Basho Cafe was the best find in my last trip to Vancouver!
Away from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver downtown, Basho is located in east Vancouver.
The wood decor gave an old style, rustic comfort, reminiscent of Kyoto’s sweets shop, and homeliness of a family run business.
Basho roasts their own coffee, and definitely serves one of the best coffee around.
We had mocha and it was absolutely smooth, roasty and delicious.
They were better than my favorite here in Seattle — Storyville.
One can order hand-pour coffee with different amount of coffee beans as well.
For sure not to overlook their matcha offering.
Matcha latte was a little bitter, still light and tasty.
Basho also offers a matcha latte mocha.
They serve the cutest little pastries, and a great variety as well: mochi cakes, Madelleines, brownies, short bread cookies, almond cookies, to name a few.
Green tea almond cookie was hard, a little softer than biscotti and very nutty.
A cat shape green tea cookie was much sweeter than the almond cookie, but with loads of matcha that the bitterness of tea powder came through; texture was lovable, soft and crumbly.
One of my favorite was the green tea Madeleine, chewy, caramelly outside, buttery, eggy, with a touch of matcha flavor.
Not everything was with matcha.
We had a black sesame cookie which had a very tasty, roasty flavor; and an interesting honey miso cake.
I never thought miso could be in dessert; and interestingly the honey and miso flavor went well together.
The chocolate almond cookie was buttery but not choclatey enough in my opinion.
Basho offers the small snacks and drink as an afternoon tea set, and they also offer simple breakfast set of toast, boiled egg and coffee, lunch sets with a choice of tuna tataki, pulled pork or vegetables with soup, sweets and tea.
I wish I live in Vancouver and can go to Basho all the time!