Discount bookshop selling Japanese home cooked meals16 October, 2010 by Chad
Bon Gout is a hidden gem that has been providing Japanese meals with a homely touch since 1997. Located at the Quayside, Robertson Quay, this quaint bookshop/cafe combo occupies a peaceful spot overlooking the Singapore River. It is truly unique in that Robertson Quay is also one of the last places you’d expect to find affordably priced food in Singapore. You won’t find any of the local nonsense called GST or service charges here.
Bon Gout is a two in one hole in the wall cafe and budget bookstore. They sell Japanese books here at discounted prices and in exchange, patrons are free to grab any books off the shelf to read while enjoying a meal. As such Bon Gout is a great place to chill out on a lazy day and the cafe has evolved into a comfort place for families, couples as well as singles staying nearby.
It has definitely become a favorite hangout of my own and the photos here have been compiled from multiple visits.
The friendly Japanese lady who opened the cafe boasts a repertoire of 400 different recipes. However, her most confident dish and Bon Gout’s specialty is the curry rice. The basic beef curry costs just $10 but is worth well more than its price. The home made curry sauce is chocked full of different spices and is far tastier than the pre-made ones you find elsewhere.
The Maguro-Zuke above was soaked in soy sauce to make it tastier. It had the unusual side effect of expanding the tuna and giving it an unusual powdery texture though.
The owner rotates her hundreds of other recipes on a daily basis. She posts the schedule of the week’s offerings on a cork board near the entrance. During our last visit, Yan tried the day’s special: a Seafood Donburi Set consisting of chiraishi sushi, tempura, fresh greens and miso soup. It was fabulous. I was envious.
Bon Gout also offers some home made sweets, such as ice cream, parfaits, mochi and anmitsu. So far I’ve tried their matcha ice cream and coffee jelly with ice cream. Both were nice.
The matcha ice cream had a texture like finely shaved ice.
The coffee jelly was really concentrated but is thankfully juxtaposed with the vanilla ice cream.
Just writing this post has made me hungry. If you’re interested, look below for how to get there.
60 Robertson Quay, #01-01 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
14:30 – 18:00 (Beef Curry Rice & Beverages Only)
18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
21:30 (Last Order)
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