I have this eye twitch. I have this eye twitch and the PussyKat thinks I’m checking out every chick that comes into my owl-like field of vision. I have this eye twitch, see? Invoking mechanisms of Involuntary Muscle Action later became ineffective. Desperation drove me to consult the Love Doctor, Koya Ree Int. His wise advise? “Pakan-a lang, bay. 😉” The cheeky wink made it ever so suggestive but I thought I’d play a better hand by just taking it literally.
“Babe, please give me one more chance…”
“It won’t happen again. Please! Don’t break up with me!”
“Look, I was gonna take you to Butterbean.
A script not too unfamiliar played out in a radio ad and I snapped a knowing look in her direction. The slow slap-wipe-shove against the smirk on my face meant Butterbean it is.
This cookie and brownie go-to has finally grown beyond a kiosk of sweets to a full café with meals. A stone’s throw away from Ayala Center-Cebu and located in the growing food scene of Escario and its side streets, the all-white interior of Butterbean Desserts Café is broken by pops of its trademark reds.
Table envy set in even before we made our orders. A fruit and ice cream Bingsoo called Four Seasons on one table got us all excited for desserts. So did the Turtle Pie, Green Tea Cake and Banoffee Pie trio on another.
Seeing a beautiful Fried Onion Blossom on the table right next ensured that we had one on ours. I’ve always been a huge fan of the white onion flavor with its pungent, spicy sweetness. The fry-treatment is an instant magic trick giving it a crispy goodness and the novelty of its blossom shape further sold me to it. Served with ketchup and mayo dips, the freshly-fried Potato Chips alongside it made it a weighty appetizer.
Zoning in on the sandwich list, I was slightly disappointed not to find any burgers. Butterbean’s Roast Beef Bahn Mi stepped up to the plate. Tasty, tenderized beef strips filled a split single-serve Baguette with generous helpings of onions, carrot and daikon julienne, lettuce, mayo and, the all-important cilantro for that definitive Bahn Mi flavor. Skipping the usual soy sauce dressing or Hoisin gave it a milder taste than the traditional.
Lasagna is a hungry man’s pasta and Butterbean’s was one quite filling. Served on the tian it was baked in, Butterbean’s Lasagna kept all the rendered moisture and flavors of the beef, tomato sauce and molten cheese making each bite very tasty. Even the pasta averse PussyKat loved it.
To begin this meals end, we had Brownie Cupcakes Ala Mode. From the number of in-house, homemade flavors they had, we chose Salted Caramel. The contrast of the saltine flavor on the creamy caramel was wonderful as was its coldness against the warm, crusty and chewy brownie base.
Along a regular coffee lineup of breweds and blends, Vietnamese-style coffee is also available hot or iced and is served complete with the tin filters.
Desserts still being the highlight of Butterbean, half the bar counter is a display chiller of cakes and, for an interactive feature, a DIY Ice Cream Bar on the other. One starts with a spiral, heart, smiley or bar-shaped ice cream popsicle in either vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or green tea flavors. A choice of either white, milk or dark chocolate coating follows before a sprinkling of any three available toppings of nuts, candy sprinkles and marshmallows. To finish’ a white, milk or dark chocolate drizzle.
Sated and on a sugar high, The PussyKat purred contentedly, her claws finally safely sheathed. I must say, Koya Ree Int, you da man.
Butterbean Desserts Café is located at Escario corner Tojong Street, Cebu City. Telephone number 401-2710.