On Thursday I was invited to try the newish Boudha Lounge on Buiten Street, in the block between Loop and Long streets, offering Cantonese cuisine. Its marketing is managed by well-known Justin Paul Jansen, and his formula is to offer a restaurant and bar service to guests, as well as a DJ box, with a line-up of different DJs on different evenings. DJ René will play on Tuesday evenings, from 19h00 until late.
Boudha Lounge is strongly Asian decorated, with Buddha figures in one wall, a larger budda figure as one enters, and a ceiling grid having an Asian feel too. Dominant colours are red and black, and I loved the red lacquer chopsticks one eats the dishes with. Justin walked me through the venue, looking for a table to seat me at, and decided on a more lounge type table at the entrance, round in shape, with comfortable chairs, next to a larger group of patrons. By surprise, DJ René arrived, and joined me at my table, but not eating.
The menu, cocktail and wine list were brought to my table, and a glass of Pongracz sparkling wine served. I was told that I would be served taster bites of some of their dishes prepared by Chef Wesley Chen, previously of Mr. Chan, and told Justin my dietary requirement, which is mainly not eating strongly spiced foods. He told me to choose from the menu what I wanted to eat, and I was happy for this flexibility.
From the list of starters I selected Har Gao, a black truffle scented steamed prawn dumpling in translucent pastry, three dumplings served in a bamboo basket with a soy as well as a chili sauce, costing R80. I did not taste nor smell the truffle scent. Other starters include pork steamed dumplings, a dumpling soup, pot stickers, prawns, and BBQ spare ribs, at R 105 and under. Rice, egg noodles and Udon noodles cost R30.
I was excited to see Peking Duck (R230) on the menu on the main course list, and it was a have-to-have. It was a dish, together with Duck Orange, that used to be my favorite in the days when I used to love eating at Haiku many many moons ago, I did ask for the spring onion to be excluded, and my serving was a generous portion of duck, pancakes, and strips of cucumber. There was so much duck on my plate that I was brought a bowl of rice to finish off the rest with, as well as an extra bowl of their very yummy plum sauce. I finished every last bit of this dish, larger in portion than I am used to eating.
Other main courses include pork belly, chicken, crayfish and ribs, BBQ beef, kingklip, mushroom and snap peas, and Cantonese fried rice with pork and shrimp, ranging in price from R80 to R450.
A second glass of bubbly was poured, and then Justin brought two bowls of strawberry sorbet, one for DJ René too, a strong colour contrast in the black bowl, but very sweet in taste. Yet I finished it!
The Thursday evening DJ Dino Moran was not playing when I was there, and a stand-in DJ turned up the music as the evening went along. Not feeling very well, I did not dance, and went home.
I loved the Peking Duck, and look forward to trying out Boudha Lounge, to dance to DJ René, tomorrow evening. On Wednesdays Charles Summerfield plays a live gig, and on Thursday DJ Dino Moran is in the house.
Boudha Lounge, 4B Buiten Street, Cape Town. Tel (021) 422-2268 www.boudhalounge.com Instagram: @boudha_ct
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