas, nuts, ice cream and whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was perfectly toasted, crisp at the edges but soft in the middle.

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I also ordered my favourite tea (Earl Grey). It came prettily packaged like this:

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However… I didn’t like it much. As far as Earl Grey blends go, this was pretty bland and lacked the distinctive bergamot flavouring. Disappointing!

I really really like chilling in The Book Cafe, so Mr M and I are definitely going there to give their all-day breakfast menu a try and I am going to try their other drinks (no more Earl Grey for me here!).

The Book Cafe
#01-02, 20 Martin Road S(239070)
Seng Kee Building, Robertson Quay

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday 8:30am to 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday 8:30am to 12:30 midnight

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