Photos by Rachel Dua, Words by Khanh Ta
Bostonians can now enjoy the smart and slick menu of Seoul, Korea’s largest coffee shop. Though simple and limited in choices, Caffé Bene guarantees high-quality food and beverages.
The drink menu consists of both typical and the atypical coffeehouse fare. Coffee-fanatics can get their fix from traditional choices, such as cappuccino, macchiato, espresso, latte, etc. For those who prefer a lighter, sweeter option, Caffé Bene’s Peach or Lemon virgin Mojito is highly recommended. The dessert menu is not limited to traditional tea-breads, cakes, and pasties, and also comes in hot or cold.
Perfect for winter, the hot menu offers a selection of toasted waffles and honey-breads. Try the Belgian Liege waffle accompanied by a scoop of gelato or a serving of whipped-cream and fruit. The toasted honey-bread is rich with glazed softness, warm steam and sugar-scented delight. This option can also be topped with fruits such as strawberries or banana, but the most popular choice is the Caramel Cinnamon topping. Just imagine yourself cozying up to studying by the foggy windowpane one afternoon, with your book, jazz music playing and your honey-bread.
But for those that are still holding onto the last bits of summer, the cold dessert menu will take you back to July. Caffé Bene offers a wide selection of gelato and Bingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert that comes with sweet toppings such as fruits, condensed milk, fruit syrup and sometimes, red bean paste. Some seasonal favorites include Caramel Popcorn, Mango and Cookies & Cream. Don’t be discouraged by the prices of these sweet dishes; portions such as that of the Bingsu are large enough for 3 people to share!
If you are craving something savory instead, Caffé Bene also offers a small range of sandwiches, which make for a hearty lunch. Baguettes are filled with your choice of teriyaki or spicy chicken, Asian shrimp and more.
333 Mass Ave, Boston, MA (between Huntington Ave & St. Botolph St)
Mon to Sat 6:00am - 11:00pm; Sun 7:00am - 10:00pm