Popular Bookstore opens a café. Yes, the same Popular Bookstores where hungry, I mean kiasu parents hunt down assessment books and 10-years series for their adolescent to get a head-start of their successful life. Popular was my ‘saviour’ in that way too. (Won’t have cleared my Os and As without you, Popular!)
Epilogue Café within Prologue (at Level 4 Ion) provides a completely different vibe – quiet surroundings, lovely music, view of Orchard Road, artistic lights made of recycled books. Overall, a very cosy corner to read a book, drink a cup of cuppa or have casual business lunches.
In fact when I was there during a public holiday, the directors of Popular were having a lunch meeting there. Talk about working hard.
This new café concept offers not only gourmet coffee and cakes, but a plethora of Italian food selections such as soups, sandwiches and pastas.
Epilogue brings in a slight Asian twist to its special menu. I had a Rendang Chicken Set Meal ($11.90) which is really quite an interesting and workable combination with huge chicken chunks marinated in a sweet spicy rendang sauce topped on spaghetti. Thumbs up for this. The drink is an Iced Singapore Sling sans the alchohol.
The Ultimate Beef Meatballs Pasta ($13) on the reverse is quite blah – dry beefballs and ordinary tomato sauce. But I should probably discount the fact that this is the assemble-and-microwave kind of café, with 2 staff in total when I was there.
If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, find a quiet spot to wind down, or read E.L. James while having a sweet and moist red velvet cake, Epilogue Café is the place. You even get a free book for spending above $16 here.
There must be a sign somewhere that says “Do not study” but I guess people are ignoring it.
Epilogue Café ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #04-16 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 (Orchard MRT), Tel:+65 6465 1477
Opens daily: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Branch: #06-01/02/03 Orchard Central