Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The inspiring and irreverent Travelling Gourmet TM finds a quiet nook far from the…
MADDING crowd where one can eat, drink and relax over a good book or two. This is The Reading Room which is a Cafe/Wine Bar and also a Library of sorts where you can select a book to read from the many that surround you or bring your own book. The mismatch of eclectic furniture gives this place an eccentric air and antique Analog telephones abound. It is a cosy place and in the inner sanctum which I call the VIP Lounge, there is even a dart board which I like to use for target practice Ha! Ha!
Foodwise, this is no haute cuisine Michelin Star restaurant but I do appreciate the BLT Sandwich which is a hot toasted Ciabatta bread with melted Cheese and a Ham slice and Lettuce inside..and it is served with a small side salad of mixed Greens with Vinaigrette dressing. Suprisingly filling, it is tasty too and just the thing when you want a light lunch. I like to have it with a Cafe Latte or two. The Menus are converted from old Children’s Fairy Tales…most amusing. For dessert, Buttermilk Pancakes with Pear poached in Chianti Wine satisfies. On weekends, breakfast is also served.
Another dish I like is the Spanish style Algondigas meat balls with a glass of robust red wine or two…surrounded by one of the things I love a lot…books. The Owner/Manager is Jacob, a Singaporean who is an amiable Eurasian Jew. His Grandfather emigrated to the USA from Poland to escape the Nazis.
The Reading Room
19, Bukit Pasoh Road