Monday, June 2, 2014

Bofe Eatery @ Section 19, Petaling Jaya

Plenty of potential here at Bofe, which opened this week near PJ's SS2, helmed primarily by a three-man team, including experienced chef Tony Fu. Bofe's baffling name is actually an acronym for "Best of Everything," a promise that it's eager to fulfil.

Bofe looks beautiful, suffused with soothing colours & lighting that were clearly born of careful thought & effort. It's likely to become a popular hangout in the weeks ahead; luckily, it seems spacious & comfortable enough to cater to possible crowds.

For now, Bofe opens 11am-10pm everyday, with speakers that blast a Top 40 playlist (One Direction to OneRepublic) & a kitchen that serves a full menu from morning through nightfall; that's a strenuously punishing schedule that should eventually ease though.

 Bofe's selection is eclectic & enterprising, bolstered by lower-than-expected prices. The well-executed watermelon gazpacho, a fruity interpretation of the chilled soup classic that's subtly infused with herbs & citrus juices, costs RM6.90.

Crab canapes with a dash of vodka (don't expect a full-blown taste of the liquor), cushioned by crackers. The crustacean meat is luscious & lavish, making this worth the RM12 price tag (even if we're not fans of the crackers).

Another enjoyable appetiser: Roast duck burritos (RM8.90), stuffed with meat that's tender & tasty. For fellow fans of our favourite feathered creature, Bofe also serves mains of cinnamon-tinged duck leg with orange plum sauce & duck ragu penne.

An East-West coupling blossoms in this apple salad (not wholly a Waldorf), with what the menu calls a Nyonya kerabu twist. Pleasant, though the flavours could stand to pop more powerfully. Still, for RM6.90, we shouldn't whine.

Creamy guacamole, combined with capsicum-&-cheese quesadillas (RM8.90), suitable for mindless munching. 

Paprika-grilled chicken with soba, salad & sesame dressing. A chef's recommendation; could benefit from something extra to take it to the next level (many recipes here could use more nuance & complexity), but again, definitely defensible for RM8.90.

Mains range from the easy-to-eat Provencal-inspired braised beef (served with potato wedges, RM25) ... 

 ... to the moist (too moist? maybe) pan-fried sea bass fillet with cilantro butter sauce & pilaf-influenced rice. RM18.90.

Pick your poison. As with too many of PJ's cafes, nothing stronger than the above is available. 

Ultimately, Bofe is a likeable place run by people who seem genuinely nice. Its food could still be tweaked, but we appreciate its ambition & sense of adventure, so we're happy to wish the folks here well.

Welcome ... First We Eat, Then We Do Everything. (Ha!) P.S. Parking's a breeze outside Bofe.

Bofe Eatery
16, Jalan 19/36, Section 19, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7932-2397

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32 comments:

  1. I like the turquoise color pillow :D

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    1. Ken: that's a terrific colour for cafe furnishing :)

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  2. So is it pronounced boff or bo-fay or bee-of-ee? Of course, the roast duck burritos for me, please. Duck's my weakness. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: good question that we forgot to ask, haha :D heheh, yeah, i can't duck the duck either! :D

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    2. Hi Suituapui, it's pronounced Bo-Fi and we happy to serve you.

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    3. Dess: thanks for the confirmation :)

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  3. Actually their food is pretty affordable for what it is... crab meat is pretty expensive to buy so I would happily pay that price for it. Strangely, what attracts me most abt BOFE are the textured walls. LOL!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i was pleasantly surprised at the prices of the food, especially in this age of noticeable inflation. no regrets ordering the crab :D heheh, i agree with you on the attractiveness of those walls though. kudos to the interior decorator :D

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  4. I love the calming decor here, Sean! I just find the lights kind of bright for such a calm setting. :)

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    1. Linda: true, the lighting still felt soft enough during daytime, but it'd be interesting to see what the effect is at night :)

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  5. The roast duck burritos and 2 bowls of the paprika-grilled chicken with soba, salad & sesame dressing please... =)

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    1. Ulric: i think you'd like the roast duck burritos! :D

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    2. Then 2 orders of the roast duck burritos and 1 bowl of the paprika-grilled chicken with soba, salad & sesame dressing please... :P

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    3. Ulric: or save space for the pan-fried duck breast with mashed potatoes & roasted goma sesame sauce (RM15.90 only) :)

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    4. Ohmagod! I m so going here soonnnnnnnnn :3

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    5. Ulric: hope you enjoy it :) maybe order two or three items first, and if you like them, then order some more. i really liked about 50 percent of the dishes here, while the other 50 percent could use some more fine-tuning (especially the main courses) :)

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    6. Ok ok...noted with thanx! =)

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    7. Ulric: no worries, hopefully your orders will be the hits :)

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  6. This place looks simple and nice, the food look good too and friendly price, worth a try I guess. :)

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    1. CK: yeah, the total bill ended up to be less than half of what some other cafes might charge. and the place feels welcoming :)

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  7. i like the blue-themed decor! Must visit for the decor! (I'm seriously a blue-addicted lover)

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    1. 小乱: it's a very pleasant colour, very nice to photograph! i hope you'll enjoy visiting this place :)

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  8. Those appetizers look good, great to have them when gossip session :P

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, can nibble on those tasty treats while sharing cheerful and colourful conversations :D

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  9. Parking is a breeze? I'd visit then!

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, yeah, surprisingly even on a weekday at noon, there were more than a dozen vacant spaces outside :D

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  10. Looks like it has potential if not quite hit its stride yet

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: ya, i'm cautiously optimistic that they'll be able to live up to their promise eventually :)

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  11. I wonder if this place has improved since last year??

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  12. I wonder if this place has improved since last year??

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