Thursday, April 30, 2015

What to name our Boutique / Cafe? Why not Boufe?

I kid you not, the name of this Boutique / Cafe hybrid is simply "Boufe." Occupying a shoplot in the gorgeously retro Phoenix Park off Tanglin Road (think colonial-style bungalows with whitewashed walls), the shared entrance splits off to the boutique on the left and the cafe on the right. Since we're not a haute couture blog we'll concentrate solely on the food!

Boufe Boutique Cafe Phoenix Park

Boufe has an almost-all-white interior motif - all the furniture, walls and ceilings are white or close to white. Together with the huge windows it makes for a very airy, open feel in the dining area. Menu options are pretty basic, with little more than brunch basics like eggs benedict, croque monsieur, smoked salmon croissant, sides of truffle fries and crispy wings ... and of course a mandatory big breakfast. Here it's the Triple B (Boufe's Big Breakfast, $21 nett), and comes with sausages, mini croissant, salad, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and candied bacon. It's all pretty par for the course for the price, with the exception of the scrambled eggs which are a gorgeous serving of creamy, velvety deliciousness.

Boufe Boutique Cafe Phoenix Park Big Breakfast

There's also a selection of single-portion cakes and desserts - like this Chocolate Tart ($5.50 nett). The tart is lined with a thick caramel paste that isn't too sweet, and the glaze/filling is suitably chocolate-y and moist.

Boufe Boutique Cafe Phoenix Park Chocolate Tart

We also tried the Strawberry Shortcake ($8.00 nett), which was pretty good! Sponge layers were light and fluffy and the whipped cream layers were smooth and not too sweet.

Boufe Boutique Cafe Phoenix Park Strawberry Shortcake

Naturally we washed it all down with coffee - Flat Whites and Lattes are $4.80 nett each. Our preference is for slightly more intense flavours, but the coffee was still pretty decent nevertheless.

Boufe Boutique Cafe Phoenix Park Latte Flat White

The nett pricing brings us to $44.10 for two - which are very reasonable prices for brunch in cafes around town. Ambience is nice and chic and Boufe would be a great place to catch up with friends or impress a date - pity the location's a little out of the public transport net so it would be best if you drive or take a taxi. Non-halal.

Boufe Boutique Cafe
308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, #01-01, S 247974.
Open from 10am on Sat/Sun (no reservations accepted on weekends, tends to fill up by 11am).

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