[CAFE ADVENTURES] @ Basho Cafe
I’ll admit I’ve been doing a lot of new-and-upcoming-vancouver-restaurant stalking lately and I came across Basho Cafe a few weeks ago when it caught my eye as a family run Japanese cafe (there aren’t that many in Vancouver). I’ve literally been counting the days for this little establishment to open its doors so it’s to no surprise that I jumped right to it when I got off class today.
Let me just stop right here and say that the moment I stepped into Basho, it was love at first sight.
Upon arriving, I realized how cute and homey this place is. It’s snug and caters to a variety of cafe seating enthusiasts: those who like comfy couches, those who like conventional restaurant seating, those who like wooden communal tables, and those who like bar seats that face the street (like me!). I hear that everything (even the furniture) is home made. The cash register looks pretty rad too- I’ve never seen a register with a polished wood case.
I intended to just stop by for a light snack so I ordered the Afternoon Set (which is only available after 2pm). It includes a matcha latte with an assortment of little Japanese sweets for a total of $5.25. I loved how the latte was served in a large wooden cup, perfect for wrapping both my cold hands around to help keep them warm. I hate it when places make matcha artificially sweet.. I mean matcha is supposed to be matcha, right? Basho does it right and keeps the natural earthy taste without overwhelming the whole drink. Also, it was rich and had just the right amount of foam on top to be considered a latte. The drink was accompanied by three little cookies on the side. One sesame cookie (light and nutty), one matcha cookie (nice and lightly matcha tasting), and a matcha “sandwich” cookie (a good balance of earthy matcha-ness and sweet). If matcha is a bit bitter for you, I feel like the cookies will help to balance it all out 🙂
Let me just say, I love food that tastes great, but I love food even more when it looks great as well. Basho has both of them covered (at least from what I tasted in my set). The Kawai family (the family that runs Basho) is so friendly and sweet- they don’t hesitate to create small talk with their customers. I’m curious about the rest of their menu though; like the Teri Pulled Pork and their Basho Chai Latte. I’ll definitely be back to have a taste for more of their food/drinks while lounging with my textbooks.