I am not generally a complete sucker for gimmicks. BUT.
In Suntec City, a colossal, scrupulously modern shopping complex in Singapore, there lie the fruits of the labour of sheer genius. Behold, the Food Republic: a Singaporean hawker center made to look like a library.
This is clearly a ploy: it is a pernicious, utterly unholy conspiracy to make me spend all my time and money eating there, despite the fact that it is 45 minutes by bus from where I live, on the other side of the island, and despite the fact that everything selling there is about 20% more expensive than your standard hawker fare.
Authentic library lamps!!!!! 1 bazillion points for effort. The only thing that arrests my irrational lust, which mingles uncertainly with my more general lust for hawker food, is that the books are, alas, not real:
even when they are, in fact, three dimensional —
Still, is it too much to ask that more restaurants cater in similarly imaginative ways to the violently rapturous bibliophiles among us? If you live in Singapore, I exhort you to go. If you visit Singapore, I will escort you myself. Any excuse.
NB: This is a largely aesthetic experience. The food is not the best you can get in Singapore, but that’s not saying much, since it is, after all, Singapore. If you want real food, you want to visit Kuala Lumpur.