Monday, October 21, 2013

Literary Inspiration at The Little Prince Cafe

Hailed as the best book of the 20th century in France and also one of the most read and most translated novellas in the French language, The Little Prince is also one of the lions' favourite reads of all time. In fact, this little blog was partly inspired by this classic tale, with the lovely watercolour illustration of the whole lion tribe drawn by a talented friend. Just as the titular character loves his little planet, the lions leave their pawprints on this tiny island as they explore hidden nooks that conceal the best places to relax over a good cuppa and great bites.

So imagine their delight when they stumbled upon The Little Prince Cafe along Somme Road. This was somewhat tempered, at the same time, by the discovery that the unassuming Broers Cafe (usually doling out consistently good coffee) has ceased to exist along that quiet stretch of road.

The lions with their keen noses buried in their beloved books at home. 
They learn aphorisms such as "One sees clearly with the heart.
Anything essential is invisible to the eyes".
Revel in the deceptively simple wisdom and words of
Antoine de Saint-Exupery as you pore over different editions of the
classic tale in different languages (courtesy of the cafe).
The cafe is of such miniscule proportions that you start to wonder if
its size was inspired by the book as well. It's a tight squeeze with four tables
inside. Choose to sit by the breezy walkway if you want.
Doodles adorn the walls of the cafe.
Doodles crawl up the cooler too!
Smurfy Junior showing off products inspired by the book
that were on display. Not for sale though!
They spied a familiar character in the book. Is it a hat?
No silly, it's the boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Whew, elly manages
to escape here.
Cute Cute points to the exact page featuring the reptile
and the unfortunate mammal. The unfettered and creative
possibilities that a child imbues his drawings with are deemed
  of little value by insipid adults.
Rose Latte (with caffeine). Choose the non-caffeinated
version for a drink in cheery pink. This cuppa tastes
like a mixture of the local Bandung drink and coffee.
Serious coffee drinkers need not be scandalised;
choose from the usual, less adventurous list of latte,
cappuccino, flat white, long black, etc.
The normal latte is robust and full-bodied, making this
joint a mecca for indulging in that good cup of java as well.
Chicken Yakitori Sticks. Hmm skip this and pick the ....
Ham and Cheese Toastie instead.
Or you might want to catch the main star coming fresh
off the oven. Umami Scones with crunchy seaweed bits!
Yummy to the max!
Try other items from the illustrated menu board above the counter.
You are never alone with a good book in hand!
The lion agrees.

Here is our review for The Little Prince Cafe:
Coffee Quality: 8.0 pawprints out of 10
Food Quality: 7.0 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 6.5 pawprints out of 10

The Little Prince Cafe
62 Somme Road
Singapore 207877

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