Apparently my dining partner and I had never met up for an entire year, and since we were finally able to meet up after such a long duration of time we wanted to find a spot where we could really have a solid brunch that was satisfying. Found out about Boufe Boutique Cafe on Instagram, where the pretty food and all-white decor attracted our attention and we decided “why not?”
As much as we wanted to trick ourselves that Boufe is a French word that’s all classy and chic, it is actually a made-up word for the two concepts under the roof; a combination of the two words “boutique” and “cafe”. The boutique takes a corner of the cafe, largely selling female apparels while their male counterparts take a sip at the cafe while watching them shop. Here they serve two different menus; a brunch menu runs from morning to afternoon and a dinner menu that starts from the evening. There are some communal plates and desserts too for those who fancy something lighter.
(Classic Croque Madame)
Since we were in for brunch, I tried the Classic Croque Madame; a typical Croque Monsieur that has ham and cheese in between two pieces of bread covered with cheese and topped off with a sunny side-up. While it is a typical dish served at cafés, Boufe’s version felt slightly different. For a start, the ham used felt pretty premium and came in thick cuts with generous portions. That, and the cheese both was enough to fill up the entire sandwich within. Topped off with cheese that felt rather pizza-like and a sunny side-up that flows when cut, this was pretty comforting for a dish to start the day with.
(Truffle House Baguette)
If the Classic Croque Monsieur works for you, then the Truffle House Baguette would definitely impress further. Boufe bakes their baguettes for this dish fresh daily, which is crusty and crisp, with a bit of crunch on the edges. Smothered with creamy mushroom ragout with a hint of truffle, it was earthy and flavourful and when drenched in the broken yolk of the hard boiled egg, this was simply awesome. Would really want to order one of this for myself the next time I visit!
I still had space for dessert so I went for the Citron Tart. Buttery base that crumbles neatly, filled with tart-yet-sweet Citron curd and soft torched Meringue which tasted of marshmallow-like sweetness, this was pretty appetizing and refreshes the appetites after a heavy brunch.
Flat White had earthy and nutty tones with a somewhat medium body. Not the best, but decent enough for a casual cuppa to accompany for brunch for it’s not too strong.
Despite its rather inconvenient location, Boufe Boutique Cafe has already managed to attract crowds from different areas for its simple and clean decor and their delicious and beautifully presented brunch dishes. For those who do not drive, it is accessible by bus from town, though Boufe Boutique Cafe is around a 10 minute walk away from the bus stop that we alighted. Alternatively there seemed to be a shuttle bus service that operates between Redhill MRT and Phoenix Park, though we had no idea about the frequency and break timings for the bus as we boarded the bus by coincidence while heading out of the premises. A spot in town that is worth looking out for in time to come!
Boufe Boutique Cafe
308 Tanglin Road