The award-winning Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Eaton Mall offers pure indulgence in the heart of Oakleigh.
The family-run patisserie, coffee lounge and restaurant opened in 2008, and features two levels – a spacious, modern lounge area downstairs and an upstairs covered terrace with skylights.
With seven pastry chefs on deck, Vanilla has carved a name for itself in the industry for its beautifully-presented, decadent cakes, which entice patrons from the display counter.
The galaktoboureko, a Greek dessert of custard in filo with syrup, is a popular choice, as are the pastes and baklava.
The food menu is as scrumptious as the desserts and is mostly organic, with Greek and Mediterranean offerings such as lamb souvlaki, spanakopita, chicken parmesan, moussaka and fresh seafood options.
Vanilla Cakes and Lounge offer their own brand of coffee, Dukes, and the frappés, or Greek foam-covered iced coffees, are a summer favourite with locals.
On Thursday nights, there is live music in English and Greek from 8pm, and the venue caters for larger functions of up to 150 people.
Owner Helen Spanos and her husband run the business with their four children and their partners.
The family burst on to the hospitality scene in 1976, when they opened Medallion Cafe and Cakes in Lonsdale St. In August 2008, they opened Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Oakleigh, and since then the restaurant has gone from strength to strength, extending every year to keep up with the masses.
“We eat here, we live here, we work here, so the food is what we want to eat, that’s what we offer,” said Ms Spanos.
“Everything is local, everything is as organic as can be.”
Ms Spanos said she believed their strong sense of family resonated well with the community.
“We believe in family and the time that we share together as a family is very important to us,” she said.
“We see one another every day and we all work together, and that’s our joy.
“We love doing what we’re doing because we’re together.”
Vanilla Cakes and Lounge is open from 6am to 1am, 7 days a week, all year except Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.
All images and video courtesy vanillalounge.com.au
Visit Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Oakleigh
Vanilla Cakes and Lounge is at 17-21 Eaton St, Oakleigh.