Iced Matcha Espresso at Zall Bookstore

If you every walk past Wheelock Place along Orchard Road, you’ll notice a massive space stacked with books.

Zall Bookstore is a two-storey book cafe with over 30,000 books.

The minimalistic cafe is opened by Yan Zhi, a Chinese billionaire. On the first floor, you’ll find the cafe counter with a small selection of cakes and drinks. Meanwhile, the second floor houses an art gallery. Books comprising of history, philosophy and literature can be found on both floors, and are free for diners to read.

Iced Matcha Espresso at Zall Bookstore

Aside from espresso-based drinks, which ranges between $4-8, Zall Bookstore also offers Iced Matcha Espresso ($8.5) and Vanilla Espresso ($8.5).

When I first featured Zall Bookstore a year ago, I described their Iced Matcha Espresso as ‘soloists in a brawl’. It was as fascinating as it sounds, and was one of the best matcha drinks in Singapore, as the astringency of the matcha and boldness of the espresso fights for the audience’s attention.

Recently, we were greeted with disappointment. The drink, while delightfully sweet, tasted flat. Zall Bookstore had opted for a different brand of matcha powder that is pre-sweetened. Not only was it deprived of its natural flavor, the skewered sugar level overwhelmed the undertones of the espresso.

Meanwhile, its Vanilla Espresso had a strong kick, which was accentuated by the floral sweetness of the vanilla. However, we’re unsure if its recipe had undergone any changes, just like the Iced Matcha Espresso did.

Location: 261 Waterloo St, #01-24, Singapore 180261
Tel: +65 6232 7550
Opening hours: 10am- 10pm

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