After a few incredibly hot hours wandering around Lamma Island, there were just two things that I wanted: air con and food. My friend and I chanced upon Bookworm Cafe on our way back to the pier and decided to have a quick pit-stop for tea. With its colourful vegetarian food and relaxing settings, Bookworm was a nice place to wind down and chill after a sunny day out, but portion sizes could have been more generous.
Stepping into the cafe, you’ll realise where its name comes from. Shelves piled with books line the entire side of one wall (I even saw a copy of Harry Potter!), and the ambience is cosy, if not a little bit dim, even on the exceptionally sunny day that we were there.
We first ordered the “wholesome” tofu burger– as you can see from the photo below, the patty is pretty tiny compared to the bun- in fact, around 70% of the burger is just the bun and some veggies. The tofu patty was nicely seasoned but like I said, portions could have been a lot more generous, especially as tofu isn’t a particularly exotic or expensive food in Hong Kong! Compared to previous photos that I’ve seen of the burger , the patty has definitely shrunk in size…which is disappointing.
That being said, I did enjoy the crispy potato wedges and the side salad. There was a vinaigrette dressing placed on each table that you could use to accompany the salad which was sweet, tangy and super addictive- I think I may have used around half the bottle in total!
The veggie chicken nuggets were delicious, with a crispy outer layer and chewy interior. Obviously you shouldn’t expect them to taste like actual chicken nuggets but the texture is quite similar and the nuggets are flavourful, especially when you combine them with the fresh tomato sauce on the side.
My made to order apple, ginger and lemon juice was super refreshing, and I enjoyed the sweetness of the apples, tartiness of the lemon and the spicy kick from the ginger. Overall, if you’re looking for a place to relax in Lamma Island,Bookworm Café is a convenient choice, and the juices and nuggets are a great pick-me-up. However, I much preferred my vegetarian meal at Green Cottage, and so if you’re thinking of which vegetarian joint to go to during your time at Lamma, I’d definitely recommend the latter, where the portions are a lot more generous, and also because they offer a wider variety of choices in their menu.
79 Yung Shue Wan Main St, Lamma Island