It has been almost two years since I last went to Cafe Mano, which is sad because I used to go there so often! So this visit was definitely long-overdue. As one of the very few nearly-all-vegan cafes in Seoul, I’m glad that they are still around and doing well~
I noticed that they have embraced the vegan theme more than before. Infact, there is now a little sign explaining ‘vegetarianism’ and ‘veganism’ in Korean, and their dishes and drinks are more clearly marked with the actual word “vegan” all over the place! :)
They used to have more cookies, pies, and other baked goods in the fridge display, but I didn’t see much of that this time around. Instead, they now have a few light meal options such as chickpea salad and vegetable stew, as well as vegan waffles! We just got drinks but I will have to visit again to try their waffles next time.
They also have an expanded summer menu with various icy frappuccino drinks. They all looked amazing and tempting but in the end we settled on a Brown Rice & Almond Milk Shake (5,500), and a Red Bean Green Tea Frappe (6,000).
The brown rice almond milk shake was really delicious and, for lack of a better word, almondy. Instead of just strained almond milk, they blended up whole almonds and included the pulp, which gave it a little bit of texture. The pulp eventually settled to the bottom of the glass, but that wasn’t a problem because we could just stir it up again with the straw. It was sweet, nutty, and refreshing!
The green tea frapp was also pretty amazing. It definitely had an intense green tea flavor, which was complemented by the sweet, earthy red bean paste. I just love this combination. The smoothie was nice and thick too, so you could eat it with a spoon if you so desired. You can also tell that they make their own ‘pat’ red beans, so kudos to them for that.