The Reading Room: Singapore’s Local Café + Bar + Resto Well Worth Revisiting

Saturday, March 19, 2016 0 Comments

The Reading Room, Outram Park 

Actions speak louder than words.
This adage is worn out for a very good reason: it’s true. And even for lawyers, who are very good with words, taking rightful actions are even more powerful. Take for instance the very antagonistic protagonist Annalise Keating, or the very ultra alpha Harvey Specter. But, in real life, such is Jake Folkoff from Singapore.

Jake is this unruffled bibliophile lawyer-turned-entrepreneur. He has originally set his eyes for a life of a lawyer in Singapore; but later on, he took the giant leap of faith from the board room to the reading room, when he decided to go full throttle with his rousing dream. He is the owner of The Reading Room, a café - bar - resto in Outram Park. He came up with an intellectually cool and timeless hangout place, good for anytime, any occasion, anything fit for a bibliotheca setting.

I’ve visited this café a couple of years back, and I’ve revisited a few times since then. It certainly is one of those unpretentious yet charming rooms that could rival any go-to place or any local favorite in Europe. The Reading Room has created and maintained this mood that is conducive for solitary hideouts and social show offs for anyone. It has all the right chill music, comfort, and cleanliness.

Food is a soul of a café”, as Jake would put it, and true to his words, the skill and accuracy of the food and drinks are total killers – you will be sentenced for a life of addiction when you try their signatures. It may look like a room full of books, but if you’re a regular of this place, it becomes more like a room full of stories. Must try: Trr’s fluffy portobello omelette, deep fried mashrooms, tiger prawns in olive oil, steak and eggs, himalayan salt coffee.

I am in no way a coffee expert, but I am taking rightful action to come up with these words worthy of such sanction. The Reading Room is not all about daily inspirations, but more so on the total customer service and experience you are guaranteed to get from trying out this place. No wonder they have a lot of regulars, be it for special events, meet ups, hang outs, and all night diasporas.

As an add-on, here’s a quick and easy written Q&A from The Reading Room’s owner himself.
What inspired the name “The Reading Room”?
Jake: BookCafe.. like a library

If you were a customer in your own cafe, what would you order from the menu?

Jake: Our burgers or steak & fries with our coffee!!

Describe The Reading Room in three words - 
Jake: quirky, unique, homely

Aside from running your business, what are some personal hobbies or local activities that you enjoy?
Jake: Sports

What advice would you give to someone who is dreaming of opening their own cafe business? 
Jake: get experience working in the food and beverage industry (at least 4-5 years) before trying!

Address: 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 0898333
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed, Sun 11:00 am – 11:30 pm, Thu – Sat 11:00 am – 1:30 am

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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