BO AND BUN PIK - JAKARTA
As an avid fan of Vietnamese food sometimes I find it hard to fulfil my craving either because the lack of options or simply because I am bored with the ones I normally go (just sometimes you want something different vibe and food wise), and I was super glad when one day I was driving around PIK and found that Bo&Bun was about to open soon (align with Cake-a-boo)!!! Just a couple of weeks ago I finally managed to have lunch here with my sister!
I am a regular to their first outlet in Seminyak and consistently become my first option when I am craving for good Asian food (aside from Lantern which owned by the same group), while Lantern focuses more to the Asian-Peranakan cuisine, Bo&Bun's food is highly influenced by Vietnamese cuisine. This particular PIK outlet was definitely way more spacious compared to the one in Bali but I must say that each has its own charm, the one in Bali was small but I like the moody-earthy vibe, while the one in PIK had this French bistro vibe to it, a little more posh yet still humble if you know what I mean.
Expect to find various contemporary Vietnamese cuisine to spice up your palette like Pho, Vietnamese rice dishes and Bahn Mi, but as you roll over the pages of their menu you'll soon find various Asian cuisine too. Tried their 12-hour Pho before on my very first visit to their Bali outlet and has been my choice ever since, alongside the very good Chicken Noodle! I actually had the pictures from the last Bali visit but they're somewhere in my holy hard drive so I really have to dig in and found the files (will sure update this blog post).
Price range for the food here ranges from IDR 30k-95k
As for the drinks, here you can find various options of tea, coffee, sodas, juices, beer & ciders, wine, Bo&Bun Specialties, mocktails and milkshakes with price ranging from IDR 15k-100k
Thai Iced Tea (IDR 35k), Summer Days (IDR 40k)
Their Summer Days is one of their signature specialties and reminds me of the sparkling Virgin mojito with lemon, mint, syrup and crushed ice.
Egg nom nom!
You can actually have it how you want it, but the staff there taught me that the suggested way would be having the crushed ice on top of the French creme caramel and have the Vietnamese coffee poured on top of it.
The creme caramel was creamy and milky without tasting overly eggy to my liking, yet the strong Vietnamese coffee managed to balance it off. Good combo.
Based on my experience, I feel like the food here in Bo&Bun came with such interesting and presentation, something about the food that was vibrant with a pop-factor, overall delicious looking and thankfully managed to impress my palate too! As I told you earlier I am a regular to their Bali outlet and there must be a reason, and that's quality and consistency, as simple as that!
I don't think I can replace my love for their Bali outlet because you know it's about that Bali vibe that you can't replace, but at least I know I don't have to travel 1,5 hours on a plane ride to have their delicious Vietnamese food.
The best of luck and welcome to the jungle! Keep up the great work!!!
Rukan Garden House Blok. B No. 18C
Raya Pantai Indah Kapuk RT. 7/2
Kamal Muara, Penjaringan
Jakarta Utara 14470
Opening hours: 11 AM-10 PM
Average spending for two: IDR 200k
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Map for Bo & Bun PIK