As smooth as the name sounds, this cafe — which can be admired through the window from the busy street where it is located — remains a peaceful spot in which to sample a large selection of drinks and cakes. This may be a reflection of the owner Yun Lukas, a person with style, creativity and originality, who has brought together his inspiration and his experience from around the globe to create Vanilla & Butter.
The creator of this Japanese-style and simple-looking café developed his passion for baking during his childhood and hasn’t let go of it since. As a result, as well as working at a fashion company, he has written a few cookbooks and opened this sophisticated bakery-café with help from his sister.
The menu contains an appealing variety of drinks such as coffees, frappuccinos, teas, smoothies and sodas. The moment I saw the words ‘coconut coffee’ on the board, I knew what I was going to order. And it was certainly worth it. A beautiful long glass containing just both the right amount of iced coffee and the right amount of coconut milk, it was a one-way ticket to heaven with some coconut tips and coffee beans as topping.
Be advised that it may take you a while to get away from the counter after checking out and salivating at all their gorgeous-looking cakes. There are just so many options to indulge in. In a close decision, I chose the pistachio and coffee cake and the red velvet cake.
The cakes looked so beautiful that it was hard to imagine despoiling them with a fork, but I overcame this feeling and dug in. The cake was impressively tender, smooth and spongy, but perhaps lacking a bit of intense flavour. But I’m sure I will have more opportunities to stare at that counter again and fulfil my mission of finding the best cake of all. — Natalia Martinez
Vanilla & Butter is at 51 Tran Quoc Toan, Q3, HCMC