There are so many new food/coffee shops opening around Vo Van Tan and Cao Thang Sts in District 3 these days that it’s hard to keep up with them. But in the interests of my stomach I keep trying to update constantly. The Bean Store is yet another new one, clean, quiet, sensible background music,nice decor, friendly staff, great menu, good food, reasonable prices, what more need I say?? Give it a try!
Just last week, Tous les Jours, a Korean based French pastry chain opened a new outlet just a few hundred metres from our house. This is very dangerous to a healthy lifestyle and trim waistline, but very handy for a quick treat also.
Me: “I’ll have the smoked beef and cheddar baguette with salad and a cappuccino please. But can you bring the cappuccino after you bring the baguette, not before?”
Waiter: “You want a tall latte?”
Me: “No, I want a cappuccino, but don’t bring it right now, bring it later.”
Waiter: “OK, you want a tall latte?”
Me: “No, why would I want a tall latte? I want a cappuccino.”
Waiter: “Tall latte and cappuccino same thing.”
Me: “No, a cappuccino and tall latte are different things.”
Waiter: “Tall latte and cappuccino the same. They both have one shot espresso and hot milk.”
Me: “Yes, but they are different and I want a cappuccino please.”
At this stage I realised it was pointless asking for the cappuccino later rather than sooner so that I could enjoy it hot after the baguette instead of cold after sitting there for 10 or 15 minutes. Tactical error on my part, I should have ordered the coffee when half way through the baguette, but hey, I was in an upmarket cafe where the staff are supposedly used to serving and understanding foreigners, wasn’t I??? Annam, please get your act together.
early morning cafe scene, downtown Sai Gon