Boufe Boutique Cafe. A combination of the words “Boutique” and “Cafe” gave Boufe its name, and hence a boutique-cafe concept was established, where both aspects are accommodated together under the same roof. A seemingly promising prospect for a start, with the intended disposition of especial interest to the female crowds. There are of course, plenty of other attributes that augmented its appeal over the years.
It has been probably 2 years since it opened, and also the third time I had been here. Neither the newest cafe nor did it underwent a thorough revamp of some sort, but I just had to return here again and again despite my long list of pending yet-to-visits. A hot favourite on Instagram back then, and still remains a favourite now among the numerous cafes fast sprouting across the country. What, you may ask, makes it so special?
We headed to Boufe Boutique cafe for brunch on New Year’s eve. Located in a slightly out-of-the-way secluded area within Phoenix Park along Tanglin Road (in Orchard), it took a good 10-15 mins walk uphill to our destination from the nearest bus stop. The environs were laid out in pretty gardens of greens and old preserved buildings in the tranquil compound, and strolling deeper in, we were led further away from the hubbubs of the city. The familiar whitewashed building stood out at the furthest end of the park. Stepping in, I was reminded of why I came back here again.
My first dining experience at Boufe Boutique Cafe over a year ago left a strong impression with its lovely ambience – a unique colonial style facade, white minimalistic interiors with an abundance of natural light streaming through the windows, vases of baby breath placed on each table, and al fresco area surrounded in calming lush greenery akin to an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city for diners to relish their meals in peace. Its charm is further heightened by their extensive menu of delicious food offerings. Another bonus point would be the mini boutique (Ohvola) housed in a corner within the cafe. Though it used to have an array of fashion apparel on display, I’m not quite sure why it was empty when we were there last week. But being not such a fashionista myself, it was all right for my mind was already wandering to the menu instead… Let me just call a halt here first.
I was instantly attracted to their pastries counter, filled with rows of mouthwatering desserts. Regrettably, I haven’t tried most of their highly raved selections yet till now, especially their signature Strawberry Shortcake [S$8] or their Citron Tart [S$5.50]. But with the recently launched Milky Way Cake from their exclusive Christmas menu, I was all ready to savour that gorgeous goodness, and uncover what’s beneath that gleaming galaxy-like exterior.
Another favourite would be the Smoked Salmon Croissant, which consists of bite-sized chunks of croissant served in an open faced style with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on top. There were also blobs of cream cheese on the plate as accompaniments. Perhaps it seems more normal as compared to the other few dishes we had, but we unanimously agreed it was simplicity at its best. The combination of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs never gets old, and especially with their croissant? A heartily delectable dish which exceeded our expectations.
It was a pleasant experience at Boufe Boutique Cafe yet again. Overall, with the prompt service, friendly staff, great ambience with a manifest charm and fantastic food, it is definitely a cafe worth checking out over the weekends.
Boufe Boutique Cafe
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