Vanilla Cafe

Filed Under (coffee, dessert, food, western) by rinnah on 06-08-2012

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I had no idea about the existence of Vanilla Cafe until my colleague told me about this “must-try” cafe that was pretty near our office. As it turns out, I’d been going to the coffeeshop just 2 doors away to pack my economy rice lunch every week without knowing it!

So on a humid and rainy Friday afternoon, we made our way to Boon Tat Street to check out Vanilla Cafe.

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Vanilla Cafe is tucked away in a small row of shophouses, facing the green lung area just behind the mosque at the intersection of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street (see the Google map below for exact location). No wonder then that I’d passed by it before without really noticing it.

The cafe is popular with the working people in the area, if the crowd I saw throughout my meal there is anything to go by. Both the indoor and outdoor dining areas (an open space in the middle of the shophouse) were packed from about 12.20pm onwards and if you arrived later than that you wouldn’t be able to get a seat without reservation in advance.

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I decided to go with the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Egg Mayo sandwich (SGD 9.90) which was recommended on the menu and on several online reviews of the cafe. The ciabatta bread was nice, not too thick and lightly grilled. The smoked salmon overpowered the egg mayo filling though and overall, the result was a good, but not fantastic sandwich. It was served with a side of salad leaves and a light dressing of oil and vinegar.

For SGD 1.80, you can top-up and get a choice of house-blend coffee or tea or soft drink. For SGD 2.80, you can top-up for the soup of the day.

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Since it was raining quite heavily by the time I finished my sandwich, I decided an order of dessert wouldn’t hurt and tried the mini brownies with french vanilla ice cream (SGD 9.50). The ice cream you get is originally rum and raisin, but since that’s not really my favourite flavour, I asked them to switch it to french vanilla. The brownie and ice cream combination was again nothing new, except that Vanilla Cafe’s brownie had a rather crisp edge – as if it had maybe been left in the oven a tad too long.

Overall, foodwise Vanilla Cafe is pretty average for me. Maybe I’d set my hopes up too high after reading some good reviews online. The other thing that was a bit of a downer for me as well was the space/layout of the cafe as well. In order to maximise space, the tables toward the front of the shophouse were quite packed together and it got rather distracting every time a server walked up and down the narrow aisle with drinks and food for other tables.

I might go back for a return visit, but not anytime soon and definitely not during the lunch hour rush.

Vanilla Cafe
3 Boon Tat Street #01-01
Singapore 069612
Tel : +65-6423 0366
Web :
There is a 10% service charge.

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