RBC's Vietnamese Coffee offers a spin on the traditional ca phe su, sweetened condensed milk to line the bottom, a shot of the dark roast espresso, and full, velvety foam to top. For days when an ordinary espresso just won't do.
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
My favorite milkshake flavor at Il Laboratorio del Gelato—Fig. They blend it with whole milk, making for a clean, elegant, not too thick nor overwhelming shake. You won't feel too stuffed after this one. It's like drinking up chilly, sweet fig cream, every sip studded with a tease of tiny bits of fresh figs, seeds and all.
Moomah's Almond Butter Lover is an almond butter-based smoothie with bananas, dates, and rice milk. A creamy concoction with a lingering nuttiness, but not at all heavy. What makes this smoothie memorable is an unanticipated twist—one very generous pinch of sea salt.
ABC Kitchen's Chocolate Chunk Smoothie. The base of this thin smoothie is lightly sweetened almond milk—housemade, and blended with chunks of frozen bananas and Thai coconut meat. Then goes a shot of chocolate syrup made from real cacao, and a final sprinkle of cacao nibs, whirred into extra tiny bits for crunch in every sip.
Fresh fruit, little sugar, with the final drink more icy and refreshing than creamy and filling, Taim makes the best fruit smoothie in the city. Simple touches of lime, ginger, and basil provide a lovely touch. I often turn to the Date-Lime-Banana, though feel free to mix and match to your liking from a selection that includes pears, cantaloupe, and raspberries.