Book cafes are one of the most under-appreciated cafes in Singapore and that makes The Reading Room really worth a mention. At one glance, you could see the countless books sitting on its tall book shelves, with comfortable cushioned and sofa seats beautifully arranged in this cosy space. A reading space by day, and a relaxing bar at night is what The Reading Room prides of. They offer a rather extensive menu, with some Spanish specialities amongst its selection. If you are looking for a quiet hideout with your book, this is where you should go to.
LOOK & FEEL
The decorations in the cafe resonates well with the ambience, somewhat mystical, somewhat unusual. I must say this cafe does have a character of its own, shown through some of its candid “warning signs” hung on various shelves.
You would be able to spot some decor that are aged or vintage, some that are cultural and Asian, and some, adorably misfit.
I really loved the tranquillity in this cafe.
FOOD & DRINKS
Even though this place isn’t a place for speciality coffee, my caffeine craving insisted I have a Cafe Latte. It was slightly too thin for my liking and the coffee taste was too faint.
One of the options for lunch was Chicken Snitzel, in more familiar terms, fried chicken cutlet coated in bread crumb. We thought the marination could be stronger as it didn’t carry too much taste, but it was well fried and it tasted better with some sauces. The potato salad at the side was pretty good too.
The Teriyaki Chicken did not disappoint. The chicken was tender and the sauce was delicious too. For just $14.80, you have a very decent meal with salad and a drink to come along.
Out of the three mains we ordered, the most impressive has to be their Aussie Burger with the Lot. The lot was indeed a crowd, sweet onion, fried egg, grilled pineapple, tomato and bacon – everything that would make a burger perfect. The medium-well done beef was very juicy and tender. Every bite was delightful.
We also had Fried Calamari as a side to go along. It was really fresh and springy, but it would have been better if the slicing was thinner for a comfortable bite.
When this was sent to us, we were captivated. Staring at this plate of enticing Antipasti, who wouldn’t be? You should have seen our faces when the waiter came back to us and said they had sent it to us wrongly.
IN A NUTSHELL
On the whole, I was very impressed with the interior of the cafe and I loved how they have created such a nice ambience with towering bookshelves and interesting knick knacks. Maybe we just didn’t manage to hit the nail on the head with our choices that day, but there is indeed room for improvement for its food and drinks. Otherwise, I would recommend this place for a relaxing escape and chill out with books, laptop or a friend.
The beautiful sight of the mix of olden and modern building.
Special thanks to The Reading Room for hosting us!
/ Photos taken with Nikon Coolpix P340 /