[Bangkok, Updated Nov 2017] Entering Vanilla Garden is like going in a rich man’s mansion. A fountain surrounded by greens and three separate buildings.
Located at Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai 12) which is considered a café hotspot, a library, bake-house and Japanese style café sit in the premises.
The front is a bakeshop, dressed in vintage factory fashion with an open baking room.
Don’t worry, there’s isn’t a heavy smell of the baked goods.
You must have The Ring Original (320 baht, SGD$13.15) – Vanilla’s signature croissant doughnut topped with homemade ice cream surrounded by a layer of caramel, siting in a pool of vanilla custard sauce.
Irresistible, possibly one of the best desserts I have eaten at one of these Bangkok’s hipster cafes.
The Ring (not related to that Japanese Sadako movie) also came in Salty Caramel (320 baht, SGD$13.15) and Bacon Maple (320 baht, SGD$13.15) flavours.
The prices were increased from the 280 baht the last I visited though.
There were other recommended desserts such as the Dark Chocolate Self Saucing Cake (340 baht, SGD$14) – moist chocolate cake with chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries, or Marshmallow Lava (340 baht, SGD$14) – made from Blonde Valrhona Chocolate baked with marshmallow and macadamia nuts.
A Big Breakfast (550 baht, SGD$22.60) included scrambled eggs or omelette to pair with ltalian sausage, smoked ham, bacon, pancakes, yoghurt with fresh fruits and a cup of hot tea or coffee. Not cheap.
I would recommend The Ring Breakfast (370 baht, SGD$15.20) which interestingly included Croissant Doughnut – similar to the cronut, with scrambled eggs, bacon, and smoked sausage.
Served in a pan, it was the creamy yet not too rich bechamel sauce that made a difference, while wiping the gravy clean with the fluffy cronut dough.
At the back is the Japanese-themed Vanilla Café, a low-rise house filled with Japanese comics and vintage toys. So elegantly gorgeous.
Contemporary Italian and Japanese fusion cuisine such as sushi, salad, pasta, Japanese rice and Udon dishes is served, along with Japanese style dessert such as Nutella Strawberry Crepe, Red Bean Crepe, Strawberry Daifuku or Kinako Dangko.
53 Ekamai Soi 12, Sukhumvit Soi 63 10110, 10110, Thailand
Tel: 02 381 6120
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Google Maps – Vanilla Garden