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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

HKG: Bookworm Café

Read and indulge in organic vegetarian food!

I have to apologise to Bookworm Café for overlooking the set of pictures I took when I had my brunch there. Thankfully, I realised that last night. Tucked in a small street in Yung Shue Wan village in Lamma Island (despite the name being Yung Shue Wan Main Street), the humble café serves organic vegetarian food, and is popular among the expatriates.


As the name suggests, the café has a line of bookshelves full of various kinds of books for your reading pleasure. Sit back, relax and read while waiting for your food to come. By the way, while the café doesn't use any kinds of meat in its cooking, it uses dairy products in some of the dishes.

I ordered two different sets the other day. On of them was the Shepherdess Pie and Salad Set priced at HK$75.00 (~S$12.50) which came with a bowl of soup of the day.


Soup of the Day (Set Menu)
Taste: 7.5/10

The soup of the day was cabbage and cauliflower soup, served with garlic bread. Served warm, the soup wasn't that thick, but creamy enough for such consistency. It was pretty aromatic, and it tasted mildly salty. The garlic bread ought to have more garlic bits on it.


Shepherdess Pie and Salad (Set Menu)
Taste: 8/10

Frankly speaking, it didn't look that appetising when the dish arrived, but it was pretty addictive. Organic lentils and various beans were cooked in herby tomato sauce, then baked with mashed potatoes which were pretty smooth and creamy. I could also taste cheddar cheese, although there wasn't much of it, I guess. The salad was fresh. Pika's advice: Don't forget to pour the awesome homemade dressing made of olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic and herbs onto your salad. Request for it if you don't see it on your table!

The other set was the Eggs Orlando Set priced at HK$65.00 (~S$10.80) which came with a cup of organic coffee or tea.


Eggs Orlando (Set Menu)
Taste: 8/10

The scrambled eggs were cooked without any condiments, so I added a bit of salt and pepper give them a bit of flavour. They were smooth and by themselves not entirely creamy, but made creamier with the addition of avocado bits. I really enjoyed the veggie sausage slices which were crispy and flavourful, as well as the bagel which was toasted till crunchy without being thoroughly dry. The baked beans were those commonly found in supermarkets, I believe.


Organic Coffee (Set Menu)
Taste: 8/10

I have no idea what type of coffee they used, but boy, it was pretty strong! A good cup of coffee indeed to keep me alert during the trek across the island afterwards.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8/10
Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall: 8/10

While the café is small, I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere as there weren't that many people the other day. I could even hear the couple a few tables away conversing in French even though they spoke softly, and it was certainly peaceful to eat my brunch while listening to the occasional chirping of birds outside.

Bookworm Café

79 Yung Shue Wan Main Street
Lamma Island
Hong Kong
(Fri-Wed: 10.00am - 9.00pm)


*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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