If I tell you that we are going to a bookstore in Orchard, you will probably think of Kinokuniya, right?

Instead, I am talking about a new bookstore chain in Wisma Atria that just opened at Level 4, right next to Food Republic.

BookXcess is a bookstore from Malaysia planted within OCBC Bank, and the space also houses Crane Living which sells lifestyle accessories, and Orange Mocha Café.

Yes, I am there for a café which is a cute hideout among the shelves of books, done in a white-minimalist style.

And as not many people know of this place yet (even as next door Food Republic, Din Tai Fung, and Koh Grill & Sushi Bar can all get really packed), this can make a short ‘escape from the hustle-and-bustle of town.

The few times I visited, it was usually relatively empty to enjoy a quiet moment and me-time.

Occupying an area on its own, the concept of the café is similar to those that exist in every library. After you are done with all the reading and flipping, take a seat with them to recharge.

There are plenty of seats available, with a pearly white aesthetic that fits in nicely with the overall theme of the level. As far as the menu goes, most of what is available are best for a light snack.

The cafe serves up all day brunch set not the conventional form – available in 3 items set ($14.98), 5 items set ($22.98) and 7 items set ($28.98) which will be good for sharing.

Say if you select a 3 Items Brunch Set ($14.98), you get a choice of greens, carbs and protein.

The carbs include Furikake Rice, Garlic Fried Rice, Mentaiko Pasta, Cha Soba, Aglio Olio, Focaccia; while the Protein has Japanese Chicken Curry, Chicken Teriyaki, Salmon Teriyaki, Unagi Kabayaki, and Crispy Salmon Katsu.

Seems rather Japanese-style.

I had the Mentaiko Pasta, Japanese Chicken Curry, and Mixed Salad with Goma Dressing, which came in a Muji Café-ish presentation.

While the Mentaiko Pasta was rather ‘basic’ and nothing much to shout about, the Japanese Curry came warm with tender chunks of chicken meat. Nothing too elaborate at the end of the day.

There are also other brunch items of Eggs Benedict with Chips ($15) with quintessential hollandaise, and slices of bacon in ciabatta.

The crunchy potato chips seem to be from packaged brands though. That aside, this could be rather filling to have on your own.

The sliced cakes such as Carrot Cake, Oreo Cheese, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Blueberry Cheese, to Double Chocolate Cake ($8.50 per slice); and pastries such as Pain Au Chocolate ($4.80) and Butter Croissant ($3.80) are up for grabs.

Round it off with a nice cup of coffee, like their signature Orange Mocha ($6.50). The chocolatey coffee with notes of orange is a tried-and-tested formula, and who could say no to this?

Other concoctions also take the coffee with almost dessert-like flavours. Enjoy some Toffee Nut Latte ($6.50), Salted Caramel Latte ($6.50), and even Lavender Latte ($6.50), if you wish.

Orange Mocha Café is great for a weekend outing with friends down Orchard Road for a quiet time.

The perks of going down in a group is their brunch sets, catered specially for groups of three and above.

Orange Mocha Café
Wisma Atria #04-01, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: 11am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sun)

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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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