Vanilla Bar & Cafe along Boon Tat Street is one of those charming little places that offers you a brief but much welcomed respite from not only the hustle and bustle of working life but also from the tormenting elements of the weather, be it the scorching sun or the pouring rain. This is also the perfect place if you want your little corner for a cosy lunch, even more so if you have the company of a wonderful companion like I did.
Let's just call my companion Ms Val, since we're after all at Vanilla Bar & Cafe, and also since vanilla is no longer "just plain vanilla" but is all hip and sexy again what with all the fawning over vanilla bean ice-creams and vanilla custard puddings. Here, the both of us naturally chose the Vanilla Smoothie, which to me didn't quite qualify as a smoothie per se because I've always associated it with fruity ice-blends instead. Not that either of us was complaining about our vanilla milkshakes, no, in fact it was so rich and creamy that it was a pleasant accompaniment to the meal.
Ask me what you should pair creamy milkshakes with and I'd tell you, add more sin and decadence to that and let's go for something deep-fried baby. The Pumpkin Croquettes were nicely battered and fried to a lovely golden-brown, and was all crisp on the outside and soft and smooth on the inside.
Pan-Fried Udon with Chicken
If you like simplicity, the Pan-Fried Udon with Chicken would do well with you. Shreds of lightly fried chicken cutlets line the top of a sizeable portion of thick and chewy pan-fried udon, with tasty teriyaki sauce for added flavour.
Norwegian Smoked Salmon & Egg Mayo Sandwich
Ms Val enjoyed her simple but well-prepared Norwegian Smoked Salmon & Egg Mayo Sandwich as well, though there were definitely more ingredients put together for her sandwich as compared to my udon dish. A hearty enough portion for lunch.
Molten Chocolate Cake with French Vanilla Ice-Cream
Even with the fuss over vanilla beans, the cool and smooth French Vanilla Ice-Cream still fared decently when matched with the hot and rich Molten Chocolate Cake. The disappointment came when the cake was pried open, as the chocolate sauce refused to spill out in flowing beauty and instead stuck out slowly in a semi-coagulated... slush. Nevertheless, it was good enough chocolate to wrap up a lovely lunch in a sweet way.
$5.90 for the vanilla smoothie
$4.90 for the pumpkin croquette
$9.90 for the pan-fried udon with chicken
$7.90 for the norwegian smoked almon & egg mayo sandwich
$10.90 for the molten chocolate cake with french vanilla ice-cream
* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.
3 Boon Tat Street #01-01.
1-for-1 house pours and draft beers from 4-8pm.
Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.