They’ve been open for over nine years, so while I hadn’t ever been to Boubar – I figured they had to be doing something (or somethings) right. Sadly in this town, to make it so long is quite a feat, and I knew it had to be more than just their proximity to UWA.
Recently I headed down for a mid-week brunch with my partner Jeremy after receiving a lovely invitation to try it out. We settled in to the squishy booth reserved for us and scanned the menu excitedly. All around us there were people constantly flitting in and out, stopping by for takeaway coffees, rolls and sweet slices
The music playing needs it’s own special mention. Owner Phong was pumping out the playlist of my younger days and I knew every single song off by heart. From Blackstreet to Biggie to Brandy… it was a wave of melodies that put me in the best mood straight off the bat.
The fit out is welcoming. There’s exposed brick walls and bright lights, and the service is just as warm with every transaction met with a smile and a joke. It’s intimate, relaxing and homely.
Jeremy had been here before, but only for coffee (which he told me was great). It’s always great to try new places, and we were looking forward to spending a bit of time together.
After some careful consideration, my boy chose the omelette of Shark Bay crab ($19.50) with sweet corn and basil, served with sourdough toast to eat and a long mac ($4.50) for his drink.
I was glad he picked this because it was definitely high on my consideration list – and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
I have a long standing scepticism of omelettes. I always want them, sometimes order them, rarely like them. The eggs are often overcooked, the filling under seasoned and lacking. But this time around we were both pleasantly surprised. Generous, generous, generous. This omelette was stuffed full of picked pieces of crab, which were sweet and so delicate in flavour. The pops of juicy corn were really welcome, and are such a natural partner to the seafood.
My mango blueberry pannacotta crunch ($15.50) served with aerated yoghurt, organic ancient grain muesli and textures of blueberry was a delight on the plate and palate.
Now I know breakfast pannacotta is nothing new to Perth cafes, but I thought the way Boubar present theirs was quite different. Instead of one big pannacotta, they had several small mango pannacottas on the plate (look for the yellow blobs) and the centre was that aerated yoghurt.
There was texture, savouriness, sweetness and above all else, flavour. I can see why it’s one of the most popular dishes on the menu, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
And to wash it all down, I chose the citrus melon juice ($7.50) with orange, watermelon and lemon. Frothy and freshly squeezed, it was my kind of fruit combo and quite a large size compared to similarly priced juices out and about town.
When I enjoy a new venue it always annoys me I haven’t checked it out sooner. I thought Boubar was an excellent spot to try out. They’re a great neighbourhood joint, and while their dishes aren’t cutting edge, what they do is well done. And for me, that’s so much more important.
I’m looking forward to heading back again soon – and hopefully to try their dinner service too. Small plates, dim lighting and more of those rad tunes. I’ll be nodding my head every step of the way.