Vanilla has ample indoor seating, but is so popular that it spills out into the outside mall. You can hear Vanilla's cheesy Greek music and the hundreds of conversations taking place at the outdoor tables from the next street.
I ordered an iced chocolate. With a ball of vanilla flavoured ice cream floating in it and dusted with cocoa, it was satisfying but nothing special.
Iced chocolate from Oakleigh's Vanilla Lounge. $5.50.
Our table ordered a bowl of wedges to share, finding everything else on the menu to be prohibitively expensive and not conducive to sharing. The wedges were crispy and fat without being too oily, but again were standard cafe fare.
An impressive display of cakes is the centrepiece of the store. The endless trays of traditional Greek treats look tempting, although may be more suited to a morning or afternoon tea than a late-night visit.
With full table service, there are plenty of waitstaff on duty during their busy times. Despite Vanilla being so populated, service is quick and delivered with a smile.
You know a cafe is big when they have their own magazine. Seasonally, Vanilla releases a glossy publication covering local news, current affairs from overseas that interest the predominantly Greek population, and lifestyle features. Leafed through copies of the substantial publication can be found on tables all over the cafe. Yet with the place being filled with the sound of impassioned conversation, it's not the kind of cafe where you would have a quiet coffee as you thumb through their magazine.
You don't go to Vanilla for their satisfying yet nondescript vanilla food and drinks. You go there for the atmosphere.
there is a much better place for great atmosphere, awesome cakes, as the owners are actually pastry chefs and you can hear yourself talking, and they offer you great coffee and its called Nikos quality cakes..An .icon in Oakleigh for 25 years then everybody else followed..