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Vanilla Bar & Café

16 April 2010

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.

Vanilla Smoothie

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.

Pumpkin Croquette

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.

Very good.

$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.

Additional Comment
1-for-1 house pours and draft beers from 4-8pm.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

13 Foodie Comments:

Anonymous said...

nice photos! i like. =) makes me hungry even tho i just had dinner!

April 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM
sweelin_07 said...

the molten chocolate cake looks really really good!!!!!! i envy your foodie lifestyle harris! ;)

April 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM
*Harris said...

zaylene: thank you, i thought some of the pics were overexposed actually haha :)

sweelin: aww don't envy me, it's fun eating but i'm awfully lazy burning off the extra calories haha!

oh, about the molten choc cake, i suggest you try laurent bernard's choc souffle or ricciotti's soffiato, since there's more... "flow" :)

April 16, 2010 at 10:45 PM
ice said...

vanilla is no longer "just plain vanilla"... vanilla is bella bella vanilla. (:

What's even better is the after-lunch 6 power yummies.

April 16, 2010 at 10:46 PM
*Harris said...


April 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM
lianchiu said...

i just walked past this place yesterday! hmmm wanna try it! :D

April 17, 2010 at 7:12 AM
*Harris said...

hello lian chiu :)

yeap, there's 1-for-1 house pours and draft beers 4-8pm daily for you to unwind as well!

April 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM
sweelin_07 said...

I tried the chocolate souffle from the chocolate factory be4 too! love it! awesome good quality chocolate therapy. but i think it's kinda overly priced though =(

April 19, 2010 at 1:18 AM
*Harris said...

You're right about the price sweelin, a bit over the top. But it has good flow. I'm always on the lookout for good soffiato/lava cake/choc souffle. Let me know more good ones ya? :)

April 19, 2010 at 1:28 AM
Xinli said...

O.o the recent reviews about this place makes it so tempting.

looks like a nice place for some comfort food and a good chat.

April 19, 2010 at 1:49 AM
*Harris said...

Small, but cosy :)

Simple, but pleasant enough food :)

April 19, 2010 at 1:53 AM
Jean said...

Awesome photos! I saw that their doing a 3 course dinner deal on Voucherwow. Looks really good!

May 26, 2010 at 7:54 PM
*Harris said...

Hello Jean :) Wow, what voucher website is this, I took a look and it's very interesting!

May 26, 2010 at 9:35 PM

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