Marks & Spencer Cafe

Step aside Muji and IKEA, another overseas pedigree department store just rolled out a proper sit-down cafe on its premises. This time, it’s the oh-so-English Marks & Spencer space at Wheelock Place, a global first for the brand. M&S, already famous for its clothing and accessories line, is especially beloved for its range of food, wine and snacks, so it was only a matter of time before they capitalized on the cafe trend.

With this 60-seater café, take a break from the hustle and bustle of work and have a pot of tea, with a freshly baked scone that comes with butter and jam ($5.90). The offerings are pretty expected, but you can get yourself a hearty English meal like the classic fish and chips ($14.90) or the king prawn linguine ($15.90), or sate your random hunger pangs with a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches priced between $5.90-16.90. But if you’re looking for something sweeter, they also have the triple layer Victoria cake ($6.90) and a steamed chocolate sponge cake served with ice cream ($8.90).

Now, other cafes in this vein have been more about the novelty value than the actualy good noms, but we’re cautiously optimistic that M&S will outdo its predecessors.

More info here.